Jonathan Bush

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Jonathan Bush
Professor of English and Fellow for the American Council on Education
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Mailing address: 
Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331 USA
  • Ph.D., English, Purdue University
Teaching interests: 
  • English education
  • Thought and writing
  • Methods in teaching college writing

Dr. Jonathan Bush is a professor in the Department of English at Western Michigan University. He is the 2019 recipient of the Charles Carpenter Fries Award and was recognized at the annual MCTE Fall Conference in Oct. 2018. Bush was named as an American Council on Education Fellow for 2015-16.

Bush specializes in English education and rhetoric and writing studies. He has served as department chair and is the director of the Third Coast Writing Project. He teaches pedagogy and theory courses in English education and coordinates WMU's developmental writing course, English 1000: The Writing Process.

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 (National Council of Teachers of English, 2003) and collaborating author of Grammar to Enrich and Enhance Student Writing (Heinemann, 2008). Bush 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.

Bush 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 serves on the College Board's AP English Language and Composition Development Committee. He is also a public affairs officer in the Navy Reserves.