Biography

David Jolliffe is professor of English and, by courtesy, Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas, where he is the initial occupant of the Brown Chair in English Literacy.  He earned a B.A. in English, magna cum laude, from Bethany College in 1974; an M.A. in English from West Virginia University in 1980; and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas in 1984.  A native of New Martinsville, West Virginia, Jolliffe began his career as an educator at Triadelphia High School and then at Wheeling Park High School, where he taught both English and theatre.  Jolliffe has also taught at West Virginia University, Bethany, the University of Texas, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and DePaul University.  He moved to Fayetteville in 2005 to inaugurate the work of the Brown Chair, whose mission is to promote critical and effective literacy among Arkansans in all walks of life.

The author or editor of 13 books and more than 40 articles on the history and theory of rhetoric, the teaching of writing, and the preparation of writing teachers, Jolliffe has always connected his work to the arts, particularly to theatre. Currently, his office sponsors a program called the Arkansas Studio Project, which offers arts-infused literacy-enrichment activities in secondary schools in Springdale, Arkansas.  He acts regularly with The Classical Edge Theatre Company, which offers free, outdoor productions of William Shakespeare’s works in Northwest Arkansas and throughout the state.  In the summer of 2015, the Brown Chair will co-sponsor a summer drama camp at the University of Arkansas for students who attend small, rural high schools in the Arkansas Delta.

Jolliffe has been actively involved with the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Program since 1992.  He served as Chief Reader for AP English Language from 2003 through 2007 and again from 2010 through 2011.

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