Professor Lynn Worsham is a prominent scholar of rhetoric and feminist theory, as well as world literature by women. She earned her B.A. in English and Psychology from the University of Colorado, her M.A. in British and American Literature from the University of Texas at Arlington and her Ph.D. in Humanities, also from UT-Arlington. She has served as a member of the faculties of the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, the University of South Florida, Illinois State University, and Idaho State University.

Professor Worsham has published seven books, including The Politics of Possibility: Encountering the Radical Imagination and Race, Rhetoric, and the Postcolonial (both with Gary Olson), Feminism and Composition Studies: In Other Words (with Susan Jarratt), and The Kinneavy Papers: Theory and the Study of Discourse (with Gary Olson and Sidney Dobrin). Her most recent book, Education as Civic Engagement: Toward a More Democratic Society will be published in 2012 by Palgrave-Macmillan. She has published widely in such journals as College Composition and Communication; Rhetoric Society Quarterly; JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics; Pedagogy; Discourse; and PRE/TEXT: A Journal for Rhetorical Theory. Several of her works have been reprinted in important collections. Her “Writing Against Writing: The Predicament of Écriture Féminine in Composition Studies” appeared in Contending With Words: Composition and Rhetoric in a Postmodern Age (MLA) as well as in Feminism and Composition: A Critical Sourcebook (Bedford St. Martin's). Her scholarly interview with feminist theorist Judith Butler was reprinted in The Judith Butler Reader (Blackwell). And her widely influential and anthologized “Going Postal: Pedagogic Violence and the Schooling of Emotion” has been reprinted in The Norton Anthology of Composition.

Professor Worsham has played a major role in the production of scholarship in the discipline in her capacity as editor of the field’s premier journal of theoretical scholarship, JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics, a position she has held since 1999. In 2000, the Council of Editors of Learned Journals presented her with the Phoenix Award for “significant editorial achievement” for her work on JAC. A member of Phi Beta Kappa , she has received a number of awards for teaching and scholarship, including the President’s Award for Faculty Excellence at the University of South Florida, a university-wide, competitive award for excellence in scholarship and teaching which included a substantial permanent salary increase. She is the subject of a professional interview and the focus of the chapter, “Lynn Worsham,” in Women’s Ways of Making It in Rhetoric and Composition by Michelle Ballif, Diane Davis, and Roxanne Mountford. She is the subject of a professional interview and focus of the chapter, “Lynn Worsham: Counting Ribs and Other Measures of Story Truths” in Composing Feminisms: How Feminists Have Shaped Composition Theories and Practices, by Kay Siebler. And her research was highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education story, “Deconstructing Composition: The ‘New Theory Wars’ Break Out in an Unlikely Discipline.”