Russell Mayo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English and PNW Writing Center Director

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Russ’s teaching and research connect writing studies, environmental humanities and educational theory/practice.

Research Overview

His research involves climate change and the environment in relation to writing/humanities education. Russ is currently co-editing a collection of essays about teaching ecocomposition in the age of climate change (expected publication 2021). He is also involved in a longitudinal study of climate change education with secondary English teachers in the Chicagoland area.


  • Mayo, Russell. Finding Ivan Illich in the Writing Center: A Case Study of Deschooling and Literacy Learning. 2020. U of Illinois at Chicago, PhD dissertation.
  • Mayo, Russell. “‘All Schooled Up’: One Teacher’s Path Toward Deschooling.” Unsettling Education: Searching for Ethical Footing in a Time of Reform, edited by Brian Charest and Kate Sjostrom, Peter Lang, 2019, pp. 197-216.
  • Mayo, Russell. “The Everyday Anarchism of Peer Tutoring.” Cultural Rhetorics, Writing Centers, and Relationality: Constellating Stories, special issue of The Peer Review, vol. 2, no. 1, June 2018. 

Teaching Focus

  • Climate Change
  • Critical Literacy
  • Ecocomposition
  • Ecojustice Education
  • Environmental Rhetorics
  • Teaching of English

Previous Roles

  • Co-chair, ELATE Commission on Climate Change and the Environment in English Education
  • External Review Board Member, Journal of Language and Literacy Education

Prior to working in academia, Russ was a middle school teacher for ten years in central North Carolina. Teaching the humanities to adolescents inspired his deep interest in writing studies as well as his critical stance on mainstream schooling. His favorite part of teaching—both then and now—involves working with individual writers and their writing.

Professor Russell Mayo is pictured.


(219) 989-2564

Office Location:

Hammond, CLO 270


  • Ph.D. – English, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.Ed. – Social Studies Education, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • B.S. – English Education, Eastern Michigan University

Areas of Expertise

  • Composition/Rhetoric
  • Environmental Humanities
  • English Education
  • Critical Pedagogies
  • Deschooling

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • 2019 ELATE Graduate Student Research Award – “Teaching English Teachers in the Anthropocene: Qualitative Case Studies of Climate Change in English Education”