John Rothfork, PhD

John Rothfork Professor
Northern Arizona University
Professor, Professional Writing
Blg 23 Rm #324
Phone: 928-523-0559
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Biography

John Rothfork, Ph.D. (University of New Mexico, 1973)
Department Chair (2011– ); Professor, Professional Writing
Dr. Rothfork has been with NAU since 2001.

Special Interests

Online learning

Education

  • Ph.D., 1973, University of New Mexico (American Studies)
  • Ed.S., 1978, University of New Mexico (Curriculum & Instruction)
  • M.A., 1973, Truman University (Education)
  • M.A., 1970, University of Iowa (English)
  • B.A., 1968, Morningside College, Sioux City (Philosophy, English)

Professional Experience

  • 2011–present, Professor; English Department Chair (2011– ); 2006–11, Associate Professor; English Department Associate Chair (2009–11); 2001–06, Assistant Professor; English Department, Northern Arizona University. Specializations: online courses in the graduate Certificate and M.A. programs in professional writing.
  • 1999–2001, Assistant Professor; English and Modern Languages Department, West Texas A&M University. Specialization: American literature.
  • 1986–98, Professor; 1977–85, Associate Professor; 1973–76, Assistant Professor; 1970–72, Instructor; Humanities Department, New Mexico Tech. Specializations: philosophy, literature, technical writing. Editor of the New Mexico Humanities Review, 1978–93.
  • English Language Fellow: Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt (2007-08). Senior Fulbright Professor: Indian Institute of Technology—Madras (1990), Indian Institute of Science—Bangalore (1989), Tokyo University (1985), Keio University (1985), Indian Institute of Technology—Kanpur (1981–2).

Literature

  • “The Theater and Small Town Texas in Clay Reynolds’ The Tentmaker” Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction, 48.1 (Winter 2007).
  • “Cormac McCarthy as Pragmatist,” Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction, 47.2 (Winter 2006): 201-14.
  • “Beauty and History in Clay Reynolds’ Franklin’s Crossing,” Southwest American Literature, 30.2 (Spring 2005): 29-44.
  • “The Missing Beauty in Clay Reynolds’ Agatite Trilogy,” Texas Review, 25.3-4 (Fall/Winter 2004): 80-102.
  • “Language and the Dance of Time in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian,” Southwest American Literature, 30.1 (Fall 2004): 23-36.
  • “Redemption as Language in Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree,” Christianity and Literature, 53 (2004): 385–97.
  • “Confucianism in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Unconsoled,” Quarterly Literary Review of Singapore, 4.1 (October 2004).

Education

  • “Remaking the American University: Open for Business,” Education Review, 9.3 (March 2006): 1-14.
  • “Doom, Gloom, and the Misunderstanding of Higher Education: An Essay Review of Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk,” Education Review, 8.2 (November 2005): 1-14.
  • “Review: Putting the University Online,” Open Learning, 20.2 (June 2005): 193-99.
  • Recent funded grants
  • USGS–Flagstaff, professional writing mentoring, 2008–11.
  • U.S. Department of State, English Language Specialist Program grant to participate in the English Language Teacher Training Institute in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Nov., 2006.
  • National Writing Project, Mentoring Project, 2005-06.
  • Advanced Technology Institute for National Writing Project Technical Liaisons, Marshall University, 2005.