1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Patricia Suzanne Sullivan

Assistant Professor, General Faculty

408 Bryan Hall

Office Hours:

M 3:20-5:20
W 12:00-1:00
And by appointment, email: pss8m@virginia.edu

Class Schedule:

MWF 10:00-10:50
MWF 11:00-11:50
MW 2:00-3:15


Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, 2002

M.F.A University of Pittsburgh,1996

B.A. Southern Connecticut State University, 1993


Composition pedagogies and theories, writing and digital technologies, avant-garde aesthetics, classical rhetoric


Writing Center, Writing Program



  • “Developmental Networks for Novice College Writing Instructors.” (with C. Paine and J. Seitz) In Dominguez, N. & Gandert, Y. (Eds.). 7th Annual Mentoring Conference Proceedings: Developmental Networks: Mentoring & Coaching at Work. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico. 2014.  
  • “Commonsense and Theory in the Teaching of Composition Teachers.” College Composition and Communication. (December 2008).
  • “’Ways of Reading Students’ Ways of Writing: Imitations of Susan Griffin’s Collage, ‘Our Secret.’” Teachers Resources for Teaching Ways of Reading, Sixth Edition. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2002. 332-341.
  • “The Pleasure of Rhetoric: Plato’s Gorgias and Aristotle’s Rhetoric.” Greek Philosophy of Communication. Vol.1. Eds. Konstantine Boudouris and John Poulakos. Athens, Greece: The International Center for Greek Philosophy and Culture, 2002. 169-176.

Creative Writing

  • “Light Repeating or Illumination” (poem). Zone3 12.1 (Fall/Winter 1997): 51.  
  • “Waiting for Results” (poem). West Branch 39/40 (1997): 98.
  • “Notes for Future Tenants” (fiction). The Sun: A Magazine of Ideas 249 (September 1996): 33-37.
  • “New Haven Tsunami” (fiction). Slur 2.1 (1995): 37-40.

Select presentations

  • “Cybernetic Developmental Networks with Writing Teachers.” Developmental Networks for Novice College Writing Teachers. Charles Paine, Patricia Sullivan, and James Seitz. University of New Mexico Mentoring Conference. Albuquerque, NM. 2014.
  • “Programs, Systems, and Circles: Shared Writing Program Administration.” Countering Contingency Conference. Adjunct Faculty Association, United Steelworkers. Pittsburgh, PA. 2013.
  • "Posthuman, Postprint, Postpublic, Postportfolio? Electronic Portfolios and Multimodal Composition in Theory and Practice.” 2012 College Conference on Composition and Communication, St. Louis, MO.
  • “Multimodal Composition in the Writing Program.” Teaching 2.0: Faculty Perspectives and Practices. The Educational Technology Center. Northeastern University. Boston, MA. 2011.
  • “In Reality Begins Writing, in Writing Begins Accountability, in Accountability Realities Return: Lessons Learned by a Tenure-Track WPA In Implementing a New Mentoring Program.” 2008 Conference on College Composition and Communication: New Orleans, LA.  
  • “Joining the Nameless Voice: Foucault and the Rhetorical Function of Common Place Discourses in Student Writing.” 2007 Conference on College Composition and Communication: New York, NY.
  • “Can Sensus Communis be Regenerated? Vico’s Challenge to Aristotle’s Rhetoric.” 2006 National Communication Association Convention: Chicago, IL.
  • “Models, Theories, and Pedagogies for Revising Commonsense to Create New Center Spaces and Coalitions: Martin Luther King, Jr., Michel Foucault, and Commonplace Notebooks.” 2006 Conference on College Composition and Communication: Chicago, IL.     
  • “Renewing English Studies by Revising Sensus Communis through Rhetorical Education: The New Humanities of Kurt Spellmeyer and the Study Methods of Giambattista Vico.” English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities Conference. California University of Pennsylvania: California, PA. 2004.
  • “Speaking of Writing . . .” Teaching Excellence Fair. University of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, PA. 2003.
  • “Re-arranging Public Texts: Student Collages.” 2002 Conference on College Composition and Communication: Chicago, IL.  
  • “The Pleasure of Rhetoric: Plato’s Gorgias and Aristotle’s Rhetoric.” International Society for Greek Philosophy. Conference on Greek Philosophy and Communication: Rhodes, Greece. 2001.   
  • “Form and Re-Form in Composition: The Lure of Teaching Experimental Writing.” 2001 Conference on College Composition and Communication: Denver, CO.  
  • “Re-Imagining Teacher Mentoring and Student Writing.” 2000 Conference on College Composition and Communication: Minneapolis, MN.  
  • “Aesthetic Appearance in the Ideal States of Plato and Schiller.” International Society for Greek Philosophy. Conference on Greek Philosophy and the Fine Arts: Mythimna, Greece. 1999.
  • “Experience is Not the Only Knowledge: Student Commonplace Books and Writing Assignments.” 1999 Conference on College Composition and Communication: Atlanta, GA.  
  • “Literacies and Pedagogies for ‘Producing’ Writing: (What to do With Jenny Holzer).” Pedagogy and Literacy Conference: Pittsburgh, PA. 1998.


  • Learning Technology Incubator Grant, College of Arts and Sciences. University of Virginia. 2015.
  • College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Circle grant. Writing Program Teaching Network, a network of experienced and new teachers that I proposed, coordinated and supervised. Northeastern University. 2006.
  • Innovation in Education Award, Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence, University of Pittsburgh. “Integrating Oral and Writing Skills" project (with Dr. John Poulakos, Department of Communication). 2002.
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Department of English. University of Pittsburgh. 2002.

Sample of graduate and undergraduate courses taught

  • Faculty Seminar: The Teaching of Writing, co-taught with Jim Seitz
  • Graduate courses: Writing Pedagogy; Seminar in Writing and the Teaching of Writing; Topics in Writing: Aesthetics, Politics and Pedagogies; Key Concepts in Rhetoric and Composition; Intro. to Rhetoric [Center for the Liberal Arts at UVA]
  • Undergraduate courses: Special Topics: Writing Digital Stories and Electronic Essays; Tutoring Peer Writers: Introduction to Academic Writing: Writing and Technology; The Writing Process; Junior/Senior Seminar: Rhetoric and Aesthetics: Studies in Fiction: Science Fiction; Introduction to Diverse Literatures of the U.S.; Literary and the Contemporary; The Uses of Literacy