HPU Hires Carpenter As Director Of Writing Program


HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 7, 2009 – High Point University has hired Dr. William J. Carpenter as director of the Writing Program.

In his new role, Carpenter will work with the English department in designing, implementing and assessing the effectiveness of HPU’s composition courses. He will also teach courses in composition, ranging from first-year composition to upper-division classes in writing theory and writing as a means of civic engagement.

“I want to help build a writing curriculum that encourages and enables students to become creative intellectuals – people who approach professional and civic issues from original and thoughtful perspectives,” Carpenter says. “Students should have opportunities to use their writing to analyze concepts, to communicate new ideas to a broad range of audiences, and to challenge the status quo. Composition at HPU will offer students access to cutting-edge technology while introducing them to classic and contemporary rhetorical theories.”

Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of New Jersey, a Master of Arts in English and creative writing from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in composition studies and English language from the University of Kansas. He previously served as assistant professor and director of composition, as well as interim chair of English at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is also the author of numerous articles, book chapters, conference presentations, and invited lectures on pedagogy, assessment of student writing, the use of technology in teaching writing and the effects of emergent technologies on information literacy.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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