Amy Dayton

Dr. Amy E. 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, women’s rhetoric, community literacy, language attitudes, qualitative research, and assessment/teacher training.

Selected Publications

Edited Collections

  • Ethics and Representation in Feminist Rhetorical Research [with Jennie Vaughn]. U of Pittsburgh, 2021.
  • Assessing the Teaching of Writing: Twenty-First Century Trends and Technologies.  Logan, Utah:  U Colorado/Utah State UP, 2015.

Articles and Book Chapters

  •  “A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place”: Reading Space, Place, and Gender from Anzia Yezierska to Marie Kondo.” Forthcoming in MELUS, 2022.
  • “I Know It’s Going to Affect My Teaching: What Pre-Service Teachers Learn Through Tutoring Writing”  [with Dorothy Worden].  Writing Program Administration 45.1 (2021). 110-129
  • “Jane Addams’ Rhetorical Ear,”  In Overlooked Pragmatists.  Ed by Robert Danisch.  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.”  Enculturation 7.2 (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