Grace Wetzel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Office: Merion Hall 138
Phone: (610) 660-2643
Fax: (610) 660-3235

Pedagogical Style

My courses draw connections between reading, writing, and public engagement—conduits for students’ future studies, careers, and public citizenship.  In order to promote writing that is both rhetorically effective and responsible, I incorporate course texts that address vital public issues and represent a range of genres.  I also use civic engagement to build relationships between students and their surrounding community.  I believe that community-based learning inspires students to develop critically informed writing skills, and that students write best when they are invested in social issues they care about. 


  • B.A., Loyola University Maryland, 2004
  • M.A., University of South Carolina, 2006
  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2011

Professional Experience

  • General Fields of Professional Interest:
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Nineteenth-Century Women’s Rhetoric
  • Composition Pedagogy
  • Public Engagement and Community-Based Learning

Courses Taught

  • ENG 101: Craft of Language
  • ENG 102: Texts and Contexts
  • Women's Rhetorical History
  • History of Rhetoric
  • History of Journalism
  • Writing for Organizations


Selected Publications

“‘[T]he most peaceful I ever felt writing’: A Contemplative Approach to Essay Revision.”  JAEPL: The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning 22 (Winter 2016-17): 33-50.

“Winifred Black’s Teacherly Ethos: The Role of Journalism in Late Nineteenth-Century Rhetorical Education.”  Rhetoric Society Quarterly 44, no. 1 (February 2014): 68-93.

“Prison Collaborative Writing: The Outcomes of Service Relationships Built on Strong Mutuality.” Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning 12, no. 2 (Spring 2013).  Selected for inclusion in The Best of the Independent Journals in Rhetoric and Composition 2013.  Eds. Steve Parks et al.  Parlor Press.  
"Homeless in the Home: Invention, Instability, and Insanity in the Domestic Spaces of L.M. Alcott and M.E. Braddon.” New Perspectives on Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Ed. Jessica Cox. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012. 75-91. 
“Contradictory Subtexts in Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! and Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd.” Great Plains Quarterly 29, no. 4 (Fall 2008): 277-29

Grants and Awards

St. Joseph’s University Summer Research Grant (Summer 2014).

St. Joseph’s University Morris Grant (Summer 2016).