Dr. Debbie Williams

E-mail: debbie.williams@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • rhetoric
  • composition studies
  • 20th Century American Literature
  • hypertext
  • literacy studies

Courses typically taught:

  • Rhetoric as Written Discourse: Rhetorical Analysis
  • Business and Professional Writing
  • first year composition courses
  • Seminar in Teaching Composition

Published works:

  • Bibliographer. Bibliography of Composition and Rhetoric. Conference on College Composition and Composition. 1996, 1997 eds.
  • De-Frocking the President as Priest: The Role of Christian Language in the Presidency of George W. Bush. Yone Sugita, editor. Monograph series in progress. Tokyo, Japan, 2005.
  • "Effective Peer Evaluation in Learning Teams" with Drs. Doug Foster, Bo Green, Paul Lakey, Raye Lakey, Foy Mills, and Carol Williams. To Improve the Academy. Vol. 22 (2004).
  • "Frederick Beuchner." Shadow and Light Teacher's Handbook. Eds. Darryl Tippens and Steve Weathers. Abilene, TX: ACU Press, 1998.
  • "Issues of Access." Interchapter response in "Computers and Writing Community Voices."  In Computers and Writing: The Cyborg Era. By James Inman. Laurence Erlbaum, Associates, Publisher. 2003.
  • Student Development Theory: A Framework for Informing Choices of Pedagogies. E-Source for College Transitions. http://www.sc.edu/fye/esource/index.html. August 2004.
  • “Teaching with Technology or the Technology of Teaching:  Reconstructing Authority in the Classroom.” ACE Journal  (1 Spring-Summer) 1997: 41-49.

 Originally from: Texas

Work of literature, art or music you would recommend: Works of social activist Paulo Freire, Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, and Tom Stoppard

Person who influenced your life: Drs. Bill Walton and Clyde Austin; Drs. James Berlin and Janice Lauer

Why you do what you do: I love the experience of learning and sharing knowledge: I find few things more exhilarating.

What you want to give your students: I expect to be a godly model of critical thinking, discipline, humility, and empathy.

What you expect from your students: I expect students to engage in thorough, thoughtful communication while performing their scholarship in a godly, good-faith effort, just as I expect to do for them.

Why you are at ACU: I teach at ACU because I wanted to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Christian education to overtly frame my vocation in Christian world view.

Favorite anecdote: Teaching barefoot because I forgot to wear my shoes.

Outside interests:

  • environmental issues
  • advocacy issues (healthcare)
  • piano
  • my children’s extracurricular activities
  • travel


  • spouse: Rocky
  • children: Lacey, Jillian, and Ian
  • a host of pets, including all-time favorites Breca the dog and Gorgias the fish 
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