Faculty / College of Liberal Arts

Richard N. Matzen, Jr.

Full Professor

Richard N. Matzen Jr. has worked as a poet and a writer since 1985 and has taught writing since 1992. He has published academic articles and chapters, and poetry books; and has made presentations at national English conferences.

Previous to starting at Woodbury in 2005, he taught at Northern Arizona University, American Language Institute, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh Johnstown, and Utah Valley State College.  At Woodbury, with the help of full- and part-time faculty, he founded the Writing Center, the Writing Consultant Program, and the Writing Department.

Professional highlights include that, in 2007, he co-edited the book, Reformation: The Teaching and Learning of English in Electronic Environments. In 2013, he founded the Critical Transitions Consortium, whose members were part- and full-time English professors from California State University Northridge, College of the Canyons, Glendale Community College, Pasadena City College, and Woodbury University. As principal organizer for the Consortium, he directed its three successful annual conference (2014, 2015, 2016). In 2017, he stepped down as Writing Department Chair, reduced his administrative responsibilities, and re-invigorated his teaching and research, achieving the rank of full professor in 2015.

Currently, he works with other Professional Writing faculty to continue to develop the Professional Writing undergraduate degree. Degree courses were first offered in the fall of 2016,and the degree prepares students to be professional writers by practicing and perfecting collaborative, freelance, technical, and web-based writing.

In 2019, Dr. Matzen, as the lead co-editor, will publish the book, Weathering the Storm: Independent Writing Programs in the Age of Fiscal Austerity (Utah State University Press). Currently, he is submitting his novel, Mona Lisa, to book publishers among continuing work on other publications and curricular developments. In 2017, his poetry book Going was published (Finishing Line Press).



Doctor of Philosophy - Indiana University of Pennsylvania, December 2001
Master of Arts - Northern Arizona University, December 1993
Bachelor of Science - Northern Arizona University, May 1981