Jacob Babb

Academic Specialty:

  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Writing Program Administration
  • Science Fiction and Horror


  • Ph.D., English, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2013
  • M.A., English, Western Carolina University, 2005
  • B.A., History, Western Carolina University, 2003

Selected Publications:

Edited Collections:

 Adams Wooten, Courtney, Jacob Babb, Kristi Murray Costello, and Kate Navickas, editors. The Things We Carry: Strategies for Recognizing and Negotiating Emotional Labor in Writing Program Administration. Utah State University Press, 2020.

 Adams Wooten, Courtney, Jacob Babb, and Brian Ray, editors. WPAs in Transition: Navigating Educational Leadership Positions. Utah State University Press, 2018.

Journal Articles:

 Snyder, Sarah, Holly Hassel, Mark Blaauw-Hara, Jacob Babb, and Harley Ferris. “Come Together, Right Now: How the Compositional Affordances of Music Shed Light on Community, Identity, and Pedagogy: A Symposium.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, vol. 26, no. 1, Fall 2021.

Ray, Brian, Jacob Babb, and Courtney Adams Wooten. “Rethinking SETs: Retuning Student Evaluations of Teaching for Student Agency.” Composition Studies, vol. 46, no. 1, Spring 2018, pp. 34-56.

Adams Wooten, Courtney, Brian Ray, and Jacob Babb. “WPAs Reading SETs: Confronting Authority and Contingency.” WPA: Writing Program Administration, vol. 40, no .1, Fall 2016, pp. 50-66.

Babb, Jacob and Steven J. Corbett. “From Zero to Sixty: Student Writing, Teacher Response, and the Affect of Failed Performance.” Composition Forum, vol. 34 Aug. 2016.

Babb, Jacob. “Writing in the Moment: Social Media, Digital Identity, and Networked Publics.” Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion, vol. 14, Spring 2016.

Book Chapters:

Babb, Jacob. “The Banality of the Apocalypse: Colson Whitehead’s Necropolis and Mirthless Parody.” Fantastic Cities: American Urban Spaces in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Edited by Stefan Brandt, Michael Fuchs, and Steven Rabitch. University Press of Mississippi, 2022, pp. 85-100.

Costello, Kristi Murray and Jacob Babb. “Emotional Labor, Writing Studies, and Writing Program Administration.” The Things We Carry: Strategies for Recognizing and Negotiating Emotional Labor in Writing Program Administration. Edited by Courtney Adams Wooten, Jacob Babb, Kristi Murray Costello, and Kate Navickas. Utah State University Press, 2020, pp. 3-16.

Adams Wooten, Courtney, and Jacob Babb. “Travels, Transitions, and Leadership.” WPAs in Transition. Edited by Courtney Adams Wooten, Jacob Babb, and Brian Ray. Utah State University Press, 2018, pp. 3-22.

Babb, Jacob. “America is Facing a Literacy Crisis.” Bad Ideas about Writing. Edited by Drew Loewe and Cheryl Ball. Digital Publishing Institute, 2017, pp. 13-17.

Babb, Jacob. “Reshaping Institutional Mission: OWI and Writing Program Administration.” Handbook of Writing and Composing in the Age of MOOCS. Edited by Elizabeth Monske and Kris Blair. IGI Global, 2017, pp. 202-215.

Babb, Jacob and Courtney Adams Wooten. “Traveling on the Feedback Loop: Collaborative Assessment and Curricular Revision.” Contingency, Exploitation, and Solidarity: Labor and Action in English Studies. Edited by Seth Kahn, William Lalicker, and Amy Lynch-Biniek. WAC Clearinghouse, 2017, pp. 169-182.



Title: Associate Professor
Department: Department of English

Email address: Email me

Office address
Sanford Hall 442