Dr. Coley is Assistant Professor in the Department of English. He specializes in Composition and Rhetoric and has conducted empirical (qualitative) research on the role of digital media in the writing classroom as well as archival, historical, and textual research in the areas of religion, composition, and composition history.

Author Archives: Dr. Toby Coley

Why Write?: Part 2

What God’s speaking of creation into being really means is not symbolic. It is the only non-symbolic language in existence. When God utters, pronounces, speaks—choose your word—the word and the thing are one; they are synonymous. By uttering the word, the thing is brought forth. Amazing! Thus, language is a function of the divine nature...
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Why Write?: Part 1

No one is born a good writer. No matter how many times you have heard (or said), “You’re naturally good at English,” or, “You’re not good at English,” it’s not true. Everyone can learn to be a good writer. It just doesn’t happen overnight or over years of primary and secondary education, or over two...
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Never Stop Learning

As a professor of English, I’m often asked what I’m reading outside of my teaching and research duties: i.e. what I read for pleasure. In my case, like others in the professorate that I know, we can have trouble answering this question to the satisfaction of our questioners because they might not believe us if...
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