Jonathan hunt

Jonathan Hunt

Associate Professor, Composition Director

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6685 Kalmanovitz Hall 222D


Jonathan Hunt teaches public speaking and composition courses in the Department of Rhetoric and Language at USF. He also teaches courses focused on the first-year experience, such as a first-year seminar and USF 101: Expedition USF. His courses are activity-based and student-centered, focused on fostering students’ intellectual curiosity and rhetorical agency. Of particular interest to Professor Hunt are questions of credibility and authenticity in communication.

He is co-director of USF’s Center for Teaching Excellence, which supports USF’s strong commitment to fostering exceptional teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Prof. Hunt has been at USF since 2012, and has served as co-director of the Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence since 2016. Prior to coming to USF, he taught at Santa Clara University, where he also served as associate editor of the flagship NCTE journal College English, and at Stanford University, where he served as associate director the Program in Writing and Rhetoric from 2010 to 2012.

A current research project focuses on attitudes and practices in the observation of teaching. Prof. Hunt gave presentations on this research project at the Dartmouth Summer Seminar for Composition Research and at the Council of Writing Program Administrators at Illinois State University.

Co-Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)
Chair, Department of Rhetoric and Language Multilingual Student Committee
University Academic Integrity Committee
University Assessment Committee
University Learning Spaces Redesign Subcommittee
Rhetoric and Language Curriculum Committee
PhD in World Literature and Cultural Studies, UC Santa Cruz
BA in English, Dartmouth College
Associate Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University
Writing Studies
Faculty Development
Selected Publications

Hunt, J. (2015). “Communists in the Classroom: Radicals in U.S. Education,1930-1960.” Composition Studies, 43(2), 22-42.

Hunt, J. (2012). "From Cacemphaton to Cher: Foul Language and Evidence in the Rhetorical Tradition." Relevant Rhetoric, 3.

Hunt, J. (2009). “Reading and Writing about a Bicycle.” In The World Is a Text, Third Edition. Upsaddle River, New Jersey: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 93-98.

Hunt, J. (2004). “Naturalism.” In The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.