David Gillespie

David Gillespie
David GillespieAdjunct Professor

Contact Information

(401) 751-3433dgillespie@rwu.edu


B.A, M.A.

Dave has worked at RWU since the early 1990’s, teaching all levels of writing
courses, including day, night, and online, as well as being a Faculty Tutor at the Writing
Center for more than twenty years. In class, he believes in active learning, using a
variety of collaborative activities that require students to learn by doing and by teaching
each other. He also stresses examples, supplying his own models to each writing
assignment, because he wants to show students clear and specific essays, letters, and
reports, as well as to highlight that writing is important to him.

His most recent publications are a peer-reviewed article, “Grammar Jam: A
Creative Editing Tactic,” in the Prompt (2018); a chapter (“Generating Ideas with
Visuals”) in the WTNG 225 textbook (2022); and his “Matthew Diggerson Mystery”
series (published through the Cozy Cat Press): Rules to Die By (2016), Planning to Die
(2017), Marked for Murder (2018), The Dart of Persuasion (2019), Ominous Outcomes
(2020), and Beginnings and Endings (2022). The series involves a composition teacher
forced to turn sleuth due to murders at a New England college campus that the RWU
community might almost recognize. In 2023, CCP published a seventh book in the
series, Read to Me, which involves not only Digger, but his own fictional character, Billy
D Wilder.