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).
- Writing Studies / Rhetoric and Composition
- Writing and the Teaching of Writing
- English Studies
- Research Methods
- Writing Assessment
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Rhetorical Theories and Histories
- Composition Pedagogy
U.S. mailing address:
Department of English
Campus Box 4240
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-424O