Francis J. Sullivan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Teaching & Learning

Ritter Hall 434
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
phone: (215) 204-6157

  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Language in Education
  • Ed.M. Temple University, Secondary Education
  • B.A. LaSalle College, English
Areas of Professional Interest
  • Literacy as a Social Practice
  • Academic Literacy in Multicultural Societies
  • Writing Assessment
  • Literacy and Technology
Recent Scholarship


Sullivan, Francis J. On personalized learning in the context of Common Core literacy standards: a sociocultural perspective. In M. Murphy, S. Redding and J. S. Twyman, Handbook of Personalized Learning for States, Districts, and Schools. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press, 2016, pp. 263-272.

Sullivan, Francis J. The pragmatic demands of placement testing. In L. Arena (ed.), Language proficiency: defining, teaching, and testing. New York: Plenum Press, 1990, pp. 153-162.


Sullivan, Francis J. Style, ideology, and double-consciousness: teaching writing to `Other People's Children' (review essay). Journal of Teaching Writing, 14.1 &2, 1995, pp. 151-172.

Sullivan, Francis J. Critical theory and systemic linguistics: textualizing the `Contact Zone.' JAC.- A Journal of Composition Theory, 15.3, October, 1995, pp. 411-434.

Sullivan, Francis J. and Baren, R. Simulating the workplace in an engineering technology course: a rhetorical model. Journal of Engineering Education, July, 1997, pp. 279-284.

Sullivan, Francis J. Calling writers' bluffs: the social production of writing ability in university placement testing. Assessing Writing,4.l, 1997, pp. 53-81.

Sullivan, Francis J. Dysfunctional workers, functional texts: the transformation of work in institutional procedure manuals. Written Communication, 14.3, July 1997, pp. 313-359.

Sullivan, Francis J. (First Author); Lyon, Arabella; Lebofsky, Dennis; Goldblatt, Eli; and Wells, Susan. Student needs and strong composition: the dialectics of writing program reform. College Composition and Communication, 38.3, October, 1997, pp. 44-63.