Peter Wayne Moe

Assistant Professor of English
Director of Campus Writing

B.A., Western Washington University, 2005
M.A., Eastern Washington University, 2010
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2015

Specialties: Composition, Rhetoric, Pedagogy

Office: Marston 228

Peter Wayne Moe became interested in Composition while working at the Western Washington University Writing Center as an undergrad.  After graduation, he spent a few years as a court clerk. Deciding law wasn’t for him, he headed to Eastern Washington University for an MA and then to the University of Pittsburgh for a doctorate in Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy, and Rhetoric.

Dr. Moe’s research concerns the sentence, which has been neglected in recent Composition scholarship. Dr. Moe’s work reclaims the sentence as a site of pedagogical possibility. By attending to the rhetoricity of the sentence, Dr. Moe focuses on what sentences do on the page, “do” in the sense of how they move, how they perform, what they accomplish, and for whom they do these things. In carrying out this project, Dr. Moe relies heavily on student writing, and he has published (and has work forthcoming) on the sentence and student writing in Rhetoric Society QuarterlyCollege Composition and CommunicationReader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and PedagogyComposition StudiesTeaching English in the Two-Year College; and Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

As the Director of Campus Writing, he oversees the Writing Program and runs the Writing Center. With his wife and son, Dr. Moe enjoys whale watching from the shore, cheering on their beloved Pittsburgh Pirates, and eating homemade pizza every Friday night.