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Jeffrey M. RingerJeffrey M. Ringer

Associate Professor, Head of First Year Composition


Jeff Ringer’s research interests center broadly on the intersections of rhetoric and religion. Recent publications have focused on what happens when American evangelical Christian students integrate faith into their academic writing and on ways of thinking about the nature of belief in composition studies. He has also examined the religious rhetoric of Barack Obama and begun to consider the complexities of faith-based human rights rhetoric in our current age of globalization. He’s currently working on a book project that considers how evangelical Christian students in first-year writing courses appeal to and even develop values that offer promise for future civic engagement. Additionally, Ringer is interested in the question of writing transfer. With Mike DePalma of Baylor University, he has published work theorizing adaptive transfer, a framework that allows writing researchers to acknowledge the ways in which student writers both re-use and reshape prior writing knowledge to fit new contexts. Ringer teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric and writing.


  • PhD, University of New Hampshire
  • MA, University of Vermont
  • BA, Lee University



  • Vernacular Christian Rhetoric and Civil Discourse: The Religious Creativity of Evangelical Student Writers. Studies in Rhetoric and Communication. New York: Routledge, 2016.
  • Mapping Christian Rhetorics: Connecting Conversations, Charting New Territories. Studies in Rhetoric and Communication. New York: Routledge, 2015. Co-edited with Michael-John DePalma. (Winner of the Religious Communication Association’s Book of the Year award for 2015).

Articles or Chapters

  • "Working With(in) the Logic of the Jeremiad: Responding to the Writing of Evangelical Christian Students.” College Composition and Communication. Forthcoming, 2017.
  • Adaptive Remediation and the Facilitation of Transfer in Multiliteracy Center Contexts.” Computers and Composition. Published online, April 2016. In print, Fall 2016. With Kara Poe Alexander and Michael-John DePalma."
  • “Adaptive Transfer, Genre Knowledge, and Implications for Research and Pedagogy: A Response.” Journal of Second Language Writing 22.4 (December 2013). With Michael-John DePalma.
  • “Adaptive Transfer, Writing Across the Curriculum, and Second Language Writing: Implications for Research and Teaching.” WAC and Second Language Writers: Research towards Linguistically and Culturally Inclusive Programs and Practices. Ed. Michelle Cox and Terry Zawacki. Anderson, SC: Parlor P, 2013. With Michael-John DePalma.
  • “The Dogma of Inquiry: Composition and the Primacy of Faith.” Rhetoric Review 32.3 (Summer 2013): 349-65.
  • “The Consequences of Integrating Faith into Academic Writing: Casuistic Stretching and Biblical Citation.” College English 75.3 (January 2013): 272-99.
  • “Liberating ‘Liberatory’ Education, or What Do We Mean by ‘Liberty’ Anyway?” JAC 25.4 (2005): 761-82. Rpt. in Education as Civic Engagement: Toward a More Democratic Society. Ed. Gary Olson and Lynn Worsham. New York: Palgrave, 2012.
  • “Toward a Theory of Adaptive Transfer: Expanding Disciplinary Discussions of ‘Transfer’ in Second-Language Writing and Composition Studies.” Journal of Second Language Writing 20.2 (June 2011): 134-47. With Michael-John DePalma.
  • “(Re)Charting the (Dis)Courses of Faith and Politics, or Rhetoric and Democracy in the Burkean Barnyard.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 38.3 (July 2008): 311-34. With Michael-John DePalma and Jim Webber.
  • “Faith and Language: Walter Hilton, St. Augustine, and Poststructural Semiotics.” Christianity and Literature 53.1 (Autumn 2003): 3-18.

Professional Service

  • President, Rhetoric and Religious Traditions Special Interest Group, Conference on College Composition and Communication, current.