D. Leigh Henson, professor emeritus of English at Missouri State University, received a Ph.D. in English Studies from Illinois State University (1982), and his dissertation chairman and mentor was Dr. Stan Renner. Henson had also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at ISU. He taught literature and composition at the high school level for 30 years and technical communication at the university level for 14 years. For several years during his high school teaching career, he worked part time as a professional/technical writer and editor and in 1990 was a cofounding partner of Technical Publication Associates, Inc., of Morton, Illinois.
Henson has published on a wide range of subjects relating to academic and popular reading audiences: the theory, practice, and pedagogy of technical and marketing communications; rhetoric and composition; the pedagogy of literature; Illinois, local, and family history; selected, autobiographical fiction of William Maxwell; and the rhetoric of Abraham Lincoln. Henson is an invited member of the Society of Midland Authors and a member of the Illinois Authors Wiki, a project of the Illinois Center for the Book. He is working on a book titled Reading and Writing Lincoln’s Political Rhetoric. He gratefully credits his education at ISU for giving him the knowledge and skills to pursue all of these professional and personal activities.
A link to Henson’s curriculum vitae (PDF) is posted on his LinkedIn site, and he invites connections there: http://la.linkedin.com/pub/d-leigh-henson/16/1a5/923.