A head shot of Beverly Moss, an African-American woman, early 60s, in a light blue sweater, looking straight at the camera

Beverly Moss, PhD

Beverly Moss, PhD

Professor of English, The Ohio State University

Beverly J. Moss (she/her) is an associate professor of English at The Ohio State University where she specializes in composition and literacy studies. Professor Moss earned her B.A. in English from Spelman College, her M.A. in English with a specialization in rhetoric and composition from Carnegie-Mellon, and her Ph.D. in English with a specialization in rhetoric, composition, and literacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Her scholarly and pedagogical interests include examining literacy in African American community spaces, composition theory and pedagogy, and writing center theory and practice. She is the author of A Community Text Arises: A Literate Text and A Literacy Tradition in African American Churches, co-author of Everyone’s an Author (composition textbook), editor of Literacy Across Communities, and co-editor of Writing Groups Inside and Outside the Classroom and The Best of the Independent Journals in Rhetoric and Composition 2012. Professor Moss has served on the editorial boards of College Composition and Communication and the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric series and currently is on the editorial board of the Community Literacy Journal.

She also serves on the advisory board of the Coalition for Community Writing and as director of Second- Year Writing at The Ohio State University. Beverly is currently writing a book on the literacy practices of Phenomenal Women Incorporated, an African American women’s service and social club. A long-time faculty member of the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English, Professor Moss is now the director of the Middlebury Bread Loaf Teacher Network (BLTN), a professional development network of current and former Bread Loaf teachers who teach primarily in public schools in rural and urban settings. Professor Moss was awarded the 2021 College Composition and Communication Exemplar Award and the 2021 Coalition for Community Writing Engaged Distinguished Scholar Award.

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