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Margaret A. Thomas Evans

Chair, English
Whitewater Hall 275
(765) 973-8614


  • PhD – Technical Communication and Composition, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • MA – English, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
  • BA – English, Lancaster University, Lancaster, England

Current Research Interests

Leadership, managing online distance education programs, online teaching practices, and women, rhetoric and technology

Current Teaching Interests

Graduate Composition Studies, Technical Writing, Digital Writing and Technical Editing

Recent Publications

  • Thomas-Evans, M., Petersheim, S., & Helton, E. “Facilitating Online Learning through Discussions in the English Classroom: Tools for Success and Stumbling Blocks to Avoid.” In Ross C. Alexander (ed.) Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning across Academic Disciplines. Fairfax, VA: George Mason University Press. (forthcoming)
  • Chaney, Katie, Katherine Frank and Margaret Thomas-Evans. "Showing Value through the Liberal Arts." The Department Chair. (Winter 2015)
  • Evans, Margaret Thomas and Markus Pomper. "Implementing Online Degrees: A Tale of Two Programs." The Department Chair. 25.1 (Summer 2014): 24-25

Recent Presentations

  • "Seizing the Opportunity: Creating a Chair Development Network" with Natalia Rybas and Carrie Longley, Academic Chairpersons Conference, Charleston, SC February 2016
  • "Women Students Making Connections Through Community Writing Internships" Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, Tempe, AZ October 2015
  • "Case Studies in Online Program Management", with Markus Pomper, Distance Learning Administration Conference, Jekyll Island, GA June 2015
  • "The Rhetoric of Women Feeding the World," Rural Women’s Studies Association, San Marcos, TX February 2015
  • "Faculty Development and Documenting Teaching Effectiveness in Online Classes" with Markus Pomper, Academic Chairpersons Conference, Austin TX (February 2015)
  • "Career Preparedness and the Liberal Arts: On-campus Partnerships and Initiatives" with Katherine Frank and Katie Chaney, Academic Chairpersons Conference, Jacksonville, FL February 2014
  • "It is all About Relationships: Tools for New Chairs" with Cathy Foos, Academic Chairpersons Conference, Jacksonville, FL February 2014
  • "Managing Online Program: Program Development and Administration" with Markus Pomper, Academic Chairpersons Conference, Jacksonville, FL February 2014
  • "Applying Feminist Pedagogy to Teaching Technical Writing and Rhetoric in an Online Learning Environment" Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, Palo Alto, CA September 2013

Office Held in International Professional Organization

  • Secretary, Rural Women’s Studies Association, 2011 - Present

Selected Previous Employment Positions

  • Visiting Instructor of English, Miami University, Hamilton, OH
    August 1998 – June 2002
  • Instructor of English, Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, OH
    August 1996 – May 1998
  • Part-time Faculty, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH
    January 1991 – December 1996


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