Liberal Arts 133 | 32 Campus Drive | Missoula, MT | 406.243.5231

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Heather Bruce
–  Professor

Office: LA 118
Phone: (406) 243- 4680
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I have been teaching since 1975. My first assignment was as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher. I have taught at every level other than kindergarten and 3rd grade. I am certified K-12, endorsed in English, Biology, and Women's Studies. I have been involved in Writing Project-affiliated activities since 1981. I began at the University of Montana in 2000.

Current Position:

Professor; Director, Montana Writing Project

Field Of Study:

Composition, rhetoric and literacy studies: cultural foundations of education; peace studies; gender/feminist studies; critical race theory and anti-racist education; Indian Education for All

Research Interests:

I am working on formulating peacebuilding rhetorics following the work of Terry Tempest Williams.I am also working on a project that relates place-based, place-conscious education and implementationof Indian Education for All. Iadditionally am workingtoward building rhetorical exigencies that establishgroundsfor civil discourse in a participatory democracy.


I teach courses in theories andpedagogies ofrhetoric/composition, literacies, and literary criticism as well as undergraduate methods classes in English education. I direct the Montana Writing Project, an affiliate of theNational Writing Project, the premierorganization in the United States for professionaldevelopment in writing education. I have beena writing project teacher consultant and administrator since 1981.I oversee and am the instructional leader for numerous statewide professional development programs in the teaching of writingand implementation of "Indian Education for All" through writing.


I received aB.A. from Principia Collegein environmental studies and education/humanities track;an Ed. M. from Harvard Universityin readingand curriculum development; and the Ph.D. from the University of Utah in Composition, Rhetoricand LiteracyStudies:Cultural Foundations of Education. I am a 1981 fellow of the Utah Writing Project.

Selected Publications:

Sherman Alexie in the Classroom: "This is not a silent movie. Our voices will save our lives." with Anna Baldwin (Arlee High School) and Christabel Umphrey (the Montana Writing Project). The NCTE Literature in the High School Series. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2008.

"Peacebuilding in Indian Country: Indian Education for All."Reflections: Writing, Service-Learning and Community Literacy.Vol 8.1 (Fall 2008): 214-250.

"Feminist Pedagogy Is for Everybody: Troubling Gender in Reading and Writing." with Nancy McCracken, Shirley Brown, and Mary Bell-Nolan.English Journal. 97.3 (January 2008): 82-89. Awarded Edward M. Hollis Honorable Mention for best biennial article in English Journal by a non-classroom teacher.


National Writing Project

National Council of Teachers of English

Conference on College Composition and Communication

Rhetoricians for Peace

Professional Experience:

I taughtreading, writing, language arts and English for 13 years at every grade level except kindergarten and 3rd grade in public schools in Salt Lake City, UT. I worked for a time as a technical writer in medical, industrial, and science fields during graduate school. I was a "freeway flyer" teaching first-year composition at 5 colleges and universities along the I-15 corridor near Salt Lake City. I have done some freelance professional writing and consulting. I alsoworked for Delta Air Lines in reservations and as a security guard at the Christian Science Monitor while I was in graduate school(s).