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Patsy Callaghan

Department of English



Professor of English

Curriculum Vitae | Awards & Publications

Patsy Callaghan received her BA and MA in English Education from the University of Washington. After teaching junior high English in the Seattle area, she moved to Eugene, Oregon, where she directed the Writing Tutor program and entered the doctoral program in English. While at the University of Oregon, she served five years as the Assistant Director of the Council for Minority Education, worked as a field researcher for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and completed a doctorate with emphasis in rhetoric, world literature, and folklore and mythology. In 1984, after teaching at Peninsula College for two years, she joined the faculty of CWU. While at Central, Patsy served as English department chair for eight years. In 2000, she was named Distinguished Professor for Service and Phi Kappa Phi Scholar of the Year, and in 2003, she received the College of Arts and Humanities Chair Service Award. Among her publications are two books, Literary Conversation: Thinking, Talking, and Writing About Literature, and A Meeting of Minds: Strategies for Academic Writing and Inquiry.


Curriculum Vitae



  • Doctor of Arts in English: University of Oregon, 3/81. Areas of emphasis: Rhetoric and Composition, World Literatures, Folklore and Mythology.
  • Master of Arts in English: University of Oregon, 9/78.
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English: University of Washington, 8/76. Areas of emphasis: English Education, American Literature.
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Education: University of Washington, 6/73. Teaching Certificate issued 8/73.


  • English Department Chair, 6/95-6/99; 6/2001-6/2005.
  • Professor: Department of English, Central Washington University, 9/94-2017. Associate Professor, 9/91-9/94; Assistant Professor, 9/85-9/91.
  • Director of Developmental Studies/Instructor of English: Peninsula College, 9/81-6/84.
  • Academic Program Director: University of Oregon Council for Minority Education, 6/78-8/81.
  • Director: Writing Center, University of Oregon, 8/76-6/78.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant: University of Washington, 9/75-6/76.
  • Classroom Teacher: Junior High Language Arts, Seattle School District, 9/73-6/75.

Courses Taught

  • ENG 101: English Composition
  • ENG 102: English Composition
  • ENG 105: Introduction to the Literary Imagination
  • ENG 301: Rhetoric
  • ENG 303: Principles of English Studies
  • ENG 308: American Literature I
  • ENG 309: American Literature II
  • ENG 310: Technical Writing
  • ENG 314: Creative Non-Fiction
  • ENG 320: English Grammar
  • ENG 328: World Literature I
  • ENG 329: World Literature II
  • ENG 413: Studies in Language
  • ENG 414: Studies in World Literature
  • ENG 424: Reading Print and Non-print Texts in High School
  • ENG 430: Teaching Writing
  • ENG 449: World Novel II
  • ENG 513: Teaching College Composition
  • ENG 516: Advanced Studies in Language
  • ENG 517: Advanced Studies in World Literature

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Awards & Publications

Phi Kappa Phi Scholar of the Year, Central Washington University Chapter, 2000

Distinguished Professor for Service, Central Washington University, 2000

Faculty Speaker, CWU Presidential Inauguration, 2000

College of Arts and Humanities Chair Service Award, 2003

Service Activities

College Readiness Task Force: Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board of Washington State, 2005-06.

Integrated Advisory Systems Workgroup, Higher Education Coordinating Board, 2004-05.

Member, Board of Directors, Educational Service District #105, 1999-present.

Facilitator, Washington State Academic Achievement and Accountability Forum, Yakima, WA August, 2000.

Competency-Based Admissions Standards Project. Directed by the Higher Education Coordinating Board of Washington State, 1998-2000.

Washington State Senior Writing Study: Effective Discipline-Oriented Writing. Directed by the Interinstitutional Committee of Academic Officers (ICAO) Accountability/Assessment Team, 1997-99.


A Meeting of Minds: Rhetoric for Readers and Writers. (With Ann Dobyns). Boston: Allyn & Bacon/Longman Press. 2004.

Second Edition: A Meeting of Minds: Strategies for Academic Inquiry and Writing, 2007.

Literary Conversation: Thinking, Talking and Writing About Literature. (with Ann Dobyns). Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1996.

"Wayne Booth and the Ethics of Argument." In Keeping Company: Rhetoric, Pluralism and Wayne Booth. Ed. Fred Antczak. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1994.

"Interpretation and the Development of Critical Understanding." Perspectives: The Journal of the International Association of General and Liberal Studies, 21 (1) 24-32.

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