Thomas Trimble

Thomas Trimble

Senior Lecturer

(313) 414-6277

10409.1 5057 Woodward


Curriculum vitae


Thomas Trimble



Thomas Trimble earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from Wayne State University in 1991. He received his Master of Arts in Political Science in 1994 and his PhD in English, with a specialization in Composition and Rhetoric, from WSU in 2011. In 2011, Dr. Trimble was appointed senior lecturer in the Wayne State English Department where he teaches courses in writing and the teaching of writing. His research interests include writing assessment, writing pedagogy, and community-based writing. His research has appeared in Community Literacy Journal, The Journal of Writing Assessment, Reflections, Pedagogy, and Communication and Medicine.


Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • community-based writing instruction; writing assessment


Trimble, Thomas and Adrienne Jankens. “Using Taxonomies of Metacognitive Behaviors to Analyze Student Reflection and Improve Teaching Practice.” Pedagogy 19:3 (2019): 433–454.

Pruchnic, J., Susak, C., Grogan, J., Primeau, S., Torok, J., Trimble, T., Foster, T., Barton, E. (2018). Slouching toward sustainability: Mixed methods in the direct assessment of student writing. Journal of Writing Assessment, 11: 1.


  • B.A. (English and Political Science)-Wayne State University, 1991
  • M.A. (Political Science)-Wayne State University, 1994
  • Ph.D. (English)-Wayne State University, 2011

Selected publications

“Cathouse: The Cass Corridor’s Last Great Band.” Heaven was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond. Ed. M.L. Liebler. Wayne State University Press, 2016.


Currently teaching

  • ENG 3010: Intermediate Writing (Fall 2020)

    ENG 1010: Basic Writing -- APEX Summer Bridge (Summer 2020)



Courses taught

  • APX 500-Foundations in Writing
  • ENG 1010-Basic Writing
  • ENG 1020-Introduction to College Writing
  • ENG 3010-Intermediate Writing
  • ENG 3020-Community and Writing
  • ENG 3050-Technical and Professional Writing
  • ENG 6001-Pedagogical Practicum
  • ENG 6001-Pedagogical Practicum II