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 is two-stranded. The first concerns the sentence, which as 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 Quarterly; College Composition and Communication; Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy; Composition Studies; Teaching English in the Two-Year College; and Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
The second area of Dr. Moe's research concerns the whale. He has published a three-part series of essays on whales, and he is currently working on a book building on those articles, tentatively titled Touching This Leviathan: Essays on Reading, Writing, and the Sea. He is also leading an effort to hang a whale skeleton in SPU's Eaton Hall, a great opportunity for collaboration between the English and Biology departments, and a great student learning opportunity as well, as students will be helping retrieve, clean, and articulate the skeleton.
As the Director of Campus Writing, he oversees the Writing Program and runs the Writing Center. With this wife and son, Dr. Moe enjoys whale watching from the shore, cheering on their Pittsburgh Pirates, and eating homemade pizza every Friday night.