Sara B. Chaney

|Senior Lecturer
Academic Appointments
  • Senior Lecturer in Writing

  • Associate Coordinator of MMUF

Sara Biggs Chaney has taught writing courses for the Institute since 2005. As a teacher, she views writing as a process of inquiry that should engage students on all levels. In her first-year writing courses, she encourages students to formulate challenging questions and to pursue answers through reading, research, and writing. She hopes students will leave her courses with a fuller understanding of their own writing process and a deeper appreciation for the role that writing will play in their college experience and beyond. In her upper-level courses, she wants her students to expand their writing abilities and foster greater rhetorical flexibility. She provides students with a theoretically-informed framework within which they will learn to write effectively and reflect deeply on their writing practices. Sara has a sustained interest in experiential learning, and regularly seeks opportunities for students to bridge the gap between conceptual and procedural knowledge.


37 Dewey Fld Rd, Room 230
HB 6250


  • B.A. Barnard College
  • M.A. Indiana University
  • Ph.D. Indiana University

Selected Publications

  • "Rankings and Ravings in the Academic Public." Rhetoric Review, April 2011

  • "Beyond Critical Pedagogy in Basic Writing." Review Essay, Enculturation, June 2010.

  • "Study of Teacher Error: Misreading Resistance in the Basic Writing Classroom." Journal of Basic Writing 23 (Spring 2004): 25-38.