Cristie Charles


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Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

My highest priority is creating a welcoming class environment where students learn from their differing perspectives. I emphasize the process of writing over the product and see myself as a coach more than a judge. I get to know my students well and employ diverse teaching strategies, which I tailor to my individual classes: lecture in the traditional sense, but also small- and large-group discussion, collaborative work, peer review, and the use of film, music, art, games, and role-playing.


My research centers around two foci: 1) composition and the teaching of writing and 2) 20th Century literature and Women’s Studies.

Selected Publications


  • Advanced Writing, edited by Cristie Cowles Charles,, 2020.
  • Writing in the Social Sciences, edited by Cristie Cowles Charles,, 2020.


  • “Why We Need More Assessment of Online Composition Courses: A Brief History.” Kairos 7.3 (Fall 2002)
  • “A Practical Guide to Learning Disability in the First-Year Composition Classroom.” Guide to Teaching English 115, Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Composition Office, 2000. Print.
  • “Progeny.” The Restored Gospel and Applied Christianity: Student Essays in Honor of David O. McKay 1997. Provo, UT: Brigham Young University, 1997. 63-74. Print.
  • “‘Illuminations into High-School’: A Socio-Cultural Study of Muriel Rukeyser’s ‘Poem out of Childhood’ and High School in the 1930s.” Insight 14 (Fall 1998): 4-11. Print.


I see myself as an advocate for adjunct faculty. I recently obtained funding for fellow adjunct faculty authors as we created the department’s first two open-source online textbooks (Advanced Writing and Writing in the Social Sciences).

Citizenship assignments

Project Manager and Editor, Open-Source, Online Textbooks for Advanced Writing Courses