Contact Information


Office: GH-446

Voice: 657-278-7039

Dept: 657-278-3163

Stephen Westbrook

Associate Professor / Writing Programs Coordinator / Adviser, Creative Writing Club / Professional Certificate Program in Writing & Teaching


I earned my Ph.D in English from the University at Albany, State University of New York in 2003. After working as an assistant professor at the University of La Verne for two years, I came to Cal State Fullerton, where I am delighted to be part of a vibrant and diverse community.


2003, Ph.D., University at Albany, State University of New York

1995, B.A., Bennington College

Research Areas

My scholarship investigates the perceived differences between rhetorical and poetic modes of production, largely in new media compositions. I am particularly concerned with the ways in which copyright law affects writers’ decisions to appropriate and distribute textual material. My writings on this subject have appeared in a range of journals, most recently College English and Computers and Composition. In 2009, I published an edited book collection, Composition and Copyright: Perspectives on Teaching, Text-Making, and Fair Use, which is available hereOpens in new window   from SUNY-Press. A book chapter I wrote recently for Copy(write): Intellectual Property in the Writing Classroom can be accessed freely herePDF File Opens in new window .

Courses Regularly Taught

I tend to teach a broad range of classes concerned with writing, pedagogy, and cultural studies. I offer the following classes on a fairly regular basis:

Eng 307: Advanced College Writing for English Majors

Eng 341: Children’s Literature

Eng 402: Theories of Response in Composition

Eng 402S: Writing Center Tutor Supervision

Eng 404T: Advanced Creative Writing

Eng 500: Introduction to Graduate Studies in English

Eng 509T: Creative Writing Workshop

Eng 515: Professional Editing and Journal Production

Eng 575T: Teaching in English Studies


In addition to studying copyright law’s influence on writers, I also write poetry and creative nonfiction. Samples of my poetry can be accessed through the following links:

“Guide to Old Oraibi” (in ClementineOpens in new window )

 “Cumberland Gap” (in RattleOpens in new window

Office Hours

Spring 2024

MW 9:30am - 11:00am (online)