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EIU Department of English


Tim N. Taylor, Professor of English & Director of Composition

Office: 3785 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-6309

Spring 2023 Office Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 9-11am or by appointment

Tim Taylor teaches writing, rhetoric, and composition theory and pedagogy. 


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Frequently Taught Courses

ENG 1000: Fundamentals of College Composition
ENG 1001: Composition I
ENG 1002: Composition II
ENG 2760: Introduction to Professional Writing
ENG 5007: Composition Theory and Pedagogy
ENG 5011: Studies in Composition and Rhetoric
ENG 5502: Mentored Composition Teaching



Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric, University of Alabama
M.A. & B.A. in English, Truman State University 


Professional Organizations

Consulting Reader for Teaching English in the Two-Year College
Review Board Member of Praxis: A Writing Center Journal 
Editorial Board Member for The Journal for Civic Commitment

National Council of Teachers of English
Conference on College Composition and Communication
Council of Writing Program Administrators



His teaching and research interests span various fields within Rhetoric/Composition: basic writing, argumentation, writing program administration, composition theory and pedagogy, classical rhetoric, professional writing, writing center theory and practice, civic engagement, and writing across the curriculum. 


Selected Publications

His work has appeared in WPA: Writing Program Administration, Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, College English, Composition Forum, the Journal of Social Studies Research, Social Studies Research and Practice, and the Journal of Social Studies and History Education. He is the co-author of IDEAS & Aims for College Writing with Linda Copeland.


Selected Conference Presentations

He has presented research at an array of local, regional, and national conferences. 


Funding & Grants




For information about the composition program, please visit the the webpage for EIU First-Year Composition:




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Contact Information

Department of English

600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2428
Fax: (217) 581-7209

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