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Dr. Eric Sentell, Ph.D.

Instructor and General Education Coordinator
Office: Grauel 224 

Curriculum Vitae
My primary goal is helping students become more self-reflective critical thinkers.

What area do you teach?

Composition, Technical Writing, and Mythology


Ph.D. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies (2015)
M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric (2009)
B.A. in Creative Writing (2007)

Your philosophy of teaching:

My primary goal is helping students become more self-reflective critical thinkers. Self-reflection and analysis are the keys to improving any activity, especially writing. Focusing on these skills makes my teaching relevant to every person regardless of major or career.

To achieve this goal, I strive to facilitate student-led discussions (whether face-to-face or online) in which students contemplate and back up their ideas as well as engage with other perspectives. When giving feedback on papers, I try to engage with my students' ideas, develop their critical thinking, and improve their writing processes.

If my students give an honest effort, then they will get a great deal out of my class. I provide the instruction necessary for improving their writing abilities from wherever they're starting, but it's up to them to fully engage with the material, their writing processes, and their self-reflection.

Why did you decide to teach?

I became a Teaching Assistant to facilitate obtaining my masters degree, and I quickly fell in love with engaging complex ideas with my students and helping them develop their critical thinking and writing abilities.

Credentials/career path

I began my teaching career as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Missouri State University from 2007-2009. Upon graduating with my masters in Composition and Rhetoric, I taught as an adjunct in the University of Maryland system before becoming a Writing Center Director for Northern Virginia Community College. I started teaching at Southeast Missouri State University in 2012 and completed my PhD from Old Dominion University in 2015.

Professional Highlight

Whenever students say in their evaluations that my class helped them like writing more!


Nominated for Alumni Federation Faculty of the Year Award, Northern Virginia Community College, 2012
Story of the Month, Long Story Short, Sept. 2010

Organization with which you are involved

Master Advising, Southeast Missouri State University

Most Recent/Notable Published Work

The Art of Polarizing Ethos: An Analysis of Donald Trump’s Campaign Rhetoric, Relevant Rhetoric, Spring 2017
Making Memories: Writing and Designing More Memorable Documents, Technical Communication, May 2016
Rally Cap, Hobart Pulp, 2018

Best advice for students

Try to value and engage with your assignments even when they don't seem directly applicable to your major, career, or interests. Remember that you're practicing skills for future academic, professional, and personal work.

Additional Research Links

Making Memories: Writing and Designing More Memorable Documents
Rally Cap


Grauel 236
Department of English
One University Plaza, MS 2650
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701