Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Howard Tinberg
Division of Humanities and Education
Professor of English

     Office: B210
     Extension: x2317

Personal Website

Ph.D, Brandeis University
B.A., M.A., UCLA;

Over the years, I've published a lot of essays for teachers encouraging them to use what happens in their classrooms as material for research. I believe deeply in what is called the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, a movement that tries to promote really thoughtful approaches to classroom instruction.

Courses Taught:
ENG 101 Composition I: College Writing
ENG 102 Composition II: Writing about Literature
ENG 253 English Literature I
ENG 254 English Literature II
ENG 262 Tutoring in a Writing Center: A Practicum and Honors Course
ENG 264 Remembering the Holocaust in Literature and History: An Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar

National Council of Teachers of Writing
Conference on College Composition and Communication
Modern Languages Association



  • Teaching, Learning, and the Holocaust: An Integrative Approach. with Ron Weisberger. Bloomington, Indiana: UP, 2014.
  • What is “College-Level” Writing II?. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2010.
  • The Community College Writer: Exceeding Expectations. with Jean-Paul Nadeau. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois UP, 2010.
  • What is 'College-Level' Writing. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2006.
  • Writing with Concequence: What Writing Does in the Disciplines. New York: Pearson, 2003.
  • Writing and Knowing in the Two-Year College. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 1997.
  • Chapters

  • “Examining our Assumptions as Gatekeepers: A Two-Year College Perspective.” Administrative Problem-Solving for Writing Programs and Writing Centers 1999
  • “Deep-Play': Reading Culture in the Writing Classroom.” Teaching Critical Writing: Reports from Across the Curriculum 1993
  • Journal Articles

  • “What Happens When High School Students Write in a College Course? A Study of Dual Credit.” with JP Nadeau. English Journal May 2013 : 35-42.
  • “Kegan’s Theory of Development Applied to Community College Students.” with Sally Gabb, Ronald Weisberger. The Oxford Handbook of Lifelong Learning 2011
  • “From 'Self-Righteous Researcher' to 'Fellow Teacher'.” College Composition and Communication 2006 : 262-266.
  • “In the Land of the Cited.” Pedagogy 2006 : 397-403.
  • “The Teacher/Scholar: Definition/Rationale/Challenges.” with Frank Madden. Report of the Committee on the Teacher Scholar 2005
  • “Taking (and Teaching) the Shoah Personally.” College English Sept. 2005 : 72-89.
  • “Teaching in the Spaces Between: What Basic Writers Can Teach Us.” Journal of Basic Writing 1999 : 76-90.
  • “In Over Our Heads: Applying Robert KeganÌs Theory of Development to the Community College Classroom.” with Ronald Weisberger. Community College Review 1998 : 43-56.
  • “Theory as Healing.” Teaching English in the Two-Year College 1997 : 10-17.
  • “What is Composition and Why Do We Teach It?.” Teaching English in the Two-Year College 1997 : 158-162.
  • “Responding to Student Writing.” LAANE Newsletter 1996 : 3.
  • “Knowin' Nothin' about History: The Challenge of Tutoring in a Multi-Disciplinary Writing Lab.” with Greg Cupples. The Writing Lab Newsletter Nov 1996 : 12-14.
  • “We Do Theory, Too: Community Colleges and the New Century.” College English 1995 : 65-69.
  • “A Comment on 'Connecting Literature to Students' Lives.” College English 1994 : 356-357.
  • “Teachers and Students 'In the Field': What We Have (Re-)Learned from Anthropology.” ERIC ED 331 074 1993
  • “Border-Crossings: Shaping the Academic Conversation.” Advanced Composition Forum 1993 : 8-11.
  • “Seeing Ourselves Differently: Remaking Research and Scholarship at the Community College.” Teaching English in the Two-Year College 1992 : 12-17.
  • “An Enlargement of Observation': More on Theory-Building in the Composition Classroom.” College Composition and Communication 1991 : 36-44.
  • “On-line Writing Instruction.” OnLine 1991 : 4.
  • “An African Fable and Other Stories Our Students Could Tell.” English Record 1990 : 30-33.
  • “A Model of Theory-Making for Writing Teachers: Local Knowledge.” Teaching English in the Two-Year College 1990 : 18-23.
  • “Ethnography in the Writing Classroom.” College Composition and Communication 1989 : 79-82.
  • “At Home On the Range: Diary of an ETS Reader.” English Record 1988 : 14-17.
  • “On Reading Freire and Macedo's Literacy.” Correspondences 1988 : 1-2.
  • “Language and Estrangement: Lessons from the People's Republic of China.” English Journal 1986 : 46-50.
  • Magazine Articles

  • “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the Two-Year College: Promise and Peril.” with Donna Killian Murphey and Jack Mino. Change 2007 : 26-33.
  • Newsletter Articles

  • “The Distinctive Challenges Facing Writing Centers at Public Two-Year Colleges: Will the Center Hold?.” Writing Lab Newsletter 2002
  • “Becoming Politic: When Writing Center Directors Propose Tutor Training Courses..” Writing Lab Newsletter 2002
  • “Writing a Book on the (Two-Year College) Job.” ADE Bulletin 2002
  • Reviews

  • Review of Writing With: New Directions in Collaborative Teaching, Learning, and Research, Teaching English in the Two-Year College 1996 : 315-316.
  • Review of Collaborative Learning: Higher Education, Interdependence, and the Authority of Knowledge, Teaching English in the Two-Year College 1995 : 151-152.
  • Review of Two-Year College English: Essays for a New Century, Teaching English in the Two-Year College 1994 : 159-160.
  • Review of The Academic Crisis of the Community College, Teaching English in the Two-Year College 1992 : 229-290.
  • Awards:
    2004 Carnegie/CASE Community Colleges Professor of the Year
    Carnegie Scholar, 2005-06

    Writing in the disciplines; scholarship of teaching and learning; integrated learning