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Edwina L. Helton

Professor of English, Director of Graduate Composition Studies, Co-Director of Women's and Gender Studies, and Campus FACET Liaison
Whitewater Hall 269
(765) 973-8460


  • Ph.D., English, Miami University.
  • M.A. and B.A., English, University of Akron.
  • Graduate Certificate in Composition and Rhetoric, University of Akron.
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Maryland, European Division, Suffolk, UK.

Current Research and Creative Activity

  • Multicultural visual historiographies and the arts
  • Romantic period rhetorical histories of stylistics, etiquette, and language development
  • Rhetoric of discursive presence, assessments, and online teaching pedagogy

Selected Recent Presentations

  • “Publishing for Increasing Student Engagement with Historical Contexts of Course Content.” Lilly Spring International Conference: Evidence Based Teaching and Learning. Bethesda, Maryland, Forthcoming, May, 2015
  • “Revisioning the Culture of First-Year Composition Faculty: Implementing Effective Change Following Systematic Assessment Reporting.” Writing Program Administrators national Conference, Normal, Illinois, July, 2014
  • “Content Rich Instruction: Publications and Interactive Course Materials for Online Teaching.” Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning, Traverse City, Michigan, October, 2014
  • “Revising and Restructuring The Community of First-Year Composition Faculty: Activism Aimed at Effective Change Following Systematic Assessment Outcomes.” Writing Program Administrators national conference, Savannah, Georgia, July, 2013

Selected Recent Publications

  • The Ideology of Early Black American Experience: Civil War and Reconstruction. iBook. 2015.
  • Garden Birds in Art: The Bluebird, Chickadee, Sparrow, Swallow, and Wren. iBook. 2014.
  • Ansel Adams Japanese - American Relocation And Internment At Manzanar With Historic Camp Films. iBook. 2013
  • Birds of Prey: Owl. iBook. 2013
  • A Visual History of Child Labor: Crime, Reform, and Government Regulation. 2012

Selected Teaching Awards

  • The Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award, Indiana University System-Wide Teaching Award, 2009
  • Helen Lees Award for Excellence in Teaching, All Campus Teaching Award, 2004.
  • Facet Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching Award, Indiana University System-Wide Award, 2001
  • Horizon Award for Excellence in Teaching, All Campus Teaching Award, 1999.

Selected Academic Awards/Grants

  • IU FACET Institute Team Leader, Graduate and Retention, 2014-16
  • IU System Curriculum Grant for Indiana University East, 2013-14 ($15,000)
  • IU FACET Institute Team Leader, High Impact Practices, 2012-14
  • WPA Service/Research Award, Nomination, Indiana University East, 2009 (Not pursued)
  • Curriculum Development Grant, Indiana University East, 2006 ($7000)
  • Arts and Humanities New Frontiers Scholar Grant, Indiana University, 2002-04
  • Membership to the Faculty of the Indiana University Graduate School, 2002
  • Summer Faculty Fellowship, Indiana University, 1996, 1999

Selected Previous Positions

  • Coordinator of Online English Degree, Indiana University East, 2005-2012
  • Director of Writing, Indiana University East, 1997-2012.
  • Assistant Coordinator of English, Indiana University East, 2000-09.
  • Assistant Professor of English, Indiana University Kokomo, 1995-97.