Faculty &

Department of English

Noah Roderick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

"One of the things I enjoy most in my teaching is helping students to see that their ordinary ways of speaking, thinking, and communicating carry with them a complex web of by-no-means ordinary historical events and actors. I believe that learning how not to take the familiar for granted is just as important as learning new things entirely. The true value of education, in the words of David Foster Wallace, is that it nurtures your ability 'to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn't.'"


  • Ph.D., Illinois State University
  • M.A., B.A., Western Illinois University

Recent Publications

  • “After Universal Grammar: The Ecological Turn in Linguistics.”  Logos & Episteme: An International Journal of Epistemology. 3.3 (Fall 2012): 469-487.
  • “Beyond the Common Denominator: Exposing Semiotic (Dis)Unity in Mathematics Textbooks.” ed. Heather Hickman and Brad J. Porfilio.  The New Politics of the Textbook: Problematizing the Portrayal of Marginalized Groups in Textbooks. Rotterdam: Sense Publications, co-editor with Travis Olson, 2013.
  • Analogize This: The Politics of Scale and Problem of Substance in Complexity-Based Composition.”  Composition Forum. (Spring 2012)

Recent Presentations

  • “The Decline of the Nation-State and the Problem of Real Audiences: Recovering a Collective Knowledge Project in Community-Based Writing.” Modern Language Association. Seattle, WA. January, 2012.
  • “Is Complexity Theory Really Just Postmodern Positivism?” Featured presentation in the Columbus State University Faculty Lecture Series. Columbus, GA. September 24, 2010.
  • “Expressing Arabic and Representing French in Assia Djebar’s Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade.” Paper presented at the Midwest Modern Language Association. St. Louis, MO. November 13, 2009.
  • “Social Epistemology and the Aestheticization of Cultural Theory in the College English Classroom.” Paper presented at the Community College and University English Articulation Conference. Urbana, Illinois. April 16, 2008.

Recent Awards and Recognition

  • Outstanding Teacher of Writing Award, Columbus State University, 2010-2011
  • Workshop series on Cognitive Sciences and Pre-Writing, University of Georgia
  • System Quality Enhancement Program
  • Summer Research Grant, Illinois State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Rhetoric
  • Linguistics
  • Epistemology
  • Structures of the English Language
  • Non-Western Literature, and Composition

Professional Affiliations

  • Modern Language Association
  • National Council of Teacher of English

Service to University

  • Literati, Faculty Advisor
  • The Vitruvian, Faculty Advisor
  • Faculty Recognition and Professional Development Committee
  • Diversity Circle panelist
  • History Faculty Search Committee, 2013
  • English Faculty Search Committee, 2012
  • Tau, Submissions Reader
  • Banned Books Festival Reader

Service to Community

  • Power of the Pen, Judge


Noah Roderick
Noah Roderick
Office: SAH 163
Phone: 419-517-8903