Welcome From the Program Director
Welcome to UTEP’s doctoral program in Rhetoric and Composition. Before you start learning more about our program, here’s some recent news:
We are delighted to welcome our newest Assistant Professor, Dr. Laura Gonzales, to our program. Dr. Gonzales comes to us from Michigan State, where she completed her dissertation Sites of Translation: What Multilinguals Can Teach Us about Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology. Check out her co-authored article in the June 2016 College Composition and Communication on "Coordination and Transfer across the Metagenre of Secondary Research."
Our featured speaker at our annual Spring Frontera Retorica conference was Dr. Casey Boyle from UT-Austin, who spoke on "informing a Post-Human Rhetoric." Two doctoral candidates, PJ Vierra and Melanie Salome, also presented at the symposium.
Another Spring presenter was Dr. Todd Ruecker from the University of New Mexico, whose spoke on "Writing, Access, and Success: Exploring the Pathways of El Paso Students Transitioning from High School to College."
As always, this Spring we offered professional development opportunities. Dr. Ruecker held a workshop on academic publishing, and the RWS faculty presented a proposal-writing workshop for academic conferences.
We are very pleased to announce our five doctoral graduates this spring: Drs. Zach Warzecka, Cassandra Dulin, Melanie Salome, Nikki Agee, and Lindsay Hamilton.
We are looking forward to welcoming 12 new doctoral students this Fall.
We had a number of students presenting at CCCC in April. As always, they received full funding for their travel.
Finally, I will be stepping down as Director of the RWS program in August. Directing this program has been an intensely rewarding experience, and I am proud of the accomplishments of our faculty and students. Our new RWS Director will be Dr. Lucia Dura, and our Associate Director will be Dr. Terry Quezada. They will do a wonderful job moving the program forward.
On behalf of everyone in our program, thank you for taking the time to visit our website and for your interest in studying Rhetoric and Composition at UTEP. If you have any questions or would like more detailed information about our program, please don’t hesitate to contact me or one of our our Assistant Directors: Lizbett Tinoco (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jennifer Falcon (email@example.com). For a doctoral student perspective on the program see the video below.
Dr. Kate Mangelsdorf
Director, Rhetoric & Writing Studies and English Education
The best way to reach me: firstname.lastname@example.org