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David Jolliffe

David Jolliffe is Professor Emeritus of Enlgish at the University of Arkansas, where he was the initial occupant of the Brown Chair in English Literacy. Jolliffe began his involvement with the Advanced Placement program in 1992, serving as a reader for the English Language and Composition Examination. After serving as a table leader and question leader, he became chief reader for AP English Language and Composition, serving a full term in that capacity in 2003 through 2007 and filling out the term of the late Gary Hatch, who had succeeded him as chief reader, in 2010 and 2011. He was a member of the AP English Test Development Committee from 1999 through 2003. Jolliffe is an active consultant and workshop-presenter for the College Board. A native of West Virginia, Jolliffe began his career as an educator at Triadelphia High School in Wheeling, WV, and then at Wheeling Park High School, where he taught both English and theatre. Jolliffe has also taught at Bethany College (his undergraduate alma mater), West Virginia University (where he earned his M.A.), the University of Texas (where he received his Ph.D.), the University of Illinois at Chicago, and DePaul University. He moved to University of Arkansas in 2005 to inaugurate the work of the Brown Chair, whose mission is to promote a stronger emphasis on reading and writing for Arkansans in all walks of life. Jolliffe is the author or editor of 15 books and more than 40 articles on the history and theory of rhetoric, the teaching of writing, and the preparation of writing teachers, the most recent of which is his text, co-authored with Bernard Phelan and Hephzibah Roskelly, Teaching and Learning in English Language and Composition: Advanced Placement and Beyond, available at

2023 English Language and Composition Agenda

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