Joseph P. Fisher

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Assistant Director of Strategic Skills Services
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In his role as Assistant Director, Joe oversees the Academic Skills Assistance that the Strategic Skills Team provides to the DSS student population.  In addition, Joe meets directly with students, assisting them primarily with writing assignments, paying particular attention to the writing process (prewriting, drafting, research, and revision).  Joe is also available to help students develop effective time management and study strategies, as well as various techniques for adjusting to, and managing, college life.  

Outside of his direct student support roles, Joe collaborates with members of GW's English department and University Writing Program to plan the biennial symposium Composing Disability.  He also serves as the primary point of contact for the DSS Speakers Bureau.

Beyond his duties at DSS, Joe has maintained an active publication record. Most recently, he served as a co-editor of a special symposium edition of The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, which took as its focus the theme of the 2014 installation of the Composing Disability conference.  He is also the lead editor of the essay collection The Politics of Post-9/11 Music: Sound, Trauma, and the Music Industry in the Time of Terror (Ashgate 2011), and he has written for the website PopMatters and the online journal Hybrid Pedagogy, as well as other publications.  Additionally, Joe has taught composition, American literature, and critical theory in GW's English department and at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College.  Currently, Joe teaches composition and cyberethics in GW's College of Professional Studies.

A lifelong competitive runner, Joe is a Road Runners Club of America certified coach.  He has also recently begun working with Washington, DC's Wilson Komen to develop a competitive running club.  You can follow this project on the Kiprunning Sports Club blog, which Joe edits.  Finally, much to the chagrin of his neighbors, Joe is also an amateur drummer.


Joe holds a Ph.D. in English, with a specialization in Disability Studies, from The George Washington University.  He received his MA in English from The Catholic University of America and his BA in English, with a secondary teaching certification, from Saint Anselm College.



-The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (symposium edition titled “Composing Disability”), co-edited with Wade Fletcher and Abby Wilkerson, 13.4 (Springer 2016).

-The Politics of Post-9/11 Music: Sound, Trauma, and the Music Industry in the Time of Terror, co-edited with Brian Flota (Ashgate 2011)

Selected Articles and Encyclopedia Entries

-"Epilogue: Unhappy Beginnings," included in Succeeding Outside the Academy: Career Paths beyond the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM (University Press of Kansas 2018)

-“Queer Time, Queer Space, and Queer Edge in Lynn Breedlove’s Godspeed,” included in Write in Tune: Contemporary Music in Fiction (Bloomsbury 2014) 

-“A Soliloquy on Contingency,” Hybrid Pedagogy (April 15, 2014)

-“The Drugs Aint a ‘G’ Thang, Baby, or Kicking The Chronic Straight Outta Compton,” included in Resounding Pasts: Essays in Literature, Popular Music, and Cultural Memory (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2011)

-“Addiction” and “Popular Culture"—Entries in Encyclopedia of American Disability History (Facts on File 2009)

Board Appointments

Professional-Issues Delegate, Modern Language Association Delegate Assembly, January 2018-January 2021

Immediate Past President, Capital Area Affiliate of The Association on Higher Education and Disability (C-AHEAD), July 2018-Present


2018 Recipient, The George Washington University's College of Professional Studies Faculty Excellence Award

Classes Taught

The College of Professional Studies, The George Washington University, August 2011-Present

  • Writing, Communication, and Media Relations I 
  • Writing, Communication, and Media Relations II
  • Ethics in Science and Technology Policy

Northern Virginia Community College-Alexandria, January 2003-August 2013

  • Survey of American Literature II, 1865 to the Present 
  • Survey of American Literature I, Colonial Era to 1865
  • College Composition II (emphasis on argumentation and research) 
  • College Composition I (survey of various modes of academic writing, including research-based writing) 
  • College Composition I/Individualized Instruction in Writing (introduction to collegiate writing coupled with individualized drafting and revision instruction in a writing lab) 
  • Technical Report Writing (composition class designed for automotive majors)

English Department, The George Washington University, August 2004-May 2011

  • Introduction to Critical Theory 
  • Introduction to American Literature: 1865-Present 
  • Introduction to American Literature: Early American Writing to 1865
  • Composition Language & Arts & Science: 
    • -Stand by Them: Alienation and Identification in Young Adult Literature 
    • -Were They Goodfellas?: Bohemianism, Voyeurism, and Performativity in Gangster Media 
    • -Banned in the USA: Ideology, Banned Books, and American Education