Associate Professor of English
Office: Olin 233 and Hunter 403
Telephone (office): (509) 527-5699
Hashimoto has been at Whitman since 1983. He has a Ph.D. in English and Education from the University of Michigan (1978), his M.A. in literature from the University of Wisconsin (Madison, 1969), and his B.A in English from Stanford University (1967). He has taught at the University of Northern Colorado Laboratory School (high school, grades 9-12), the University of Michigan, and Idaho State University. A long time ago, he student-taught grades 7 and 9 in Denver, Colorado.
At Whitman, Hashimoto directs the Whitman College Writing Center--which he staffs with around fifteen or sixteen peer tutors; he also teaches introductory, intermediate, and advanced composition. He has received four major teaching awards at three different institutions, has been on the Executive Committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and has written extensively about issues in the teaching of writing. His book, Thirteen Weeks: A Guide to Teaching College Writing, has been rated a two-thumbs-up best seller by some of his close friends and all of his close relatives.
As a writer and teacher of writing, Hashimoto is interested in what people say about writing and what people can actually learn about writing from their teachers and other professional writers. He is particularly interested in what is loosely called "academic writing"--but is also very interested in other forms of modern non-fiction prose including the work of people like H. L. Mencken, E. B. White, John McPhee, Norman Mailer, Elbert Hubbard, Joan Didion, Brann the Iconoclast, Cynthia Ozick, Dorothy Thompson, Robert Benchley, and Dorothy Parker.