Department of English

Lance Cummings

Associate Professor
Internship Coordinator
Lance Cummings - Photo by Rory LavertyMorton Hall 156


Complete CV can be found here.


Ph.D. Miami University of Ohio
M.A. Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne
B.A. Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Academic Interests

Dr. Cummings teaches professional writing courses and is currently coordinating writing internships. He has been awarded several Applied Learning grants for exploring student collaboration in technologically and linguistically diverse environments, particularly online. His dissertation focused on comparative rhetoric and translingual histories of writing instruction, specifically in the early 20th century Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). While continuing his work in comparative rhetoric and histories of composition, Dr. Cummings is researching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in Pakistani Universities and developing technical writing programs between UNCW and Poland.

Courses Taught

  • ENG 201 College Reading and Writing II (online)
  • ENG 204 Introduction to Professional Writing
  • ENG 204 Introduction to Professional Writing (online)
  • ENG 312 Writing for Business (online)
  • ENG 314 Digital Composing
  • ENG 319 Document Design
  • ENG 393 Writing for Scientific Audiences
  • ENG 551 Studies in Professional Writing (Environmental Studies)
  • ENG 552 Rhetoric & Culture
  • ENG 557 Theory & Practice of Technical Communication
  • ENG 578 Scence and Medical Writing for Global & Cross-Cultural Audiences (Environmental Studies)
  • ENG 579 Environmental Writing
  • ENG 496 Senior Seminar: World Rhetorics and Intercultural Communication
  • ENG 498 Internships in Writing

Honors Courses

  • HON 191 Research & Discovery
  • HON 212 Writing in Action
  • HON 212 Design Thinking & the Art of Problem-Solving


  • UNI 101 University Studies, Special Topic: Design Thinking and the Art of Problem-Solving

Major Publications

Cummings, Lance. “Rhetorical Histories of Comparison: An Archeology of the Comparative Act.” The Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics. Ed. Keith Lloyd. New York: Routledge 2020.

Cummings, Lance. “The Dark Alchemy of Donald Trump: Re-inventing Presidential Rhetorics through Christian and "New Age" Discourses.” Ed. Michele Lockhart. President Donald Trump and His Political Discourse. New York: Routledge, 2018.

Cummings, Lance. “Science and the Religious Rhetorics of the Ineffable: A Comparison Between Two ‘Cosmoses.’” Res Rhetorica. July 2017 1(2): 15-28.

Cummings, Lance. “Religion and the Professional Ethos: The YMCA, Dale Carnegie, and the ‘Business Man.’” Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization. February 2017 9(1): 6-27.

Cummings, Lance, Renea Frey, Ryan Ireland, Caitlin Martin, Heidi McKee, Jason Palmeri, and James E. Porter. "Kairotic Design: Building Flexible Networks for Online Composition." Ed. James P. Purdy and Dànielle Nicole DeVoss. Making Space: Writing Instruction, Infrastructure, and Multiliteracies. Utah State University Press/Computers and Composition Digital Press.

Cummings, Lance. “Flipping the Online Classroom: The Asynchronous Workshop.” Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. March 2016 79(1): 81-101. Print.

Cummings, Lance. "Comparison as a Mode of Inquiry: Rearticulating the Contexts of Intercultural Communication." Journal of Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization. 4.2 (2014): 126-146. Web.

Cummings, Lance. "Historical Linguistics and Language Policy: A Comparative Look at Christian Missions in Alaska." In, Out, and Beyond: Studies on Border Confrontations, Resolutions, and Encounters. Ed. Antonio Medina-Rivera and Lee Wilbershied. Newcastle, UK; Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011. 48-65. Print.

Cummings, Lance. "What's in a Name?: Basic Writing in America and Beyond Shaughnessy." Open Words 4.2 (Fall 2010): 84-92. Web.

Sample Video

Here is a brief introduction that describes my teaching attitudes and methods for Introduction to Professional Writing students. I can't teach my students all there is to know about professional writing, but I can teach them to think like professional writers.