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  Denise Acevedo
Assistant Professor

acevedo@msu.edu


Research Areas: Marginalized Students, Motivational Rhetoric, Faculty Development
  Hannah Allen
Instructor

allenhan@msu.edu


 
                         
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  Stephanie Amada
Assistant Professor
amada@msu.edu


  Kristin Arola
Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty
arola@msu.edu

Research Areas: Digital Rhetoric, American Indian Rhetoric, Multimodal Composition
 
                 
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  Kirk Astle
Assistant Professor

astlekir@msu.edu

Research Areas: Theory and Rhetoric of Power, Teaching in Carceral Environments
   Catalina Bartlett
Assistant Professor
bartl142@msu.edu

Research Areas: Creative Writing, Chicanx Literatures, Theories of the Body
 
                         
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 Kate Birdsall
Assistant Professor

birdsal5@msu.edu

Research Areas: Empathy, Cultural Rhetorics, Digital Publishing, Creative Writing Pedagogy

 

Lorelei Blackburn
Instructor

lorelei@msu.edu

Research Areas: Disability Studies, Assessability, Community-Engaged Learning, Pedagogy

 
                         
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   Stuart Blythe
Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty
blythes@msu.edu

Research Areas: Administration and Curriculum; Theories of Learning; Rhetoric, Science, and Technology 
 

Christina Boyles
Assistant Professor
Graduate Faculty
cboyles@msu.edu

Research Areas: Digital Humanities, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Environmental Humanities, Indigenous Studies, Multimodal Composition, Digital Pedagogy

 
                         
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  Roger Bresnahan
Professor
Fulbright Program Advisor

bresnaha@msu.edu

Research Areas: Cultural Rhetorics
   Ann Burke
Assistant Professor
burkean1@msu.edu

Research Areas: Composition Studies, Writing Pedagogy, English Education, K-12/College Connections
 
                         
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   Cheryl Caesar
Associate Professor
caesarc@msu.edu

Research Areas: Community-engaged Scholarship, Translingual and Transcultural Pedagogies, Writing for Wellness
 

 Johnson Cheu
Assistant Professor

cheu@msu.edu


Research Areas: Cultural Studies, Disability Studies, Media Studies, Visual Rhetorics

 
                         
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  Ezekiel Choffel
Instructor

choffele@msu.edu
 

Jill McKay Chrobak
Assistant Professor
mckayji1@msu.edu

Research Areas: Cultural Rhetorics, Hip Hop Pedagogies, Student-centered Pedagogies

 
                         
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  Robert Cummiskey
Instructor

cummisk5@msu.edu
  Yuanfang Dai
Assistant Professor

daiyuanf@msu.edu

Research Areas: Feminist Philosophy, Cultural Rhetorics, Feminist Bioethics
 
                         
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  Nancy C. DeJoy
Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty
dejoy@msu.edu

Research Areas: Writing Pedagogy, Women’s Studies, Environmental/Nature Writing, Travel Writing, Poetry, Public Art 
  Dànielle Nicole DeVoss
Professor, Associate Chair
Director of the Graduate Program,
Graduate Faculty
devossda@msu.edu

Research Areas:
Computer/Technological Literacies, Digital-visual Rhetorics, Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity, Intellectual Property Issues in Digital Space  
 
                         
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John Dowell
Instructor

jdowell@msu.edu

Research Areas: Service-learning, Civics and Citizenship, Technology Literacy, Post-postmodern Theory, Pedagogy of Performance 

  Kate Fedewa
Academic Specialist

fedewak3@msu.edu

Research Areas: Literacy and Identity, Game Studies, History of Rhetoric, Student-centered Pedagogy  
 
                         
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Steven Fraiberg
Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty
sfraibe2@msu.edu

Research Areas: Globalization in Higher Education and Workplaces, Startup Entrepreneurs and Innovation Systems, Composition Studies, Multi-Translingualism

  Barbara Gerber
Instructor

gerberba@msu.edu
 
                         
     

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Sarah Gibbons
Assistant Professor
gibbon11@msu.edu


Research Areas: Hybrid Pedagogy, Distance Learning in Writing Curricula, Mythology and Modern Identity, Writing and Publishing for Children, Genre Fiction

 

Hillery Glasby
Assistant Professor
glasbyhi@msu.edu

Research Areas: Queer Rhetoric; Visual, Digital, and DIY/Craft Rhetorics; Queer and Feminist Pedagogies; Writing Center and Writing Program Administration 

 
                         
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  Robert Goldbort
 Assistant Professor
goldbor2@msu.edu
  Margaux Griffith
Assistant Professor

griff654@msu.edu
 
                         
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Kathy Hadley
Assistant Professor
hadleyk@msu.edu

 

