Jim and Nina

James Seitz

Associate Professor

Bryan Hall 102C

Office Hours: By appointment.
Class Schedule: W 5:00-7:30

Autobiography, Rhetoric, Writing Program


Ph.D. New York University
M.A. University of New Mexico
B.A. University of California at Santa Barbara


I teach undergraduate courses in writing and literature, and I like to bring my interests in music, film, television, art, and athletics into my classes, where I can think alongside my students about problems and possibilities in what we read, watch, and listen to.  My graduate teaching focuses on pedagogy and curriculum development, with an emphasis on how we can make the teaching of English more meaningful for today’s students.


Recent Lectures & Publications

  • "An Intimate Rankness: Updike and the High Art of Description" -- forthcoming in The Updike Review
  • "Inventing the Writing Program: How to Name What We Do When, However Old, It's New." Association of Departments of English Bulletin, Spring 2018.
  • “Alternative Writing Assignments.” Washington and Lee University.  Lexington VA: August 26, 2016.
  • “Unconventional Writing Instruction.” Millsaps College.  Jackson, MS: October 27, 2016.
  • “Questions We Can’t Answer: The Secret to a Good Writing Assignment.”  Association of Departments of English Bulletin No. 154 (2015):  51 - 56.
  • “Developmental Networks for Novice College Writing Instructors.” Co-authored with Charles Paine and Patricia Sullivan.  In Dominguez, N. & Gandert, Y. (Eds.). 7th Annual Mentoring Conference Proceedings: Developmental Networks: Mentoring & Coaching at Work. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico, 2014.
  • “Re-Telling Our Tales: Narratives of Teaching and the Graduate Curriculum.”  The Graduate Program in Cultural Rhetoric, Syracuse University.  Syracuse, NY: November 14, 2012.


  • Richard A. and Sarah Page Mayo N.E.H. Distinguished Professorship, UVA, 2016 - 2019
  • Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
  • David and Tina Bellet Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
  • Carnegie Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2001-02