Timothy W. Crusius
Dedman College 2016
Timothy W. Crusius, Professor of English in Dedman College, joined SMU's faculty in 1990 after teaching at Texas A&M and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He earned both B.A. and M.A. degrees in English at the University of Houston and a Ph.D. in rhetoric, literature and linguistics from the University of Southern California. Professor Crusius's major research interests were in rhetorical and literary theory, composition studies, philosophy and Native American literature. He is the author of three scholarly monographs and co-author of two popular textbooks on rhetoric and writing. His most recent book, co-authored with Carolyn Channell, is Engaging Questions: A Guide to Writing (2011). The Aims of Argument: A Rhetoric and Reader (1995), also co-authored with Channell, is in its eighth edition. His 1999 book, Kenneth Burke and the Conversation after Philosophy, is widely considered a major study of Burke's criticism. Professor Crusius served SMU as director of discursive writing from 1990 to 1995 and as the English Department's internship coordinator for 15 years. Although strongly devoted to undergraduate teaching, he served as a reader on several dozen master's and Ph.D. thesis committees and reviewed countless book and article manuscripts. He retires as Professor Emeritus of English.