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Debra Courtright-Nash, PhD

Debra Courtright-Nash, PhD

English Education Coordinator; Crossroads Writing Project Director
English, Literature, and World Languages
Phone: (231) 591-2532
Email: [email protected]


  • PhD, Michigan State University, Critical Studies in English Education, Rhetoric, Literary Theory
  • MA, Ohio University, Teaching of Composition, Literary History
  • BA, Georgetown College, English, minors in psychology, philosophy


Debra Courtright-Nash is excited to be a part of the Department of English, Literature, and World Languages' efforts to prepare majors and minors for their careers and to equip non-majors for writing in their careers. Before joining ELWL at Ferris State University, she taught writing, literature and English as a Second Language at Feng Chia University in Taiwan, Cornerstone College, Bethel College, and University of Cincinnati's Clermont College.

She served as advisor for Shakespeare Fest from 2012–2014.

Publications and Intellectual Contributions

  • Journal Article
    Singleterry, L., Kalkman, B., Courtright-Nash, D., Chrenka, L. (2016). "Nursing Faculty Development: Building a Common Grading Rubric to Evaluate Writing," Nurse Educator. 41 (5). pp. 222-224.


  • Paper
    Marquard, D. (Presenter), Courtright-Nash, D. (Presenter), Sammel, R. (Presenter), Webb, T. (Presenter), Michigan College English Association Conference, "Revising and Rethinking the English Major: A Roundtable Presentation," Ypsilanti, MI, (2017).
  • Panel
    Courtright-Nash, D., Marquard, D. (Presenter), Sammel, R. (Presenter), Webb, T. (Presenter), Authority and Agency in Divisive Times, “Reframing and Revising the English Major: A Proposed Response to Stagnant and Declining Enrollment Numbers in English Programs.” Michigan College English Association, Ypsilanti, MI, (October 27, 2017).
  • Oral Presentation
    Sammel, R. (Presenter), Courtright-Nash, D. (Presenter), Webb, T. (Presenter), Marquard, D. (Presenter), Panel, “Revising the Program Core,” Eastern Michigan University, (October 27, 2017).
  • lecture and workshop
    Courtright-Nash, D., Zimmer, M. E., New Faculty Transition Program at FSU, "Using writing as a teaching tool," Ferris State University, (November 17, 2016).
  • Panel
    Singleterry, L. (Presenter), Courtright-Nash, D. (Presenter), Chrenka, L. (Presenter), International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, "Collaborative Model to Improve Writing in Nursing (and Other Disciplines)," International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, (June 23, 2016).
  • Presentation
    Courtright-Nash, D., The 4th Annual Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Academy: Collaborative Engagement Grand Valley State University, "Collaboration Within and Between Colleges in the University to Motivate Student Learning," (2012).
  • Presentation
    Courtright-Nash, D., 237th ACS National Meeting, "Learner-Center Teaching Using Online Resources and Tools," (2009).
  • Presentation
    Courtright-Nash, D., Ninth Biennial 2008 International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, "Advanced Composition for Pharmacy Students as an Inquiry into Communities of Practice," (2008).
  • Presentation
    Courtright-Nash, D., 20th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education Indiana University, "Writing Across the Curriculum and Science Learning," (2008).
  • Presentation
    Courtright-Nash, D., 19th annual Teaching Academic Survival Skills (TASS) Conference, "Something Old, Something New: Games and Clickers in Writing Classrooms," (2007).