Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Peggy O'Neill

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Professor of Writing
Department Chair

Maryland Hall 043L
410-617-2934 (fax)

I regularly teach WR100 Effective Writing, our first-year core course, and courses such as Introduction to Rhetoric, Style, and Rhetoric of Professional Writing. My teaching is grounded in the basic rhetorical framework that highlights the role of audience, purpose and context in crafting a text. I also emphasize writing as a process, which means stressing activities such as revision and editing. My goal as a teacher of writing and rhetoric is to help students be successful not only in producing effective written texts but also in developing the ability to adapt one’s writing for a variety of purposes, audiences and contexts.

My scholarly work is primarily devoted to writing pedagogy and assessment. I frequently collaborate with colleagues at Loyola and across the country in research, publication, and service. In addition to publications and presentations, I have served on many committees and task forces. For more information about my scholarship and service activities, see my curriculum vitae (PDF format).

In addition to my teaching and scholarship, I am currently serving as the department chair after serving as the department’s director of composition for eleven years.

Click on the covers below for more information about my books:

Guide to College Writing Assessment CoverReframing Writing Assessment CoverCover of Assessing Writing: A Critical Sourcebook

Cover of Blurring BoundariesCover of Practice in ContextCover of A Field of Dreams