Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
204 Swanlund Administration Building
601 E. John Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-6677
Fax: (217) 244-5639
Assistant: Melinda Schaefer, (217) 333-6677
Peter Mortensen provides leadership and coordination in the area of undergraduate academic affairs. His portfolio includes special initiatives on undergraduate research, college honors programs, student academic progress, and academic advising, and he convenes the Council of Undergraduate Deans. Reporting units include the Campus Center for Advising and Academic Services (and its enrollment unit, the Division of General Studies), the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Campus Office for Programs on Teaching and Learning. Mortensen is also an Associate Professor in the Department of English. His scholarship asks how narrative representations of literacy influence value judgments about individuals and social groups. He is coauthor of Imagining Rhetoric: Composing Women of the Early United States (with Janet Carey Eldred, 2002), and editor of Women and Literacy: Local and Global Inquiries for a New Century (with Beth Daniell, 2007) and Ethics and Representation in Qualitative Studies of Literacy (with Gesa E. Kirsch, 1996). He is completing Manufacturing Illiteracy in the United States, a book-length study of the rhetorical and material conditions that have shaped public arguments about the causes and consequences of literacy’s absence. Long active in the Modern Language Association, Mortensen is past chair of MLA’s Division on the History and Theory of Rhetoric and Composition.