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

Email: moep@spu.edu
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 has two book projects underway, the first on how one might come to know whales, and the second on how teachers of writing as a field might rethink the role of student writing within composition studies. The divide between those two topics — whales and pedagogy — reflects how his work is two-stranded, attending to both the general public and to the academy.

Dr. Moe's writing for a general audience explores a wide range of topics: baseball, the inherited language of prayer, the role of reading and writing in everyday life, and whales. These essays have appeared in The Seattle Times, The Millions, Inside Higher Ed, and Out There Outdoors, as well as Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal; Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies; enculturation: a journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture; and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. 

Dr. Moe's scholarly writing concerns the teaching of writing, and these essays have appeared in College Composition and Communication, Rhetoric Review, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Teaching English in the Two-Year College, among other places.

As the Director of Campus Writing, he oversees the Writing Program and, in close partnership with the Library, he runs the Research, Reading, & Writing Studio. He is also leading a project to hang a whale skeleton in Eaton Hall.

With his wife and son, Dr. Moe enjoys trips to the San Juan Islands, cheering on their beloved Pittsburgh Pirates, and eating homemade pizza every Friday night.

Dr. Moe's personal website