Eastern Michigan University
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Phillip Arrington


603E Pray-Harrold



PhD, University of Louisville

Interests and Expertise

Professor Arrington teaches composition, rhetoric, and literature has published extensively in the area of rhetoric and composition and the teaching of writing.  His new e-novel, The Serpent's Sage, is now available at Smashwords.com and Amazon. com, and his book, Rhetoric's Agons (2008) is still available as print-on-demand at Amazon.com. He is currently working on a book, tentatively entitled, The Wounding Word:  Violence and the Rhetorical Traditions and is seeking an agent for another book entitled, Eloquence Divine--In Quest of God's Rhetoric.

His contribution to the English department, and the Eastern community at large, is invaluable. He has served as the Communications Director for EMU-AAUP. In recent years, he has served as the Media Spokesperson for EMU's AAUP Chapter (1996, 1999-2000,) served as an Alternate Member for the Bargaining Council during the 1999-2000 year and was Director of Teaching Assistants/Freshman Composition. He was also a member of the Curriculum Committee and Chair of the Freshman Writing Committee.

Professor Arrington is equally active in the teaching and writing professions. He is currently a member of the American Association of University Professors, as well as the National Council of Teachers of English.


English Composition
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to Drama
Introduction to Fiction
Research Writing
Intermediate Composition
Writing and Rhetorical Theory
Expository Writing
Writing about Controversies

Recent Publications and Presentations

"Window Rhetoric--Curtains, Drapes, and Blinds," presented at Media Ecology Association, June, 2013

A reading from The Serpent's Sage, at MCEA Conference, October 2013



The Serpents Sage Cover

a new novel now available as an e-book at Smashwords.com and Amazon.com

Rhetroic's Agons Flyer