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Professor Bob Broad

Stevenson Hall - STV 403
Office Hours
Zoom Office Hours for fall 2020 (in weeks the university is in session):
--Tuesdays 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
--Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
--and by appointment.
(If you are not currently enrolled in one of my courses and you would like to meet with me in my Zoom Office Hours, please email me at to arrange Zoom access.)
  • About
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I have taught and conducted research at Illinois State University since 1994. This institution strongly values both teaching and research--and has honored me with awards for both--so I feel professionally at home here.

Teaching Interests & Areas

Writing studies, writing assessment, pedagogies of composition and literature, English education, and research methods.

Research Interests & Areas

Writing assessment (portfolio and communal assessment), relationships between literacy and democracy, English education, and qualitative research methods.

Ph D English

Miami University
Oxford, Ohio

MA English

Middlebury College
Middlebury, Vermont

BA English

Connecticut College
New London, Connecticut

Outstanding Faculty Member

Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society)

Outstanding Faculty Member

Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society)

Outstanding Researcher (Humanities)

College of Arts and Sciences

Outstanding University Teacher Award

Illinois State University

Outstanding Teacher (Humanities)

College of Arts and Sciences

Teaching Initiative Award

Illinois State University

Book Review

B, B. Review of Henry Chauncey: An American Life by Norbert Elliot.. Journal of Writing Assessment 8.1 (2015)

Book, Authored

Theune, M., & Broad, B. We Need to Talk: A New Method for Evaluating Poetry. Multilingual Matters (2017)

Book, Chapter

Broad, B. So Many Data, So Much Time: Living with Grounded Theory in a Rhetorical Autoethnography. Reflections on Qualitative Research in Language and Literacy Education. (2017)

Theune, Michael, and Bob Broad. “The Poetry of Evaluation: Helping Students Explore What They Value in Verse.”
Creative Writing and Education. Ed. Graeme Harper. Buffalo NY: Multilingual Matters Press, 2015. 171-182. Print.

Broad, Bob. “Mapping A Dialectic with Edward M. White (in Four Scenes).” Writing Assessment in the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of Edward M. White. Eds. Norbert Elliot and Les Perelman. New York: Hampton, 2012. 259-69. Print.

Broad, Bob. “Strategies and Passions in Empirical Qualitative Research.” Writing Studies Research in Practice: Methods and Methodologies. Eds. Lee Nickoson and Mary P. Sheridan-Rabideau. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2012. 197-209. Print.

Journal Article

t, M., & Broad, B. Value Hunger: Feeding the Need for Assessment in Poetry.. Birmingham Poetry Review 44.Spring (2017): 63-88.
Broad, B. This is Not Only a Test: Exploring Structured Ethical Blindness in the Standardized Testing Industry.. Journal of Writing Assessment 9.1 (2016)

Slomp, David H., Roger Graves, and Bob Broad. “(Re-) Mapping the System: Toward Dialogue-Driven Transformation in the Teaching and Assessment of Writing.”  Alberta Journal of Educational Research 60.3 (Fall 2015).  Print. 

Broad, Bob., and Michael Theune. “How We Value Contemporary Poetry: An Empirical Inquiry.” College English 73.2 (November 2010) : 113-137. Print.


Learning More about What SLACs Value in Their Students’ Writing. Liberal Arts Colleges Writing Program Administrators (SLAC-WPA) annual conference. Liberal Arts Colleges Writing Program. (2011)
Program Assessment for WPAs: A Day-Long Workshop and Resource Festival. Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA) annual conference. WPA Assessment Institute. (2011)
Qualitative Research on Assessing Students’ Writing. Conference on College Composition and Communication. CCCC Qualitative Research Network Roundtable. (2011)
What We Value in IU ENG W-131: An Ongoing Collaborative Inquiry. Indiana University Writing Program Directors’ Symposium.. (2011)
Teaching Composition and Communication as Critical Inquiry. Forty-Third Annual Community College and University Articulation Conference. (2007)