Provost's Staff

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Peter Mortensen
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


As Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Peter Mortensen provides leadership and coordination in the realm of undergraduate academic affairs, reporting to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Innovation. In Spring 2014, his direct reporting units include the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning and the Office of Undergraduate Research. In addition, he convenes the Council of Undergraduate Deans and serves as a Provost’s Office representative in university and campus policy conversations on a range of subjects (e.g., student academic achievement, instructional materials access, electronic identity management, and transfer course articulation).

Mortensen is also an associate professor in the Department of English and a core faculty member in the Center for Writing Studies. His published scholarship includes Women and Literacy: Local and Global Inquiries for a New Century(co-edited with Beth Daniell, 2007), Imagining Rhetoric: Composing Women of the Early United States(co-authored with Janet Carey Eldred, 2002), and Ethics and Representation in Qualitative Studies of Literacy(co-edited with Gesa E. Kirsch, 1996), along with articles, chapters, and review essays on a range of topics in writing and rhetorical studies. He is currently completing Manufacturing Illiteracy in the United States, a book-length study of the rhetorical and material conditions that, from the Panic of 1837 through the Great Depression, shaped public discourse on the causes and consequences of illiteracy. Long active in the Modern Language Association, he is past chair of the MLA Division on the History and Theory of Rhetoric and Composition.