Loyola University Chicago

Writing Program

Jocelyn Eighan

Adjunct Instructor



Teaching Philosophy:

Dynamic participation and engagement are crucial to transforming the classroom into a community of practice where students can see their ideas take shape. Thus, my pedagogy is strongly informed by social theories of language that underscore the connection between students’ writing and their ability to shape social environments. I firmly believe that writers must see themselves as participants who have the power to shape the practice of particular communities and, at the same time, can recognize the influence of communities on their own experiences of learning and writing. By seeing themselves as active members engaged in a community, students can begin to recognize that their writing has the potential for meaningful consequences.


  • BA, Loyola University Chicago
  • MA, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Research Interests

  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • English as a Second Language
  • Introductory and Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
  • Shame Theory and Literary Criticism
  • Feminist Theory and Literature
  • Disability Studies, Theory, and Criticism
  • Film Studies: Film Theory, Popular Genres, Science Fiction
  • British and American Fiction
  • Topics in Popular Culture


  • UIC Honoring Our Professors' Excellence (HOPE) Award, March 2017



  • “Swimming Lessons,” Harmony Magazine, Fall 2016.

Book Chapters and Articles:

  • “The Other Woman: Xenophobia and Shame.” The Female Face of Shame. Ed. Erica L. Johnson and Patricia Moran. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.


  • Review of Egg Heaven by Robin Parks. American Book Review (Volume 6, Number 35), July/August 2015.