Jun Xu, Ph.D Picture

Jun Xu, Ph.D


Jun holds a Ph.  D in Language and Rhetoric from the English Department at the University of Washington.  Her dissertation was titled “Where Knowledge Thrives: The Role of the Metaphorical in Scientific Process,” the writing of which was supported by an Alvord Dissertation Fellowship.  Her Master’s degree essay, “Austen’s Fans and Fans’ Austen,” was awarded the Himmelman Graduate Award and published in the Journal of Literary Semantics.

Jun holds another Ph. D. in bio-organic chemistry from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington.  She also worked as a postdoctoral fellow for one and a half years, first in bio-organic chemistry and then pharmaceutics.  Her research led to twelve articles published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, the Journal of American Chemistry Society, Microbiology, Journal of Organic Chemistry, and other scientific journals, regarding bacterial genomes, the mechanisms of bacterial antibiotic production, the causes of antibiotic resistance, and the alterations of antibiotic structures through organic synthesis and gene manipulation.

Jun devotes her research and teaching to integrating science and the humanities.  As a writing teacher, she has been developing STEM writing courses on various levels, while steering academic writing to civic engagement through teaching the writing of argumentative essays and research papers in courses such as ENGL092, ENGL093, ENGL&101, and ENGL201.  Jun is the lead of the WAC (Writing Across Curriculum)  program at Bellevue College.