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Debra Courtright-Nash, PhD

Debra Courtright-Nash, PhD

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.


  • Oral Presentation
    Fagan, D. (Author & Presenter), Courtright-Nash, D. (Author & Presenter), Michigan College English Association Conference, "A Poetic Dialogue on Grief, Survival, and Hope,” Michigan College English Association, Virtual, (September 14, 2023).
  • Oral Presentation
    Cavner Williams, L., Conley, K., Courtright-Nash, D., LaGrand, J., Pavletic, H., Weller, K., Zimmer, M. E., Teaching Academic Survival Skills Conference, "Expanding student and program success through faculty discourse analysis," Fort Lauderdale, FL, (March 21, 2023).
  • Oral Presentation
    Conley, K. (Author & Presenter), Courtright-Nash, D. (Author & Presenter), NASPA-Student Success in Higher Education, "Expanding Student and Program Success through Faculty Discourse Analysis," NASPA, Baltimore, Maryland, (June 2022).
  • 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).