B.A., M.A. Western Illinois University
Ph.D. Syracuse University
Dr. Bender frequently teaches WTNG 320: Writing for Business Organizations, WTNG 303: Environmental Rhetoric and Core 104: Literature, Philosophy, and the Examined Life. He has taught a Core Senior Seminar: Stories of the Apocalypse, WTNG 220: Critical Writing for the Professions, WTNG 102: Expository Writing, WTNG 305: Writing the City (in Limerick, Ireland) and SUST 101: Introduction to Sustainability.
He is serving as the 200 Level Coordinator for the University Writing Program, chairing the general education committee, and co-leading a faculty learning community focused on building a writing enriched curriculum. He formerly served as the assistant director of the University Honors Program.
He has presented papers at National Collegiate Honors Council, Popular Culture Association, Writing Across the Curriculum, Conference of College Composition and Communication, Computers and Writing, and Writing Program Administrators.
His recent research interests include: the rhetoric of popular culture and post-apocalyptic rhetoric. He has presented on Breaking Bad, Deadwood, LOST, Battlestar Galactica, and Earth Abides. His environmental interests include Transition Movements, the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, fossil fuel divestment and environmental rhetorics and the ethics of climate change.