Dr. D. Leigh Henson

Role: Faculty Emeritus
Campus: Springfield



  • PhD (1982), Illinois State University
  • MS (1969), Illinois State University
  • BS (1964), Illinois State University
  • Lincoln College (1960—1961), Lincoln, Illinois


  • Beginning and advanced technical writing
  • Editing
  • Research methodology
  • Technical copywriting
  • Document design
  • Website design and development

Research and professional interests

My articles on the theory, practice, and teaching of writing have appeared in several academic and practitioner journals. My article on the social-cultural history of Lincoln, Illinois, as seen in William Maxwell’s writings and my article on Mr. Lincoln’s 1858 first namesake town rally-speech were published in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. In 2011 I published The Town Abraham Lincoln Warned: The Living Namesake Heritage of Lincoln, Illinois. This book is a case study of how academics can engage in public service based on scholarship. I have begun research on a book titled Lincoln's Rhetorical Designs. My cv is available online.

Awards and honors

  • Best Website of the Year (2004), Illinois State Historical Society
  • Historic preservation and promotion award (2009), Main Street Lincoln
  • Membership in the Illinois Authors Wiki, a project of the Illinois Center for the Book

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