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Justin McCoy


McCoy, instructor, teaches academic and public genres in first-year composition as well as book-club-themed sections of literature that promote empathy training and lifelong readership for both experienced and reluctant readers of fiction.

His pedagogy emphasizes rhetorical strategies that transcend the writing classroom, incorporating project team development and management as well as multimodal literacy. A mainstay in his composition curriculum is the Information Literacy Program, a research-scaffolding intervention designed in partnership with the Pace Library.

McCoy’s professional background includes working as a national proposal writer and content developer in the private sector for Global Medical Response. His experience managing the proposal development process and collaborating with diverse bid teams informs his workplace approach to writing instruction. He has also consulted for the National Writing Project, which offers professional development for teachers at all levels, and was associate editor and contributing writer for the Florida English Journal, a publication of the Florida Council of Teachers of English.

In addition to his teaching, McCoy is involved in several department activities linked to professional development and graduate teacher training: GTA orientation and mentorship, formal teaching observations for the GTA and TA Training Program, interpersonal relations for the Writing and Editing Internship Program, and the Composition Program’s annual pedagogy workshop series. Outside of his department service, he actively contributes to UWF’s custom edition composition textbook, presents at writing studies’ conferences, is an active member of a community book club, and is a sustaining member of Sunday’s Child, a non-profit organization that promotes LGBTQ inclusion.

Degrees & Institutions:

He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from UWF.