Jonathan Bush

Jonathan Bush

Jonathan Bush

Dr. Jonathan Bush

Director, Third Coast Writing Project
Professor, English Education; Rhetoric and Writing Studies
Fellow, American Council on Education

Mailing address

Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331


Ph.D., Purdue University


Jonathan Bush is a professor of English, specializing in English Education and rhetoric and writing studies. He currently serves as department chair. He is also the director of the Third Coast Writing Project. He holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Purdue University. He teaches pedagogy and theory courses in English education and coordinates English 1000: The Writing Process, WMU's developmental writing course.

He is the former editor of the Language Arts Journal of Michigan and has published widely in professional journals, including English Education, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), English Leadership Quarterly, College Composition and Communication, English Journal, Pedagogy, and others. He is also co-author of But Will it Work with Real Students: Scenarios for Teaching Secondary English Language Arts (NCTE, 2003) and collaborating author of Grammar to Enrich and Enhance Student Writing (Heinemann, 2008). Jonathan currently serves on the NCTE Editorial Board and is co-editor of Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education. He also co-writes a quarterly column, “Professional Writing in the English Classroom for English Journal.

He is the former co-chair of the Conference on English Education Commission on Writing Teacher Education and the co-founder and former chair of the Conference on College Composition's Special Interest Group: English Education/Composition Connections.

He lives in Plainwell, MI with his wife, Erin, and four children: Delaney, Avery, Owen, and Eleanor. He is also a public affairs officer in the US Navy Reserve.


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