Research Areas: Learner-centered Teaching, Study Abroad, Women in America

  Bump Halbritter
Associate Professor

Director of First Year Writing
Graduate Faculty
drbump@msu.edu

Research Areas: Audio-visual Media in Research, Audio-visual Rhetoric, Literacy, Writing Pedagogy
 
                         
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  William Hart-Davidson
Associate Professor

Associate Dean of Graduate Education (CAL)
Graduate Faculty
hartdav2@msu.edu

Research Areas: Digital Humanities, Experience Architecture, Technical Writing, Computational Rhetoric
  Marybeth Heeder
Instructor

heeder@msu.edu
 
 
                         
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  Kristin Heine
Instructor
heinekri@msu.edu
 

Alexandra Hidalgo
Assistant Professor
Co-Director of The Documentary Laboratory for Creative Non-Fiction Film
 

Graduate Faculty
hidalgo5@msu.edu

Research Areas: Film and Video Production, Documentary, Memoir, Cultural Rhetorics, Feminism, Immigration, Social Media, Digital Spaces and Publication 

 
                         
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Eric Hood
Assistant Professor

hooderic@msu.edu

 

 Clarence Hooker
Associate Professor
hooker@msu.edu

 
                         
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Kathryn Houghton
Academic Specialist
hought34@msu.edu

Research Areas: Editing and Publishing, Grammar, Linguistics, Interdisciplinary Studies

  Natasha Jones
Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty
jonesn30@msu.edu

Research Areas: Social Justice, Inclusion, Narrative, Technical Communication
 
                         
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  Laura Jones-Pettit
Assistant Professor

jonesl72@msu.edu
  Laura Julier
Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty
julier@msu.edu

Research Areas: Literary/creative Nonfiction, Editing and Publishing, Community Service Learning 
 
                         
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  Jeff Kuure
Academic Specialist

kuure@msu.edu

Research Areas: Visual art, Design, and Communication; Digital Media Production, Programming, Computational Thinking
 

Elizabeth LaPensée
Assistant Professor
Graduate Faculty
odamino@msu.edu

Research Areas: Indigenous Studies, Game Studies, Game Development, Comics

 
                         
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    Ben Lauren
Assistant Professor
Graduate Faculty
blauren@msu.edu

Research Areas: Professional Writing, User Experience, Soundwriting, Learning Theory
 
  Patrick Lebeau 
Professor

leabeau@msu.edu
 
                         
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  Xinqiang Li
Assistant Professor

xqli@msu.edu


Research Areas: Intercultural Rhetoric, Second Language Writing, Curriculum Design, Studies in Prose Style
  Marohang Limbu
Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty
limbu@msu.edu

Research Areas: Kirat Rhetorics, Global Indigenous Rhetorics, Cross-cultural/intercultural/inter-epistemic Rhetorics, Cloud and Crowd Pedagogies
 
                         
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 Julie Lindquist
Professor
Graduate Faculty
lindqu11@msu.edu

Research Areas: Cultural Rhetorics, Literacy, Qualitative Methods, WritIng Pedagogy

 

Kathleen Livingston
Assistant Professor

living70@msu.edu


Research Areas: First-year Writing, Consent Education, Queer Feminist Rhetorics, Community-based Pedagogies and Methodologies, Nonfiction Writing  

 
                         
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Trixie Long Smith
Director of The Writing Center

Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty
smit1254@msu.edu

Research Areas: Writing Centers, Queer Rhetorics, Pedagogy, Embodiment, Community Composing

   Matthew Rossi
Assistant Professor
mrossi@msu.edu


Research Areas: Maker Culture, Multiliteracies, Ecocriticism, Citizen Science, Creative Writing, Writing Center Administration, Comics
 
                         
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   Richard Manderfield
Assistant Professor
manderf1@msu.edu
 
                         
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Casey McArdle
Assistant Professor,
     Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Faculty Member, Director of Professional and Public Writing, and Director of Experience Architecture

cmcardle@msu.edu 

Research Areas: Distance Education; Instructional Design; Experience Architecture; Rhetorical Theory; Professional and Technical Writing

 

John McElroy
Assistant Professor

jmcelroy@msu.edu

Research Areas: Community Literacy, Teacher Preparation, and Education Reform

 
                         
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  Sara McKinnon
Assistant Professor

mckin159@msu.edu

Research Areas: Composition, Creative Nonfiction, First-year Writing, Gender Studies
  David Medei
Instructor

medeidav@msu.edu
 
                         
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      Joyce Meier
Associate Professor
meierjo@msu.edu

Research Areas: Translingualism and Transcultural Rhetorics, Community Writing, Creative Nonfiction
         

