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Hiking Wordsworth’s Lake District
(summer 1988)

Bob Broad

My full name is Robert Lavery Broad, which has a nice ring to it. That name also records my matriarchal as well as my patriarchal lines. Still, as a modest counter-weight to the self-serious tendencies of the academy, I’ve chosen to make my informal first name (Bob) my professional name.

I am a Professor of English at Illinois State University, teaching graduate courses in rhetoric & composition, writing assessment, research methods, and pedagogy as well as a variety of undergraduate courses in Advanced Composition, English Studies, and English Education. I also direct the Illinois State Writing Project, in which “Teachers Teach Teachers.”

As of July 1, 2021, I have retired from my position as a Professor of English at Illinois State University, making my new professional title “Professor of English Emeritus.” People are welcome to contact me via my ISU email address or by sending me paper mail at ISU (though I will be picking up mail very rarely).

Teaching Interests

  • Writing Studies / Rhetoric and Composition
  • Writing and the Teaching of Writing
  • English Studies
  • Research Methods

Research Interest​s

  • Writing Assessment
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Rhetorical Theories and Histories
  • Composition Pedagogy 


U.S. mailing address:

Bob Broad
Department of English
Campus Box 4240
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-424O

More info about Bob Broad

  • Curriculum vitae (lists my degrees, publications, awards for teaching and research, etc.)
  • Information about my consulting work in writing assessment and other areas
  • Books I have authored or co-authored (click on images for more info):
We Need to Talk: A New Method for Evaluating Poetry
Organic Writing Assessment: Dynamic Criteria Mapping in Action
What We Really Value: Beyond Rubrics in Teaching and Assessing Writing
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