David R. DiSarro, Ph.D.
376 Hale Street
(978) 232 – 2237
Director of the Writing Center
Endicott College, Center for Teaching and Learning, Beverly, MA.
Assistant Professor of English
Endicott College, School of Arts and Sciences, Beverly, MA.
Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, Ball State University (2011).
Dissertation: “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”: An Ethnographic Study of First-
Year Composition and Introductory Creative Writing Classrooms
Committee: Jacqueline Grutsch McKinney (Chair), Linda Hanson, Paul Ranieri, Mark
Neely, and Homes Hogue
M.A. in English, Southern Connecticut State University (2006).
B.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Maine at Farmington (2003).
“Let’s CHAT: Cultural Historical Activity Theory Goes into the Creative Writing
Classroom,” New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of
Creative Writing. (Forthcoming, Spring 2015)
“Rust,” Shot Glass Journal #12, (2014):
“I Used to Play in Bands,” Hawaii Pacific Review, (2014):
“Tijeras statues,” Haiku Journal #20, (2013): <http://haikujournal.org/e-issues/>.
“Self-Portrait,” The Ibbetson Street Press #32, (November 2012): 39.
“The Miscarriage,” Breadcrumb Scabs, (February 2010): 19.
“In the Apple Tree,” The Orange Room Review, (October 2008):
“Anniversary,” The Orange Room Review, (August 2008):
“Autumn in a Graveyard,” Ugly Cousin, (May 2008):
“Road Poems,” Ugly Cousin, (May 2008): <http://www.uglycousin.com/page15.htm>.
“After the Wake,” Ugly Cousin, (May 2008):
“What Dad Got in the Divorce,” Third Wednesday, (Summer 2008): 29.
“The Teddy Bear,” Folio Art and Literary Magazine, (Spring 2005): 30.
“Wine and Melody,” Folio Art and Literary Magazine, (Spring 2005): 80.
“A Few Bucks Short,” The Albion Review, (Fall 2004): 36 – 38.
“Albert’s Shoes,” The Sandy River Review, (Spring 2004): 57 – 62.
“The Welts I Wear: A Chapbook of Poetry,” (manuscript in progress). The Colrain Poetry
Manuscript Conference, Wilmington, VT, May 16 – 19, 2014.
“Let’s CHAT: Cultural Historical Activity Theory Goes into the Writing Center.” Northeast
Writing Center Association (NEWCA) Conference, Bryant University, Providence, RI,
March 2 – 3, 2014.
“University of iSocrates: A Digital Pedagogy for Civic Rhetoric” (Co-Presenters: Casey McArdle
and Jeff Paschke-Johannes). Computers and Writing Conference, Frostburg, MD, June
6 – 9, 2013.
“When Fear Turns to Fury: Creative Writing Assessment Practices” (Co-Presenter: Marjie
Stewart). Scientific Advances in Creative Writing & Literary Reading Research,
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, May 22 – 24, 2013.
“A Search for Signs of Assessment in Creative Writing Programs” (Co-Presenter: Marjie
Stewart). Conference on College Composition and Communication (Research Network
Forum), Las Vegas, NV, March 13 – 16, 2013.
“Creative Writing Studies and the Writing Center: A Study of Perception and Collaboration (or
“Can You Really Help With That?”). International Writing Centers Association
Conference, San Diego, CA, October 25 – 27, 2012.
“The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Institutional Design and Writing Center Professionalization.”
Northeast Writing Center Association Conference, New York, NY, April 13 – 15, 2012.
“Contested Spaces: Activity, Pedagogy, and Products in First-Year Composition and
Introductory Creative Writing Classrooms.” Conference on College Composition and
Communication, Atlanta, GA, April 6 – 11, 2011.
“Confessional Ethnography in the First-Year Composition Classroom: Discoveries,
Interpretations, and Reactions to Students’ Previous Writing Experiences.” National
Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, November 18 – 21,
“Technology as the Fulcrum for Trans-disciplinary Work: A Case Study Examining Technology
in the Work of Composition and Creative Writing Faculty at a Public Midwestern
University.” 8th Biennial Thomas R. Watson Conference, University of Louisville,
Louisville, KY, October 14 – 16, 2010.
“Parallels in Pedagogy: A Historical, Theoretical, and Practical Examination of Pedagogical
Similarities between First-Year Composition and Creative Writing Classrooms.”
Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, CA, March 11 –
“An Empirical Study Examining the ‘Lore’ Between Creative Writing Classrooms and Writing
Centers.” East Central Writing Center Association Conference, Ohio State University,
Columbus, OH, April 11, 2008.
“Reconciling the Fear of Nuclear Holocaust through a Childlike Voice: An Examination of
Gregory Corso’s ‘Bomb’ in the Atomic Age,” 17th Annual Practical Criticism Midwest
Conference, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, February 2, 2007.
“Who Are The Elephants Teaching? Connecting the Historical Discourses of Composition
Studies and Creative Writing In Relation to John Dewey and the Teaching of College
Writing," 26th Annual Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture, Albuquerque,
NM, February 8 – 11, 2006.
“Reading Beyond the Patriarchy: A Psychoanalytical Reading of The Color Purple.” 16th Annual
American Literature Association Conference. Boston, MA, May 25 – 29, 2005.
Endicott College (Assistant Professor: July 2011 – Present)
ENG 101: College Writing Seminar
ENG 108: Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 218: Argument-Based Writing
ENG 235: Twentieth Century Fiction
ENG 305: Writing for Inquiry
Ball State University (Instructor: Fall 2006 – Present)
ENG 101: Fundamentals of English Composition I (Teaching Assistant)
ENG 103: Rhetoric and Writing
ENG 104: Composing Research
ENG 231: Writing in the Workplace
WGS 310: History of Women’s Writing and Rhetoric
Southern Connecticut State University (Lecturer: Fall 2004 - Spring 2006)
ENG 100: Composition I
ENG 202: Introduction to Poetry Writing (Teaching Assistant)
[Workshops and Selected Readings]
“Teaching with Camtasia,” Workshop for the Center for Teaching Excellence, Endicott College,
Beverly, MA, April 17, 2014.
“Summary, Synthesis, and Subtopics: Tips and Strategies for Helping Students Understand the
Integration of Sources into Research,” Conference on Critical Thinking, Endicott College,
Beverly, MA, January 24, 2014.
“Activity Theory: A New Frontier in Classroom Assessment,” Workshop for the Center for
Teaching Excellence, Endicott College, Beverly, MA, February 27, 2012.
“A Rhetorical Approach to Tutoring Writing,” Workshop for Student Support Learning
Consultants, Endicott College, Beverly, MA, January 20, 2012.
“Tips for Developing & Teaching a Hybrid Course,” Workshop with Nathalie Saltikoff and
Jessica Kaufman for the Center for Teaching Excellence, Endicott College, Beverly, MA,
November 9, 2011.
“Responding to Student Writing,” Workshop for Seminar in Academic Inquiry (LST 100)
Faculty, Endicott College, Beverly, MA, October 13, 2011.
“Multimodal Compositions: Assignment Construction and Assessment,” Workshop for the
Center for Teaching Excellence, Endicott College, Beverly, MA, September 28, 2011.
“Selected Poems,” Graduate Student Body Association Penscape Reading, Ball State University,
Muncie, IN, November 16, 2006.
“Selected Poems,” 37th Annual College English Association Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 6
– 8, 2006.
“A Few Bucks Short” and “Albert’s Shoes,” Acacia Group Graduate Student Conference,
California State University - Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, March 12, 2005.
Writing Advisory Committee (Chair: 2011 – Present)
Academic Integrity Committee (Committee Member: 2011 – Present)
Technology Committee (Committee Member: 2011 – Present)
Senior Thesis Committee (Advisor: 2011 – 2012)
Ball State University
18th Annual Practical Criticism Midwest Conference (Chair: 2008)
Southern Connecticut State University
English Department Graduate Committee (Committee Member: 2005 – 2006)
English Department Graduate Ensemble (President: 2005 – 2006)
[Service to the Discipline]
Reviewer: Oxford University Press
Ball State University (Best Conference Paper Award: 2007)
“Reconciling the Fear of Nuclear Holocaust through a Childlike Voice: An Examination
of Gregory Corso’s ‘Bomb’ in the Atomic Age,” 17th Annual Practical Criticism Midwest
Conference, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.
Southern Connecticut State University (Graduate Research Fellowship: 2005 – 2006).
University of Maine at Farmington (Intern: Spring 2003)
Alice James Books, Affiliate of the University of Maine at Farmington, Farmington, ME.
College Composition and Communication (CCC)
International Writing Centers Association (IWCA)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society)
Available upon request