Faculty Profile

Peter Wayne Moe

Peter Wayne Moe

Assistant Professor of English; Director of Campus Writing

Email: moep@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2093
Office: Marston 228

Education: BA, Western Washington University, 2005; MA, Eastern Washington University, 2010; PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2015. At SPU since 2015.
Specialties: Composition, Rhetoric, Pedagogy

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 concerns the sentence, which has 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

As the Director of Campus Writing, he oversees the Writing Program and runs the Writing Center. With his wife and son, Dr. Moe enjoys whale-watching from the shore, cheering on their beloved Pittsburgh Pirates, and eating homemade pizza every Friday night. 

Dr. Moe's personal website

Selected Publications

  • “Reading Coles Reading Themes: Epideictic Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing.” College Composition and Communication, vol. 69, no. 3, Feb. 2018, pp. 431-55.
  • “Something about the Written Delivery of the Line.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 48, no. 1, Jan. 2018, pp. 71-87.
  • “Breathing, Parsing, Praying.” Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 100, no. 2, May 2017, pp. 169-77.
  • “Of Tombs and Wombs, or, The Whale, Part III.” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, vol. 17, no. 1, Mar. 2015, pp. 41-60.
  • “Of Chiasms and Composition, or, The Whale, Part II.” Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy, vol. 65/66, fall 2013/spring 2014, pp. 88-107.
  • “Sounding the Depths of the Whale.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, vol. 21, no. 4, autumn 2014, pp. 858-72.
  • “What Works for Me, and for That Matter, for Us.” Teaching English in the Two-Year College, vol. 40, no. 4, May 2013, pp. 364-83.
  • “Revealing Rather Than Concealing Disability: The Rhetoric of Parkinson’s Advocate Michael J. Fox.” Rhetoric Review, vol. 31, no. 4, Oct. 2012, pp. 443-60.
Dr. Peter Moe’s C.V.