Joonna Trapp, PhD

Director, Writing Across Emory

Office: Callaway 3rd floor

Phone: (404) 727-6254



  • PhD, English, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, 2003
  • MA, English, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1990
  • BA, English, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, 1983


As a Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program at Emory and Director of Writing across Emory, Joonna Trapp develops and manages support for faculty in writing pedagogy across the college. She also assists with other areas of the Writing Program, such as First-Year Writing, the Fellows Program, scheduling, and curriculum development. She further serves on the Executive Committee for the Lecture Track Faculty Group, as well as the Curriculum Committee of the English Department where her faculty appointment lies.

Before coming to Emory, Trapp served as the Chair of Communication Studies at King University in Bristol, Tennessee, and as the Chair of English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania. She won the Award for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and was also nominated for the state Carnegie teaching award. Professionally, she co-edits a scholarly journal in the field of teaching and learning, is on the Board for the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, and is on a steering committee for the Conference on College Communication and Composition (CCCC).

Trapp sings with two quartets and two different choruses in the Atlanta area. As a teacher of young writers, she, herself, loves to write and has some small publications in creative non-fiction along with her scholarship. Hailing from West Texas, she loves a good yarn and can tell a few herself. Her primary interests are in the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as the connections between oratory and literature. Her guilty pleasure is the gothic—especially the vampire story.