director of expository writing
M.A., Loyola College
B.A., Rutgers College
Chris Justice's C.V.
Since August 2007, I've served as UB's first full-time writing program administrator, leading our general-education writing courses into the 21st century. How students learned to write; how students learn to write, especially in online and hybrid environments; and how students write their ways into the University and their disciplines ... these are topics that fascinate me.
My academic career has been a long, winding, rewarding one. As a first-generation college student, I hold degrees or certificates in liberal arts, English, secondary English education, modern studies and online journalism from five colleges and universities. Additionally, I'm currently working on my Ph.D. in the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Language, Literacy and Culture program.
My interdisciplinary research draws upon the intersections of discourse analysis, composition studies and literacy studies and focuses specifically on the fields of environmental discourse, ecocomposition and ecoliteracy. I examine how people compose, textualize, talk about and write about the ecological "place" known as a fishery and how diverse, multimodal discourses—including literary, journalistic, cinematic and scientific texts—influence how we conceptualize, regulate and interact with fisheries, especially those in the Chesapeake Bay. Conversely, I'm especially interested in how this fascinating natural resource known locally as "The Bay" influences our discourse.
Professionally, in the past 20 years I've held many positions related to writing: news reporter, middle school language arts teacher, technical editor, technical writer, community college English professor, writing tutor, Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence coordinator, freelance writer and university writing program administrator. I've taught or teach courses in first-year composition, developmental writing, advanced expository writing, honors writing, business writing, film studies, literature, linguistics and journalism.
What I try to offer students is the appreciation that ideas, words and images will transform reality if they're wisely analyzed, coherently organized, uniquely expressed and professionally presented. I approach my classes with these two critical questions: What can I do as a professor to help my students become better learners? And what can I do as a writing professor to help them become better writers?
I write widely and publish frequently. Depending on when you catch me, I may be writing an academic paper, some poems, a film or book review, a magazine article, a short story, a grant proposal, an interview transcription, an essay, a reflective paper, an annotated bibliography, a journal entry or something that keeps my fingers flying.
I live in Owings Mills with my wife and two children and enjoy film noir, horror films, detective fiction, hiking, bird watching, fly-fishing, bass playing and rooting for the New Jersey Devils and San Francisco 49ers.
Thanks for your time.