Casey Miles
Assistant Professor

Academic Advisor to the Professional and Public Writing Program

milescas@msu.edu

Research Areas: Queer Rhetorics, Digital Content, Digital Video

     
                         
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      John Monberg
Academic Specialist

Graduate Faculty
jmonberg@msu.edu

Research Areas: Cultural Rhetorics, Digital Rhetoric, Public Deliberation
          Margaret Morris
Assistant Professor

msmorris@msu.edu


Research Areas: Collaboration, History of Rhetoric, Salon Movements, Editorial Role/editing, Travel Writing, Photojournalism
     
                         
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      Dawn Opel
Assistant Professor

Graduate Faculty
opeldawn@msu.edu


Research Areas: Technical and Professional Communication, Community Literacy, Rhetoric of Health and Medicine, User Experience
          Brandon Pettit
Assistant Professor

pettitb3@msu.edu 
     
                         
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Malea Powell
Research Professor
powell37@msu.edu
 

Research Areas: Indigenous Rhetorics, Cultural Rhetorics, Rhetorical Theory, Rhetoric History, Decolonial Rhetorics, Digital Publishing, Diverse & Inclusive Curriculum Design, Administrative Work as Intellectual Practice, Leadership Development 

         

Liza Potts
Associate Professor
Director of WIDE Research
Graduate Faculty
lpotts@msu.edu

Research Areas: Digital Humanities, Experience Architecture, Participatory Culture, Disaster Communication
     
                         
     

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Kimberly Priest
Assistant Professor
preistk1@msu.edu 

         

Carol M. Quinn
Assistant Professor
cquinn@msu.edu

Research Areas: Creative Writing, First-year Writing

     
                         
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Delores Byrum Rauscher
Instructor

rausche5@msu.edu

Research Areas: Teaching Higher Education, Writing and Critical Reasoning 

           Jacqueline Rhodes
Professor, Department Chair

Graduate Faculty
jrhodes@msu.edu

Research Areas: Multimodality, Digital Rhetorics, Feminist/queer Rhetorics
     
                         
     

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Lisa Richman
Assistant Professor
richmanl@msu.edu

         

Stacia Rigney
Academic Specialist
rigneyst@msu.edu

Research Areas: Writing Center Theory, Higher Ed Administration, General Education, General Education as Social Justice, Writing Program Administration, Composition Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies

     
                         
     

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Michael Ristich
Academic Specialist

Graduate Faculty
ristich@msu.edu

Research Areas: Rhetorical Theory, Critical Theory, Pedagogy, Radical Politics

          Jonathan Ritz
Academic Specialist
Graduate Faculty
ritz@msu.edu

Research Areas: Creative Nonfiction, Video Essay, Peace and Justice Studies
     
                         
     

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Matthew Rossi
Assistant Professor
mrossi@msu.edu

Research Areas: Maker Culture, Multiliteracies, Ecocriticism, Citizen Science, Creative Writing, Writing Center Administration, Comics

          Kayleen Schumacher
Assistant Professor
schum176@msu.edu
     
                         
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       Ilse Schweitzer
Assistant Professor
schwei53@msu.edu

Research Areas: Environmental Humanities, Medieval Studies, Literary Studies, Academic Publishing, Editing, Ecocriticism 
           Leonora Smith
Associate Professor
smithleo@msu.edu
     
                         
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      Elizabeth Spence
Assistant Professor
spencee@msu.edu
         

Erica Starr
Instructor
smit2758@msu.edu

Research Areas: First-year Writing, Antiracist Pedagogy, Multimodal Composition, Digital Rhetoric, Embodiment, and Feminist rhetorics

     
                         
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       Janice Stryz
Assistant Professor
stryz@msu.edu
         

Tracie Swiecki
Assistant Professor
swieckit@msu.edu

Research Areas: Brain-based Pedagogy, Trauma, Stress, Mindfulness, and Social Justice

     
                         
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      J. Estrella Torrez
Assistant Professor
Graduate Faculty
torrezjs@msu.edu

Research Areas: Community Literacy, Critical Pedagogy, Indigenous Rhetorics, Latina Rhetorics
          Denise Troutman
Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty
troutma1@msu.edu

Research Areas: Sociolinguistics, Women and Language, Ebonics, African American women and Linguistic Practices, Im/politeness
     
                         
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      Curtis VanDonkelaar
Assistant Professorvandonkc@msu.edu

Research Areas: Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing, Midwestern Culture and Literature
          Xiqiao Wang
Assistant Professor
wangx14@msu.edu

Research Areas: Transnational Literacy, Digital Literacy, Translingual Pedagogy, Multimodal Composition
     
                         
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      David Watson
Assistant Professor

watso182@msu.edu
         

Jessica Kane
Assistant Professor

kanejess@msu.edu