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Violet Dutcher

DEPARTMENT: Language & Literature Dept

POSITION: Professor

DEPARTMENT: Writing Program

POSITION: Writing Program Director

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | RLN 220

PHONE: (540) 432-4316


Dr. Vi Dutcher is a professor of rhetoric and composition and teaches writing and speech courses. Prior to coming to EMU, she taught writing and women’s studies courses at Kent State University—Stark Campus. She has also taught at The University of Akron and Cuyahoga Community College. She enjoys linking her courses to community partnerships where students produce a deliverable product for a specified need in an organization. Her research interests are community literacy practices in general and Old Order Amish women’s literacy practices in particular.


B.A. Kent State University
M.A. The University of Akron
Ph.D. Kent State University


“‘Feel how soft her hair is’: Amish Women’s Practices on the Female Body.” Chapter in collection Women and the Material Culture of Death. Eds. Beth Fowkes Tobin and Maureen Daly Goggin. Ashgate Publishing, 2013.

“Sisyphus Rolls On: Reframing Women’s Ways of “Making It” in Rhetoric and Composition” in Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion, in collaboration with Kirsten Bivens, City Colleges of Chicago; Eileen Schell, Syracuse University; Martha M. Canter; Kirsti Cole, Minnesota State University; Morgan Gresham, Texas Tech University; and Luisa Rodriguez-Connal; online live October 15, 2013.

“Assessing the Effects of Faculty and Staff Writing Retreats: Four Institutional Perspectives” in collaboration with Ellen Schendel (Grand Valley State University), Claudine Griggs (Rhode Island College), and Susan Callaway (U of St. Thomas) Chapter in edited collection Working With Faculty Writers, Anne Ellen Geller & Michelle Eodice, eds., Utah State University Press, 2013.

“‘Hurry Back!’: the Circle Letter as Communal Liaison in Anabaptist Female Literacy Practice” 2009 Center for Mennonite Literature Website.

“Grandma’s Sugar Cookies” Hunger and Thirst anthology. City Works Press, 2008.

“Learning Politics in the First Grade.” After the Bell. Eds. Maggie Anderson and David Hassler. University of Iowa Press, 2007.

“The Enduring Strength of Recovered and Traditional Stories.” Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History Winter 2006.

“Book Review” of Countryside Cooking and Chatting, published by Herald Press, 2006 in Mennonite Weekly Review and Canadian Mennonite

“Autoethnography.” Encyclopedia of Women’s Autobiography. Eds. Victoria Boynton and Jo Malin. 2 vols. Greenwood Press, 2005.

“Writing Without the ‘Protection of Angels’: Notes from the Middle Voice.” Feminism/s 4 (2004): 39-59.

“Writing Community Boundaries.” Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholars Network Newsletter 7.1 Spring 2004.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

Women’s Network Special Interest Group leader for Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession
68th Conference on College Composition and Communication
Portland, OR, March 2017

“Love, Intimacy, and Care in Old Order Amish Women’s Places”
Mennonite Higher Education Conference/Marpeck Deans
Bethel College, North Newton, KS, May 2016

Women’s Network Special Interest Group leader for Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession
67th Conference on College Composition and Communication
Houston, TX, April 2016

Presenter in Panel “Gendered Risks and Rewards in The New Job Market(s): Changing Positions, Changing Locations”
66th Conference on College Composition and Communication
Tampa, FL, March 2015

“Common Writing Rubric and Assessment”; Presenter in Roundtable discussion: “WAC and WID Reformulated: Alternative Programming, Reading, Writing, and Assessment for Authentic Composition” 65th Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN, March 2014

“Old Order Amish Women’s Literacy Practices: ‘I’ll Bet This Thing Would Really Go.’” Kreider Scholar Presentation, Young Center, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA, Feb. 20, 2014

“Teaching is serious”: Blackboard Bulletin “bears fruit” for Amish Church
Amish in America: Plain Technology in a Cyber World
Elizabethtown, PA, June 2013

“Writing Tutors and Church-Sponsored Literacies”
Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference
Savannah, GA, July 2013

“The Basic Writing Classroom: Creating a Space to Learn
Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference
Albuquerque, NM, July 2012

“The Amish and Mennonite Women’s Tradition” for panel titled We’ve Come this Far By Faith: Women’s Literacy, Activism, and Faith Practices
62nd Conference on Composition and Communication
Atlanta, Georgia, April, 2011

Panel Moderator
International Writing Centers Association /National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing
Baltimore, Maryland, November 2010

“Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh my!” Cross-Cultural Students and Perceptions of Cultural Adaptability
EMU Faculty Conference
Harrisonburg, VA, August 2010

Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession SIG & members meeting
61st Conference on College Composition and Communication
Louisville, Kentucky, March 2010

Poetry Reading and Panel Presentation
Wick Poetry Center 25th Anniversary Celebration
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, March 2009

“How Does the Incarnate Word Affect my Scholarship?”
Mennonite University Faculty Conference
Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, August 2008

“The Composition Classroom: Sites of Feminist Transformation”
58th Conference on College Composition and Communication
New York City, March 2007

“’Hurry Back!’: The Circle Letter as Communal Liaison in Anabaptist Female Literacy Practice”
Mennonite/s Writing: Beyond Borders
Bluffton, Ohio, October 2006