Gregory Butler




Contact Info

LA 5347


M.Ed., Teaching English, Towson University, 2010

BA, English (writing concentration) and History (Asian and African concentration), Towson University, 2003

AA, English and History, Harford Community College, 1999

Areas of Expertise

Formal academic writing

First-year composition


Racism and ethnicity studies

Women’s and gender studies

LGBTQIA+ and sexuality studies

Diversity, equity and inclusion studies


I started my academic teaching career in 2005, starting out at a public high school in Baltimore City. While there, I learned the unique needs of urban students in America’s public school systems. I traveled to other schools around the country, in New York City, New York and Oakland, California as well as multiple school districts within Maryland, to observe their methods of teaching reading and literacy to their student populations. It was in these formative years in my early career, I decided to begin a career change into an English professor.

I have taught at three Maryland colleges since 2010. My primary focus has been in teaching first-year composition courses, along with research writing and writing about literature. I have designed original curriculum for first-year composition, LGBT literature and LGBT studies courses. My courses all follow a diversity and social justice theme that correlates directly to my professional practice and continuing research.

I am the lead author on a first-year composition textbook, Elements of Composition: Research, Rhetoric, and Writing. In addition to professional writing, I have also written well over one hundred poems, and I am ever looking for an excuse to sit and to do nothing but write.


Butler, Gregory M and Michelle L Conklin-Kusel. Elements of Composition: Research, Rhetoric, and Writing. Kendall Hunt, 2022.

Research Areas:

  • First-Year Composition
  • Racism in America and the World
  • LGBTQIA+ Equality
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion



  • ENGL 102: Writing for a Liberal Education
  • TSEM 102: Diversity Dialogues for Social Justice
  • LGBT 101: Introduction to LGBT Studies