Dr. Bender is currently teaching WTNG 200: Critical Writing for the Humanities and Social Sciences and Core 104: Literature, Philosophy, and the Ascent of Ideas. He also teaches a Core Senior Seminar: Stories of the Apocalypse, WTNG 210: Critical Writing for the Professions, WTNG 102: Expository Writing, WTNG 320: Writing for Business Organizations, SUST 101: Introduction ot Sustainability, and WTNG: 303 Environmental Rhetoric.
He is serving as the coordinator of second year writing in the University Writing Program.
He has presented papers at National Collegiate Honors Council, Popular Culture Association, Writing Across the Curriculum, Conference of College Composition and Communication, Computers and Writing, and Writing Program Administrators.
He is a member of the Sustainability Curriculum Committee, the General Education Committee, the Professional Development Committee, and a number of department subcommittees.
His recent research interests include: popular culture and language and post-apocalyptic rhetoric. He has presented on Breaking Bad, Deadwood, LOST, Battlestar Galactica, and Earth Abides. His environmental interests include Transition Movements, the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, and environmental rhetoric.