Jessica Pisano

Lecturer of English

Contact Information

  • 828-251-6601
  • 203 Karpen Hall

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Note: And by appointment.

I was born in Jacksonville, Florida, but by the time I finished high school, I had already lived at fifteen different addresses in five different states. I began my academic career as a voice major at a small women's college in Georgia, but after a single semester realized that UNCA was much more my style. I transferred, changed my major to Literature, and worked to attain a teaching certificate in secondary education as well. After graduating, I taught middle school and high school in the Buncombe County schools for ten years and earned a MA in English from Western Carolina University. Before my two children started school, I worked at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, teaching expository writing and tutoring in the writing center. Here at UNCA I serve as the Writing Program Coordinator and teach LANG 120, striving to create a classroom environment that fosters community and honors student expression and choice. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my children, catching up with family and friends, reading, writing, running, hiking, performing in local theater productions, and cooking and eating good food.


  • B.A. in Literature and Secondary Education Certification, University of North Carolina Asheville, 1998
  • M.A. in English, Western Carolina University, 2004

Recent Publications, Presentations, and Awards

  • Award. “Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities.” UNCA. May 2019.
  • Award. “Community Connector Award.” UNCA. April 2018.
  • Fellowship. With A. Wray. “Academic Writing and Critical Inquiry: Food Culture, Food Security, Food Activisms.” Key Center Faculty Fellows Program. UNCA. 2014- 2016.
  • With P. Bahls. “Equity in Honors: An Academic Oxymoron?” Challenges and Promises in the Future of Honors Education. August 2016.
  • “Transition and Identity in WPA Work.” Featured speaker, Carolinas Writing Program Administrators Meeting in the Middle, February 2017.
  • With A. Wray, “Framing the Mess: Critical Thinking Instead of Control.” Conference on Community Writing, October 2015.
  • With P. Bahls and D. James, “Transitioning Identities in WPA Work.” Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference, July 2016.
  • With P. Bahls and B. Graves, “Collaborating for Transfer in FYW.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2017.
  • With P. Bahls. “Uncovering local ecologies: Writing to explore in linked first-year courses.” Conference on Community Writing, Oct 2017.
  • With B. Graves and R. Snead. “In Search of Common Ground: Fostering Transfer through Student and Faculty Conversation and Reflection Across Disciplines.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Mar 2018.