B.A., M.A. Western Illinois University
Ph.D. Syracuse University
Dr. Bender teaches WTNG 200: Critical Writing for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Core 104: Literature, Philosophy, and the Ascent of Ideas. He also teaches a Core Senior Seminar: Stories of the Apocalypse, WTNG 210: Critical Writing for the Professions, WTNG 102: Expository Writing, WTNG 320: Writing for Business Organizations, SUST 101: Introduction to Sustainability, and WTNG: 303 Environmental Rhetoric.
He is serving as the 200 Level Coordinator for the University Writing 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.
He is a member of the Sustainability Curriculum Committee, the General Education Committee, and a number of department subcommittees.
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, and environmental rhetoric.