Susan Kirtley, Ph.D.

Director of Rhetoric and Composition
Director of Comics Studies

FMH M307 | 503-725-2248 |

B.A. Lewis & Clark College
M.A. Boise State University
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst

On the PSU faculty since 2011


Composition & Rhetoric, Writing and Technology, Visual Rhetoric, Comic Art and Graphic Narratives, and Women Writers


Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass. University Press of Mississippi, January, 2012.


“Anne Askew's Indirect Ethos.” Rhetoric in the Rest of the West. Eds. Robert Lively, Shane Borrowman, Marcia Kmetz. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (2010): 155-171.

“A Girl's Best Friend: Gender, Computers, and Composition.” Webbing Cyberfeminist Practice: Communities, Pedagogies, and Social Action. Eds. Kristine Blair, Radhika Gajjal & Christine Tulley. Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press, (2008): 153-185.

“Students' Views on Technology and Writing: The Power of Personal History.” Computers and Composition: An International Journal. 22.2 (2005): 209-30.

“Divine Dialogues: Margery Kempe's Conversations with Christ.” Exit 9: The Rutgers Journal of Comparative Literature. VII (2005): 41-54.

“Listening to My Students: The Digital Divide.” Academic Exchange Quarterly. 9.3 (Fall 2005): 136-140.

“What's Love Got to Do With It?: Eros in the Composition Classroom.” A Way to Move: Rhetorics of Emotion in Composition Studies. Eds. Dale Jacobs & Laura Micciche. Portsmouth: Boynton/Cook, (2003): 56-66.