Bethany Ober Mannon

Bethany Mannon is an Assistant Professor of English specializing in Rhetoric and Writing Studies. Her research focuses on feminist rhetoric, religious rhetoric, and social movements in the United States. Her current projects also look at teaching first-year writing and writing program administration. In 2021, Bethany was awarded the CCCCs Emergent Researcher Award [BM1] for her study “Assessing Online Writing Instruction to Move from Crisis to Sustainability [BM2] .

Bethany joined App State in 2018 as a Visiting Assistant Professor and became Assistant Professor and Director of Composition in 2020. As Director of Composition, she supports faculty teaching RC 1000 and 2001 (and students in those classes), mentors graduate students teaching RC, and directs the graduate certificate in Rhetoric & Composition.

Ph.D., English and Women’s Studies, Penn State University (2015)
B.A., English, University of Connecticut (2008)

Academic Specialty
Contemporary and Cultural Rhetorics
Gender, Religion, and Social Movements
Teaching and Tutoring Writing

Selected Articles

  • “Centering the Emotional Labor of Peer Writing Tutors.” Forthcoming in WCJ: Writing Center Journal, 2022.
  • “The Persuasive Power of Individual Stories: The Rhetoric in Narrative Archives.” In Feminist Connections: Transversals in Rhetoric, Media, and Activism, edited by Katherine Fredlund, Kerri Hauman, and Jessica Ouellette (Alabama UP), 2020.
  • “Talking Climate Faith: Katharine Hayhoe and Christian Rhetoric(s) of Climate Change [BM1] ” (co-authored with Megan Von Bergen), Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture, 2020
  • “Xvangelical: The Rhetorical Work of Personal Narratives in Contemporary Religious Discourse.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 2019
  • “Digital Selves: Personal Narrative Pedagogy in the Online Writing Course.” Currents in Teaching and Learning, 2019.
  • “The Life of the Female Mind: Hester Mulso Chapone and the Gendered Rhetoric of Experience [BM2] .” Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition vol. 21, no.1, 2018.
  • “Spectators, Sponsors, or World Travelers? Engaging with the Lives of Others through Digital Storytelling Projects.” College English vol. 80, no. 4, 2018.
  • “Self-Representation, Identity, and Bipolar Disorder in Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind and Ellen Forney’s Marbles.” Journal of Medical Humanities, vol. 40, no. 2, 2018.
  • “Kay Boyle, Janet Flanner, and the Public Voice in Women’s Memoirs.” Contemporary Women’s Writing, vol. 11, no. 2, 2017.
  • “What do Graduate Students Want from the Writing Center? Tutoring Practices to Support Thesis and Dissertation Writers [BM3] .” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, vol. 13, no. 2, 2016. 
Title: Assistant Professor, Director of Composition
Department: Department of English

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8545

Office address
Sanford Hall 434