Dr. Joe Wilferth, Professor and Head of the Department of English, joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2002.  He teaches courses that include Introduction to Rhetorical Analysis, Professional Writing, Writing Beyond the Academy, and Environmental Rhetorics.  His teaching is complemented by service to the University that has included in recent years chairing the search committee for a new Head of the Art Department, chairing the First Year Reading Experience Committee, membership on the Strategic Planning Task Force (for the UT System), the Sustainability Committee, the Efficiency and Effectiveness Committee, the Campus Master Plan Steering Committee, and more.  He is currently on the UTC Chancellor Search Committee.  Likewise, Dr. Wilferth chairs the Young Southern Student Writers (YSSW) contest and coordinates with the Chattanooga Arts & Education Council the annual YSSW awards ceremony. 

Dr. Wilferth has served on the editorial board for Computers and Composition Online.  His publications in recent years have included a co-edited collection with Dr. Kevin DeLuca (University of Utah) for the online journal Enculturation. This special issue contains a collection of essays devoted to the subject of "image events" or staged acts of protest that are designed for media distribution.  Dr. Wilferth's chapter “Training in Multimodal Technologies Requires Training in Assistive Technologies” is forthcoming (2013) in Preparing Writing Teachers for the Multimodal Age: Professional Development Models (Utah State UP).  In addition to these scholarly works, Dr. Wilferth has recently published poems in Cape Rock and Southern Indiana Review.

Prior to joining the faculty at UTC, Dr. Wilferth earned degrees at from DePauw University (B.A.)--including study at Albert Ludwigs Universitat in Freiburg, Germany--Southeast Missouri State University (M.A.), and Bowling Green State University (Ph.D. in English: Rhetoric and Writing).

Dr. Wilferth values most his students and the learning that takes place within and without the walls of the university. Teaching is, after all, why he entered this strange world of academics.

E-mail Joe Wilferth at Joe-Wilferth@utc.edu

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