Chris Warnick

Professor and Director of Writing, Rhetoric, and Publication

Address: 74 George Street, Room 301
Office Hours: Tuesday 1-3 pm.
Phone: 843.953.7148

Chris Warnick received his Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in composition, literacy, pedagogy, and rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh. He researches and teaches courses in first-year writing, literacy, interdisciplinary composition, and the teaching of writing. He currently serves as Associate and Submissions Editor of the journal Literacy in Composition Studies.

He directs and teaches in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Publication program ( and as well as in the first-year writing program.


Ph.D., English, with a concentration in Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy, and Rhetoric, University of Pittsburgh

M.A., English, University of Pittsburgh

B.A., English, Ohio State University

Research Interests

  • Editing and publishing
  • Writing program administration
  • Composition theory and pedagogy
  • Literacy studies
  • First-year writing
  • Writing across the curriculum / writing in the disciplines
  • Histories of writing instruction

Courses Taught

ENGL 110: Introduction to Academic Writing

ENGL 215: Interdisciplinary Composition

ENGL 225: Introduction to Writing Studies

ENGL 299: Introduction to English Studies

ENGL 310: Theories of Teaching Writing

ENGL 366: Editing and Publishing

ENGL 466: Writing the History of English at C of C



“Investigate, Target, Implement, Persevere: Understanding the Academic Publishing Process through Editors’ Eyes.” (Co-written with Brenda Glascott, Tara Lockhart, Justin Lewis, Holly Middleton, and Juli Parrish.) Explanation Points: Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition. Ed. John R. Gallagher and Danielle Nicole DeVoss. Logan: Utah State UP, 2019. 

"There and Back Again, Sort Of: Returning as WPA (and Preparing to Leave)." WPAs in Transition: Navigating Educational Leadership Positions. Utah State UP, 2017.

“Expressive Pedagogies in the University of Pittsburgh’s Alternative Curriculum Program, 1973-1979.” Critical Expressivism: Theory and Practice in the Composition Classroom. Ed. Roseanne Gatto and Tara Roeder. Anderson: Parlor P, 2014. 189-200.

Rev. of From Form to Meaning: Freshman Composition and the Long Sixties, 1957-1974, by David Fleming. Teaching English in the Two-Year College 41.2 (2013): 192-93.

"Proofs and Persuasion: A Cross-Disciplinary Analysis of Math Students' Writing."  (Co-written with Patrick Bahls, Amy Mecklenburg-Faenger, and Meg Scott-Copses.) Across the Disciplines 8.1 (2011).

"Beyond the Budget: Sustainability and Writing Studios."  (Co-written with Emily Cooney and Samuel Lackey.)  Journal of Basic Writing 29.2 (2010): 74-96.

"Texts to Be Worked On and Worked With: Encouraging Students to See Their Writing as Theoretical."  Teaching with Student Texts: Essays Toward an Informed Practice.  Ed. Joseph Harris, John Miles, and Chuck Paine.  Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2010.  163-70.

"Locating the Archives: Finding Aids and Archival Scholarship in Composition and Rhetoric."  Working in the Archives: Practical Research Methods for Composition and Rhetoric.  Ed. Alexis Ramsey, Wendy B. Sharer, Barbara L'Eplattenier, and Lisa Mastrangelo.  Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2010.  91-101.