Michael Sutcliffe

Composition and Technical/Professional Writing Instructor
Phone: (360) 546-9640
Located in Multimedia (VMMC) 202
Support Staff: Annette Bradstreet

I am continuously seeking ways to honor our community’s investment in a democratic, public sphere. Education, and especially writing, allows for improved public participation in important conversations about community problems like food and housing insecurity, environmental pollution, and unsustainable policies of policing and incarceration. My courses are designed to help students identify, understand, and join unfamiliar discourse communities whether at work, at school, or in public venues.

My research and service work are an ongoing attempt to teach the voting public ways to respond to social problems by building rather than breaking. Bringing together rhetoric, criminology, and gender theory, I am interested in (interrupting) situations where languages and literacies (re)produce power and privileges that are reserved for specific demographics, usually heterosexual white men. Specifically, I am researching ways that community literacy and prison/jail educational programs can inform public conversations about alternatives to incarceration.



Course ID Title Meeting Time Location Semester Syllabus
English 402 Professional and Technical Communications
English 101 Introduction to College Writing
English 202 Grammar in Context


  • PhD, Washington State University
  • MA, Sacramento State University
  • BA, Sacramento State University
  • AA, Las Positas College