O’Malley Director of the University Writing Program
Serving as theO’Malley Director of the University Writing Program, John Duffy, an associate professor of English, encourages students to see writing and speaking well as ethical activities that have implications for the health of a democratic society. In lectures delivered at universities across the United States, Duffy speaks on rhetorical education and its relationship to civic and moral life.
Awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, he has published essays on the ethics of metaphor, the rhetorical and literacy practices of refugees to the United States, and on the relationship of rhetoric and autism. He is a co-editor of Literacy, Economy, and Power, which examines the state of literacy research in the twenty-first century, published in 2014 by Southern Illinois University Press, and the author of Writing from These Roots: Literacy in a Hmong-American Community, which examined the literacy development of Laotian Hmong refugees in the United States, and which won the 2009 Outstanding Book Award of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Written Communication and the Rhetoric Society Quarterly and teaches courses in writing, rhetoric, and literature. In 2008, Duffy was honored by Notre Dame with the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
The O’Malley Directorship was established by Phil R. (’39) and Janis North. The position honors Notre Dame’s legendary English professor and “bachelor don,” Frank O’Malley (’32, ’33 MA), who taught in the Department of English for more than 40 years and lived in a campus dormitory from 1928 until his death in 1974.