Dr. Maureen Johnson is an Associate Professor of Literature and Languages and the Writing Program Administrator. Her scholarship focuses on embodied rhetorics, particularly the ways in which bodies are depicted in media. She also enjoys helping students discover their writing superpowers and guiding them toward creating effective texts in a variety of media. Dr. Johnson is originally from West Virginia and loves talking about her home state.


  • Texas Woman's University, PhD in Rhetoric
  • Texas Woman's University, Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies
  • Marshall University, MA in English
  • Marshall University, BA in journalism

Publications and Research Focus

  • Johnson, Maureen. “Jane Austen’s Persuasion: Finding Companionate Marriage through Sickness and Health,” Humanities, volume 12, Number 5, 2023.
    Johnson, Maureen. “A scholar anew: How cancer taught me to rekindle my embodiment research.” Our Body of Work: Embodied Administration and Teaching, Utah State UP, 2022.
    Johnson, Maureen. From Student to Writer: Writing in the First Year, McGraw-Hill, 2023.
    Johnson, Maureen, Daisy Levy, Katie Manthey, and Maria Novotny. “Embodiment:
    Embodying Feminist Rhetorics.” Peitho 18.1 (2015): 39-44. 28 October 2016.
    “‘A Story That Demands to be Told’: Teaching Embodiment Through Memoirs,” 2023 CCCC Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, February 2023.
    “Equity, Inclusivity, and the Future of Rhetorical Publications: A Roundtable Discussion,” 2022 Rhetoric Society of America Conference in Baltimore, MD. Collaborative panel with Dr. Erika Johnson and Dr. Tawny LeBouef Tullia.

Office Hours

1:00 – 4:00 pm— Mondays and Wednesdays

10:00 am – 2:00 pm— Tuesdays and Thursdays.