Student Profile

Dennis Quinn

Ph.D. Student: Language, Literacy & Culture

Background and Research Interests

DJ Quinn has taught at community colleges and four-year institutions, and has worked on flipping classrooms, contract grading, and other student-focused initiatives for increasing retention and transfer for First-Year Composition. His research interests live at the intersection of technology and engagement, and increasing academic access for students from culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.


  • BA in English, St. Lawrence University
  • MFA, Emerson College
  • Certificate in Teaching Composition, San Francisco University
  • In progress: PhD in Education – Language, Literacy & Culture, with a Directed Emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies 


Language, Literature, and Culture (LLC) Primary Advisor:

Carl Whithaus, PhD


Language, Literature, and Culture (LLC) Secondary Advisor:

Christopher Thaiss


“The Buddy System: Navigating the Writing Buddies Project, Discovering a Culture of Letter Writers.”  San Jose Area Writing Project, San Jose, CA.  June 22, 2012.

“Can We Talk: Classroom Conversations for Authentic Writing”: Featured presenter.  San Jose Area Writing Project, San Jose, CA. November 12, 2011.

“Using Portfolios to Document Success in Writing.”  San Jose Area Writing Project, San Jose, CA.  May 18, 2010.

“Service Learning in the Classroom.”  San Jose State University English Department, Professional Development, San Jose, CA.  May 12, 2010.

“Scaffolding the Problem Solving Essay.” San Jose Area Writing Project, San Jose, CA. July 6, 2009.

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