Associate Professor

Libby Miles is an Associate Professor of English. She joined the faculty at UVM in January 2015, after many years at the University of Rhode Island. There, she served as Department Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, Writing Center Director, and Assessment Coordinator. In 2010, she was honored with the URI Foundation's Excellence in Teaching Award, and she regularly gives professional development workshops with approaches to active learning. With Jose A. Amador and C.B. Peters, she has co-authored The Practice of Problem-Based Learning (2006), and her other scholarship has appeared in CCC, College English, JAC, WPA, Business Communication Quarterly, and several edited collections. Her various works have earned the CCCC Berlin and Braddock awards, as well as a "Best Article" in WPA award. She has served on executive committees for CCCC and CWPA, as well as a host of local, regional, and national committees. 



cover of The Practice of Problem-Based Learning: A Guide to Implementing PBL in the College Classroom by Libby Miles, Jose A. Amador, and C.B. PetersThe Practice of Problem-Based Learning: A Guide to Implementing PBL in the College Classroom. With José A. Amador and C.B. Peters. Anker Publishing, 2006.


Selected Book Chapters and Articles

“Adapting for Inclusivity: Scaffolding Information Literacy for Multilingual Students in a First-Year Writing Course.”Information Literacy and Writing Studies: FirstYear Composition. Ed. Grace Veach. Purdue Information Literacy Handbook Series. Under contract with Purdue University Press, forthcoming in 2018.
“Infusing Multilingual Writers: A Heuristic for Moving Forward.”Internationalizing U.S. Writing Programs. Eds. Shirley K Rose and Irwin Weiser. Under contract with Utah State University Press, forthcoming in February 2018.
“The Writing and Rhetoric
Major at the University of Rhode Island.”
Miles, Libby, Kim Hensley Owens, and Michael Pennell. The Writing Major: 19 Program Profiles. Eds. Greg Giberson, Jim Nugent, and Lori A. Ostergaard. Utah State University Press, 2015.
“Live from Boone Lake: Interdisciplinary Problem-Based Learning Meets Public Science Writing.”With Jose A. Amador. Journal of College Science Teaching 45.6 (July/Aug 2016). 36-42.
“’It Actually Made Me Think’: Problem-Based Learning in the Business Communications Classroom as a Rhetorical Pedagogy of Change.”With Michael Pennell. Business Communication Quarterly 72 (2009): 377-394.
“Thinking Vertically.”With Michael Pennell, Kim Hensley Owens, Jeremiah Dyehouse, Helen O’Grady, Nedra Reynolds, Robert Schwegler, and Linda Shamoon. College Composition and Communication 59 (2008): 503-511.


Awards and Recognition

URI Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010
Council of Writing Program Administrators, 2002 Award for Best Book, Coming of Age: The Advanced Writing Curriculum (Eds. Shamoon, Jamieson, Howard, and Schwegler). Chapter author.
Nominee, IWCA Best Article Award, “Exploring Multiple Intelligences in the Writing Center” 2002.
Council of Writing Program Administrators, Award for Best Article in WPA: Writing Program Administration “Constructing Composition: Reproduction and WPA Agency in Textbook Publishing,” 2001.
Conference on College Composition and Communication Richard Braddock Memorial Award for Best Article in CCC, “Institutional Critique: A Rhetorical Methodology for Change” (co-authored with James E. Porter, Patricia Sullivan, Jeffrey Grabill, and Stuart R. Blythe), 2001.
Conference on College Composition and Communication James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2000.
Grace L. Smart Award for the Best Graduate Paper on Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue University, “A Collision/Collusion of Feminization and Alienation: The Intersection of Composition Publishers and Practitioners” (co-winner), 1996.
Excellence in Teaching, Purdue University Business Writing Program, 1996.
Purdue Rhetoric and Composition Doctoral Examination: Passed with Distinction, 1995.
Pew Teaching Leadership Award, 1995.
HarperCollins Fellow, “Cultural Studies and Writing Apprehension,” 1994.
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, inducted in 1994.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Rhetoric and composition, writing program administration, inter-disciplinary writing, problem-based learning, writing assessment


  • Ph.D. Purdue University, 1999


Office Location:

Old Mill 309

Office Hours:

Spring 2022: By Appointment

Courses Taught

  • Rhetorical Invention
  • Practicum in Teaching
  • Written Expression