Amy Dayton

Amy Dayton

Associate Professor
Director, University Writing Center


  • PhD, Rhetoric-Composition, University of Arizona, 2005

Research Areas

  • Composition and Rhetoric


Amy E. Dayton completed her PhD in rhetoric-composition and MA in applied linguistics at University of Arizona (2005, 2000). Her research interests include historiography and archival research, Progressive-Era histories of composition, community literacy, language attitudes, ethnic/immigrant rhetoric and literacy, qualitative research, and assessment/teacher training.


Edited Collection

  • Assessing the Teaching of Writing: Twenty-First Century Trends and Technologies.  Logan, Utah:  U Colorado/Utah State UP, 2015.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Jane Addams’ Rhetorical Listening.”  In Overlooked Pragmatists.  Ed by Robert Danisch.  Forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan 2019.
  • “Digital Literacy in Rural Women’s Lives.”  Community Literacy Journal 9.2 (Spring 2015).
  • “Making Sense (and Making Use) of Student Evaluations.”  Assessing the Teaching of Writing: New Trends, New Technologies.  Ed Amy Dayton.  Logan, Utah: Utah State UP, 2015.
  • “Bridging Gaps and Preserving Memories through Oral History Research and Writing.”  [with Laren Hammonds, Lisa Matherson, and Leah Tollison].  English Journal 101.4 (2012): 75-80.
  • “‘What the College Has Done For Me’: Anzia Yezierska and the Problem of Progressive Education.” College English 74.3 (2012): 215-233.
  • “‘When I Close My Eyes, I Like to Hear English’: English Only and the Discourse of Crisis.”  Enculturation7.2 (2010): np. Online.
  • “The Limits of Language: Literacy, Morality, and Transformation in Mary Antin’s The Promised Land.”  MELUS: Journal of the Society for Ethnic Literature of the United States 34.4 (2009): 81-98.
  • “Teaching English for A Better America.” Rhetoric Review 27.4 (2008): 397-414

Reviews & Interviews

  • “Expanding Borders and Forging New Paths:  Perspectives on Writing Research.” [with Jennie Vaughn.]   College English 76.1 (2013): 84-89.
  • “Where do We Go From Here?” Review of Kelly Ritter’s Who Owns School?  Authority, Students, and Online DiscourseRhetoric Review 31.1 (2012): 85-87.
  • “A Conversation with Victoria Purcell-Gates.” [Interview].  Community Literacy Journal 4.2 (2010): 19-32. Online.
  • Review of Eli Hinkel, Teaching Academic ESL Writing: Practical Techniques in Vocabulary and Grammar. In Composition Studies [On-line Edition] 33.2 (2005).
  • Review of Tony Silva and Paul Kei Matsuda, Landmark Essays in ESL Writing. In The Reading Matrix 2.1 (2002).