Jamie Johnston


Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Program Director, Writing Studies

PhD University of Western Ontario (2008)
MA Queen’s University  (2000)
BA (Hons.)  University of Western Ontario (1999)

University College 2429
519-661-2111 ext. 85869

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Research Interests/Specializations

Professional and healthcare writing; engineering communication; rhetorical theory; argumentation; grammar

I have taught a wide variety of courses on both the English and Writing side of things, with my focus being on early modern literature—dramatic and (perhaps especially) otherwise—as well as on professional and healthcare communication, contemporary rhetorical theory and argumentation, and grammar. Current (and disparate) areas of research interest include Engineering communication, sixteenth century health narratives and martyrological literature, as well as exploring the connection between the teaching of writing and rhetoric and the development of confessional identity in early modern England.

My most recent project (co-authored with Dr. Michael Arntfield) is the narrative medicine focused textbook Healthcare Writing: A Practical Guide to Professional Success (Broadview, 2016).


Writing 1030: Writing for Professional Success in Nursing; Writing 2125: Exposition and Visual Rhetoric; Writing 2202: Rhetorical Strategy in a Visual Age; Speech 2001: Major Forms of Oral Discourse