W351 South College

Faculty Bio

David Fleming has been on the faculty of UMass Amherst since 2006 and was director of the University Writing Program from 2007-2011. He holds the Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University (1996), the M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1989), and the A.B. in English from Davidson College (1983).

Fleming's research spans the field of composition-rhetoric; he has published essays on the history of rhetoric, argumentation theory and practice, writing in the disciplines and professions, and the history and pedagogy of first year composition.

David Fleming's personal website.

David Fleming's blog, City of Rhetoric.

Office Hours

Fall 2023: Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 1-2:30 and by appointment.


City of Rhetoric: Revitalizing the Public Sphere in Metropolitan America (SUNY Press, 2008)

From Form to Meaning: Freshman Composition and the Long Sixties, 1957-1974 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011)

In progress: a book about the past, present, and future of the bachelor's degree in U.S. higher education, tentatively titled American Baccalaureate.

Research Areas

  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Nonfiction Writing