Ronda Dively | English | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Ronda Dively


Ronda Dively

Phone: 618.453.6849
Office: Faner, Room 2284

Professor Ronda Leathers Dively received her B.A. in English (with teacher certification) and her M.A. in English (literature) from Eastern Illinois University. After gaining a few years of teaching experience in the secondary English classroom, she completed her Doctor of Arts degree in English (Rhetoric and Composition) at Illinois State University in 1994 and accepted an assistant professorship in the SIUC English Department that same year. Currently a full professor, Dr. Dively serves as the Director of Writing Studies for the Department of English and teaches in the Rhetoric and Composition program. Her areas of teaching specialization include composition theory and pedagogy, empirical research methods in composition, and intermediate and advanced composition. She has also enjoyed teaching special topics courses that explore intersections between creativity theory and composition theory—upper level seminars growing from her primary research interest in the role of invention and incubation in a diversity of writing situations. More specifically, Professor Dively's scholarship investigates how intersections of creativity and composition theory may illuminate how individuals negotiate transitions (i.e., transfer knowledge) between various academic composing contexts—from high school to college classrooms, from general education to discipline-specific writing courses, from status as undergraduate student to graduate student, from status as graduate student to professional. Such interests have generated a book length empirical study entitled Preludes to Insight: Creativity, Incubation and Expository Writing (Hampton Press 2006), a textbook entitled Invention and Craft: A Guide to College Writing (McGraw-Hill, Inc. 2016), as well as various articles and conference presentations. In 2016, she began making headway on her latest book project, which traces the paradigmatic creative process model through a substantial corpus of Paris Review interviews, the goal being to identify common composing strategies and shared contextual themes associated with literary production. Professor Dively has also published on responding to religious rhetoric in secular academic contexts.


Rhetoric and Composition