Dr. Janet Bean

Dr. Janet Bean

Title: Associate Professor
Program: First-Year Composition
Dept/Program: English
Office: Olin 301a
Phone: 330-972-6354
Email: jbean@uakron.edu
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Janet Bean teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in writing and composition studies. She is co-director of the UA Summer Writing Institute, a professional development program for high school English teachers. Her research interests include writing and identity, teacher education, and writing across the curriculum.


  • “Free Speech and Freewriting:  A Pragmatic Perspective.”  Journal of Teaching Writing, (Fall/Winter 2009-2010).  With Peter Elbow.
  • “Composing Academic Identities: African-American Students as Language Researchers.” International Journal of Learning 12.8 (2006): 241-248. 
  • “Manufacturing Emotions: Tactical Resistance in the Narratives of Working Class Students.” Ways to Move: Rhetorics of Emotion and Composition Studies.  Ed. Laura Miccicche and Dale Jacobs.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2003. 
  • “Should We Invite Students to Write in Home Languages? Complicating the Yes/No Debate.”  Composition Studies 31 (Spring 2003):  25-42.  With Marianne Cucchiara, Robert Eddy, Peter Elbow, Rhonda Grego, Rich Haswell, Patricia Irvine, Eileen Kennedy, Ellie Kutz, Al Lehner, and Paul Kei Matsuda.
  • “The Color Line: African-American Vernacular English and Computerized Grammar Checkers.”Included in English Studies.  Ed. Shelli Fowler and Victor Villanueva.  Washington, DC: American Association of Higher Education, 2002.
  • “Feminine Discourse in the University:  The Writing Center Conference as a Site of Linguistic Resistance.” Feminism and Empirical Writing Research:Emerging Perspectives.  Ed. Joanne Addison and Sharon McGee.   Portsmouth, NH:  Heinemann, 1999.  127-144.
  • “An Approach to Critical Writing:  Begin with Contradictions.”  Literature and Life:  Making Connections in the Classroom.  Ed. Patricia Phelan. Urbana, IL:  NCTE,  1990.


Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Greensboro