Santa Clara University

Phone: 408-554-4334
Fax: 408-554-4837
Location: St. Joseph's Hall
Room number: 323

Dr. Simone Billings

Director of Core Writing; Senior Lecturer in English

Simone J. Billings, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, received her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University and her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from Stanford University.

Billings is currently the Director of Core Writing. From Fall 2011-Spring 2014, Billings served as Associate Chair of the Department of English and Director of Writing. In AY 2010-11, Billings served as Interim Associate Chair of the Department of English and Director of Writing.

Billings has been teaching full-time at Santa Clara University since 1980, generally teaching non-fiction writing courses: freshman composition, freshman composition for Honors students, argumentation, and creative non-fiction (e.g., profiles, satires, interviews, reviews) in addition to her Senior Seminars. In Fall 2009, Billings worked as a Fulbright Scholar for the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies, which has its head office on the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. She primarily facilitated teacher-training workshops in the teaching of writing for faculty in five different countries of the Eastern Caribbean, working with faculty on the theoretical underpinnings of teaching writing, the design of writing classes and writing assignments, and various ways to respond to student papers. From July 2006 to June 2009, Billings served as Assistant to the President, a half-time administrative position. In AY03-04 she was President of the Faculty Senate; in AY05-06 she was President of the Adobe Lodge Board of Governors, having served for five years prior to that on the Board as the elected representative for the College of Arts and Sciences. She served on the Athletic Advisory Board for numerous years, both as a member and as vice-chair. Other university committees she sits on are the selection committee for the University Honors Program's Oxford Scholar, the Student Fellowships Committee, and the Writing Faculty Core Curriculum Committee. Within The English Department, she chaired the committee for the Best Freshman Essay Competition for numerous years. Currently Billings is the moderator of the Santa Clara chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English honors society. On the national level, Billings had been the Far West Regent for Sigma Tau Delta during the years 2000 - 2004. More information on this program can be found in the Sigma Tau Delta link of the English website.

Courses Taught

  • Practicum in Tutoring composition
  • Freshman composition
  • Freshman composition for Honors students
  • Argumentation
  • Creative non-fiction (e.g., profiles, satires, interviews, reviews)
  • Senior Seminars

Research Interests

  • Instructor commentary on and assessment of student writing
  • Various sites and manifestations of literacy

Representative Publications

  • The Well-Crafted Argument Cengage, Boston, 5th ed., 2014. Formerly Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2008; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions, 2002, 2005, 2008; 4th edition with Cengage 2011, textbook for argumentation courses, co-authored with Fred White

  • She also has a section in Richard Straub's The Practice of Response: Strategies for Commenting on Student Writing (Hampton Press, 2000).

Curriculum Vitae

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