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Dr. Heather Hill

Dr. Heather Hill



2875 Colden Hall



Joined Northwest in 2018

Assistant Professor

Composition Coordinator


  • Ph.D. English: Language and Rhetoric; University of Washington
  • M.A. English: Rhetoric and Composition; University of Washington
  • B.A. English: Literature and Language; Western Washington University

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 110: Introduction to College Writing
  • ENGL 111: Composition I: Academic Literacies
  • ENGL 112: Composition II: Writing as Engagement
  • ENGL 115: Accelerated Composition
  • ENGL 380: Practicum in Teaching Writing
  • ENGL 403: Studies in Language
  • ENGL 501: Writing and Pedagogy

Academic Interests

Composition theory and pedagogy, writing program administration, writing center theory and pedagogy, rhetorical genre theory, knowledge transfer, rhetorical theory and criticism, history of rhetoric, discourse theory and analysis, language ideology, sociolinguistics, qualitative research methods.

Scholarly Activity

Recent Publications

  • “Transfer Theory: A Guide to Transfer-focused Writing Center Research.” In Theory and Methods of Writing Center Studies: a Practical Guide. Rebecca Babcock and Jo Mackiewicz, Eds. Rutledge Press, 2020.

  • “Preparing Tutors to Facilitate Transfer.” Transfer of Learning: A WLN Online Volume. Dana Driscol and Bonnie Devet, Eds. 2020

  • “Tutoring for Transfer: The Benefits of Teaching Writing Center Tutors about Transfer Theory.” The Writing Center Journal 36.1 (2016): 81-107.
  • “Embracing Resistance: Teaching Rhetorical Genre Theory at a Christian College.” Transformations: Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy 25.1 (2014): 59-70.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • “Cultivating Resilience to Counter Entitlement: An investigation of the Causes and Solutions for Student Grade Complaints.” Conference on College Composition and Communications. Portland, 2017.
  • “Antecedent Genre Use as Negative Transfer: A Study of the Cherokee Constitution.” Rhetoric Society of America. San Antonio, 2014.
  • “Rhetorical Disconnect: Bridging the Gap between Faith and Composition.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, 2014.
  • “Genre Awareness as the Gateway to Writing in the University.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, 2012.

Other Professional Experiences

Manuscript Reviewer

  • Composition Forum
  • WLN: Journal of Writing Center Scholarship
  • WPA: Writing Program Administration

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Applied Linguistics
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Rhetoric Society of America