Rhetoric and Composition
Department Chair:
Laurie McMillin

Administrative Assistant:
Linda Pardee

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8907
Fax: (440) 775-8619

King Building 139
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Nancy Boutilier

Nancy Boutilier

Visiting Assistant Professor, Rhetoric & Composition

Contact Information


King 139C
(440) 775-8577

Nancy Boutilier

Nancy Boutilier

Nancy Boutilier

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Harvard-Radcliffe College, 1984
  • Master of Arts, Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, 1990
  • Masters of Fine Arts, Rainier Writing Workshop, Pacific Lutheran College, 2012

Nancy Boutilier brings experience as a poet, reporter, columnist, and athletic coach to the Rhetoric & Composition Department. She has been teaching composition at the College since 2005, and has also taught Journalism Basics and the First-Year Seminar “The Literature of War, Resistance, and Reconciliation” over the years. This spring she will teach Creative Writing 247, “Performance, Collaboration and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Poetry.”

Boutilier’s two poetry collections, According To Her Contours (1992) and On the Eighth Day Adam Slept Alone (2000), were both finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Poetry. Her writings about sports, politics, literature and culture have appeared in a variety of publications, and she was a columnist for San Francisco's Bay Area Reporter for a number of years.

Boutilier has played and coached both basketball and lacrosse, but these days her playing is limited to the electric bass in the indie rock band Backbone.