Deborah Coxwell-Teague

Teaching Professor, Director, College Composition
WMS 222A
First-Year Composition Program

DEBORAH COXWELL-TEAGUE, Associate in English, Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric (1990), M.S. in Reading/Language Arts (1983), is Director of the First-Year Composition Program in the Department of English. She trains and supervises the 150+ graduate teaching assistants who teach close to 400 sections of first-year composition each year, and she also teaches a variety of composition courses. She and Dan Melzer, a former FSU TA who earned PhDs from Florida State in both Rhetoric/Composition and Creative Writing, co-authored a composition textbook, Everything's a Text, published in December 2011 by Pearson. Deborah has also recently co-authored an article titled "Advanced Placement English and College Composition: A Comparison of Writing at the High School and First-Year College Levels," with Ron Lunsford and John Kiser, that is included in the 2nd edition of What Is College-Level Writing? She is currently working with Ron Lunsford on an edited collection, First-Year Composition: Putting Theory into Practice, which is scheduled to be published in spring 2014 with Parlor Press, and she is completing the new edition of The Longman Writer for Pearson Publishing Company, due to be published in fall 2014.


  • First-Year Composition: From Theory to Practice. Co-edited with Ronald F. Lunsford. Parlor Press 2014
  • Everything's a Text. Pearson (2011).
  • "Advanced Placement English and College Composition: A Comparison of Writing at the High School and First-Year College Levels." What Is College-Level Writing? (2nd Edition). Ed. Patrick Sullivan and Howard Tinberg. National Council Teachers of English (November 2010).
  • On Writing. Florida State University Custom Edition. McGraw-Hill. 2010.
  • Finding Our Way: A Writing Teacher's Sourcebook. Houghton Mifflin. March 2005.
  • "Editing: Students' (and Teachers') Least Favorite Part of the Research Process." Guide to Research Writing. Boynton/Cook Heinemann 2005.
  • "Eulogy for Richard Straub." Composition Studies Spring 2002.
  • "Making Meaning-Your Meaning-As You Read." In The Subject Is Reading. Ed. Wendy Bishop. Boynton/Cook Heinemann 2000.


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