Christian Knoeller

  • Associate Professor
  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1993

Department Information

Comparative Literature // SIS // Faculty
English // Faculty
American Studies // SIS // Affiliated Faculty

Office Information

  • Office: HEAV 314D
  • Office Phone: (765) 494-3779
  • Office Fax: (765) 494-3780
  • E-mail:
  • Specialization

  • English Education

  • Research Areas:
    Why English teachers have historically chosen - and been encouraged - to write, metaphors that students and teachers use to describe their writing processes, classroom discourse analysis, and imaginative writing in response to literature


    Christian Knoeller, Associate Professor in English and Curriculum & Instruction, offers courses on pedagogical approaches for teaching writing and literature at middle and secondary school levels. He has taught high school and college English in Alaska, California, Oregon, and Wisconsin, working with a wide variety of students through public institutions and alternative schools as well as adult literacy and second language programs. In addition, he has been involved in extensive school district curriculum development projects. He holds graduate degrees in creative writing and linguistics from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in language and literacy from the University of California, Berkeley. There he worked at the National Center for the Study of Writing, the Bay Area Writing Project, and National Writing Project. He regularly presents at regional and national conferences such as the National Council of Teachers of English and the NCTE Assembly for Research. His research on teaching appears in Literacy Instruction for Culturally Diverse Students (International Reading Association 1998) and his book Voicing Ourselves: Whose Words We Use When We Talk about Books is published by the State University of New York Press (1998). In addition to research and scholarship in English education, Dr. Knoeller publishes poetry widely. His collection Completing the Circle (2000) was awarded the Millennium Prize. His current research interests include Bakhtinian theory in educational research, classroom discourse analysis, teaching literature in conjunction with creative writing, and why historically teachers of English have been encouraged to write.

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