Diana Calhoun Bell

Associate Professor
Morton Hall 243
(256) 824-2122


D.A. (Doctor of Arts)-Illinois State University (1995)
MA--Northwestern State University
BA--Marshall University

Areas of Specialization/Interests:

Composition Pedagogy, Feminism, Critical Theory, Writing and Learning Center Pedagogy

Current Projects:

-Currently proposing a book that theorizes the importance of play in learning and writing center environments.
-Currently proposing an edited book on Learning Center Assessment


Books in Print:

Toward Deprivatized Pedagogy (Hampton Press) with Becky Nugent. Research and Teaching in Rhetoric and Composition Series; Cresskill NJ: Hampton Press, 2006.

Peer Reviewed Articles:

-"Basic Writers, Retention, and Writing Centers: A Methodology" with Alanna Frost in The Learning Assistance Review. Forthcoming Spring 2012.
-"Linguistic Politeness in Peer Tutoring" with Holly Arnold and Rebekah Haddock in The Learning Assistance Review 14.1 (Spring 2009): 37-54
-"Dominance and Writing Center Peer Tutoring Sessions with English Language Learners" with Sarah Redington Elledge in The Learning Assistance Review 13.1 (Spring 2008): 17-30.
-"Politeness and Praise: Rhetorical Issues in ESL Writing Center Conferences" with Madeleine Youmans in The Writing Center Journal 26.2 (Fall 2006): 31-47.
-"Deprivatizing the Center" in The Writing Lab Newsletter 30.3 (Nov. 2005): 11-14.
-"Ethos on Electronic Mailing Lists: Hyperthreading a Virtual Community for the Price of a Few E-Tokens" with Mike Hubler in Readerly/Writerly Texts 10.1 (Fall 2003): 5-22.
-"Computer-Mediated Humor and Ethos: Exploring Threads of Constitutive Laughter in Online Communities" with Mike Hubler in Computers and Composition 20.3 (Fall 2003).
-"Sites of Resistance" with Becky Nugent in Radical Pedagogy 3.3 (Spring 2002): 2-24.
-"The Virtual Writing Center: Developing Ethos through Mailing List Discourse" with Mike Hubler in The Writing Center Journal 21.2 (Spring/Summer 2001): 56-77.

Invited Book Chapter:

-"Wolfman J. and the Writing Center Gang: Humor in Listserve Community Development." Humor Communication: Theory, Impact, and Outcomes. Edited by Rachel DiCioccio. Kendell Hunt Publish Company. Forthcoming Fall 2012.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters:

-"Positive and Supportive Communication" in College Reading and Learning Association Tutor Training Handbook. Edited by Russ Hodges and Karen Agee. Forthcoming in 2010.
-"Politeness Theory and Tutor Training" in College Reading and Learning Association Tutor Training Handbook. Edited by Russ Hodges and Karen Agee. Forthcoming in 2010.

Other Publications:

-"Online Tutorng Program Overview" with Kellee Crawford in the NCLCA Newsletter (Fall 2009).
"NCLCA 2007 Insitute a Smashing Success" in the NCLCA Newsletter (Summer 2007).

-Acquire: Acquiring Competency Qualifying Underprepared in Realizing Employment with Ben Barron et al.; Louisiana Educational Associates, Inc., 1990