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Interests include eighteenth-century literature (especially Samuel Johnson), rhetoric and composition (especially pedagogy), and science fiction (especially nanotechnology and ethics).

Steve Lynn is a Louise Fry Scudder Professor in the English Department.  Since joining the University of South Carolina faculty in 1982, he has accumulated over twenty years of administrative experience, including chairing the English Department from 2001 to 2007 and serving as senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.

He has also served on the Academic Planning Council of the College of Arts and Sciences, the University Grievance Committee, the Faculty Senate, the Dean of the Graduate School Search Committee, the Regional Campus Dean Assessment Committee (chair), the Greiner Scholarship Fund (chair), and the Scudder Awards Committee (chair).  His recent national activities include serving on a SACS Re-Accreditation Committee, hosting the National Association of Departments of English meeting, and leading (with Paula Krebs) an ADE-sponsored day-long training workshop for new department chairs.

Lynn’s teaching and publishing interests include eighteenth-century literature (especially Samuel Johnson), rhetoric and composition (especially pedagogy), and science fiction (especially nanotechnology and ethics).  His books include Samuel Johnson After Deconstruction, A Short Guide to Writing; Literature: An Introduction, and Texts and Contexts (6 editions); and The Cambridge Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition.  He has served two terms as a contributing editor for the eighteenth-century section of The Year's Work in English Studies, published by Oxford University Press.  And, he has published essays in College English, Eighteenth-Century Studies, The Age of Johnson, The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson, Fresh Reflections on Samuel Johnson, and Twentieth-Century American Critics, among others.