Faculty Profile

Ted Armstrong

Director, University Writing Center



Professor Armstrong began teaching at Valparaiso University in 2009 while also working for a not-for-profit based in the United Kingdom.  After leaving teaching two years earlier, he was very happy to return to the classroom and is now the Director of the University Writing Center.

Professor Armstrong believes the commitment of the faculty and staff, the quality of students, and the size of VU makes for an outstanding learning community.  The Core Program offers one example of VU at its best—and he has found that sharing the Core experience with faculty and students to be very rewarding. 

In addition to Core, Professor Armstrong has also taught ENGL 300: Professional Writing and ENGL 200: Horrible Husbands and Wicked Wives for several years.  In the fall of 2012, he taught a section of ENGL 200 called Knowing Thyself—a course designed to question the value, uses, and limitations of self-knowledge as represented in literature.  Whether discussing business communication, a poem, or an essay from the Core coursepack, Professor Armstrong tries to keep “’me’ in connection to others right now” as the primary text and the real subject matter of the class.

Professor Armstrong is a runner and probably in training for a marathon right now.  He also likes bowling and biking, and enjoys travelling and camping with his son.
His graduate work at Penn State focused on Renaissance Rhetoric and Poetics, and resulted in a monograph published in 2006. 


Ph.D. - The Pennsylvania State University  (1997)
M.A. - The Pennsylvania State University  (1992)
B.A. - Indiana University (1990)