Peter Dusenbery

Associate Professor

Bradley Hall 375
(309) 677-2465

Ph.D., English, University of Washington
M.A., English, University of Washington
B.A., Lewis & Clark College


Grew up in eastern Washington and Oregon. Married, two children, two grandchildren.


Courses recently taught include Unified Composition and Western Civilization, Technical Writing, Research Writing, various topics in 19th Century American Literature,  19th Century Russian Literature, Fiction and Film, and Gothic Fiction and Film.  Following are some of the highlights of my work on course innovation and development over the years: 

  • Member, General Education Implementation Committee (1983-86) and University General         Education Committee (1997-1999).
  •  Study Abroad: Developed and taught the first travel writing course for January Interim in London (1997).  Subsequently, have taught the course frequently in London, and also during the summer in Malta and Austria. Also taught London-based course in British Literature in the summer of 1986.  
  • Developed and initially taught English 506 (Writing in the Professions).   
  • Member of team designing and initially teaching Western Civilization course.  
  • With Professor Philip Jones (History), developed and taught pilot version of Unified Composition and Western Civilization (CIV 111-112). I’ve taught these courses for over twenty years, in partnership with a total of six colleagues.
  • Developed and taught graduate course for Master of Liberal Studies program (MLS 624 North American Frontier in Literature).
  • Participated in nine national or regional conferences on pedagogy and course development.



  • Director, “Reinterpretations of American Literature.” Summer Institutes for high school teachers. Funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities. 1983-1984, $45,336; 1984-1986, $145,945.
  • Assistant Director, “Integration of Freshman Composition and Western Civilization.”  Seminar for Bradley faculty funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities (1990-1992).


  • Textbook reviewing for Mayfield Publishing; McMillan;  Prentice Hall; WW. Norton;  Holt-Rinehart and Winston; Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich.
  • Editor,  Lakeview Museum grant applications.
  • Technical/Business Writing workshops: Peoria Public Schools; East Peoria Dept. of English;  Clark Engineers MW, Inc;  BU Departments of Manufacturing, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering;  RLI Corporation; Lakeview Museum; USDA Northern Regional Research Center (with Tim Conley); Caterpillar, Inc (Pontiac plant).


  • Eight essays and reviews in local/regional venues. 
  • Nine poems in local/regional venues.
  • Three conference papers: one state, one regional, one national. 
  • Approximately thirty lectures or presentations to local and regional groups on a variety of literary, historical, and writing topics.


  • Chair, Department of English, 1999-2008. 
  • Co-Site Director, Peoria site of the Illinois State Writing Project (National Writing Project). Summers of  2009, 2010, and 2011. 
  • Chair, ad hoc committee on CLAS Tenure & Promotion Guidelines  (2002-2004).
  • Faculty Ombudsman, 1994-1996.
  • Coordinator of Composition, Dept. of English (1980-82, 1987-1991, 2008-present).
  • Senator, University Senate (2008-2010).
  • Member, Dept. of English ENG-T advising committee, 2006-present. 
  • Judge, regional Illinois State History Fair (Bradley Campus, 2003-2006).
  • Faculty Adviser, Off-Campus Student Coalition. 2000-2002.