• Brian Becker
  • Brian Becker
  • Director of the Writing Program Institute & Placement and Testing
  • Assistant Teaching Professor
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  • Office: 43 Mine St, Room 201 College Avenue Campus
  • About:
    • Brian has been teaching with the Writing Program since 2016.
    • He finished his PhD at Rutgers in 2015. He has also worked with educational publishers since 2005, helping to write, edit, and design test-prep and other materials.
    • His work at Rutgers is relatively diverse--he writes and assesses the placement test for incoming students (approximately 6,000-7,000 students per year), and he coordinates Basic Composition (100) and Composition Skills (098) for the Writing Program.
    • He is currently at work creating an free, open-source textbook for Basic Composition students and completing some personal writing projects.
  • Education:
    • Ph.D. - Literatures in English, Rutgers, Completed May 2015
    • Dissertation - “Folk Moderns and Modern Folks: Media, Modernity, and the Migration of Real Americans”
    • M.A. - Humanities, The University of Chicago, Completed May 2006
    • Thesis: "Folk-Modernism: Intersection and Overlap in Sherwood Anderson and Jean Toomer"
    • B.A. - English, The George Washington University, Completed May 2005
  • Courses Taught:
    • Composition:
    • Expository Writing (101), Basic Composition with Reading (100R), Composition Skills (098), English as Academic Discourse I (155), English as Academic Discourse II (156), Research in the Disciplines (201)
    • Literature:
    • Principles of Literary Study: Prose, Twentieth-Century American Literature, Black Narrative, Harlem Renaissance, Introduction to American Literature I and II
  • Awards:
    • Graduate School Fellowship, 2014 – 2015. 
    • Dissertation Teaching Award, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, Honorable Mention, 2013 – 2014. 
    • Summer Departmental Funding, Summer 2013, Summer 2014. 
    • Graduate School Fellowship, 2011 – 2012. 
    • Mellon Summer Departmental Funding, Summer 2011, Summer 2012. 
    • Presidential Fellowship, Rutgers, 2008 – 2009. 
    • Teaching or Research Assistant Funding, 2009 – 2010, 2010 – 2011, 2012 – 2013, 2013 – 2014. 
    • Enosinian Scholar, Outstanding Undergraduate Research, George Washington University, 2005.
  • Publications:
    • "Radio's Disappearing Act: The Modern Folks," Raritan Quarterly, Fall 2018