Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition

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:

Two of our recent graduates published books that started off as their dissertations. 

Dr. Cristina Ramirez, an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, just published Occupying Our Space: The Mestiza Rhetorics of Mexican Women Journalists and Activists, 1875-1942 (University of Arizona University Press).

Dr. Todd Ruecker just published Transiciones: Pathways of Latinas and Latinos Writing in High School and College. Todd is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico.

We want to congratulate Dr. Scott Lunsford, an alumni of our program, on being awarded tenure at James Madison University.  

Our most recent graduates are Drs. Petch Saenpoch, Lauren Connolly, and Craig Wynne.  Petch has returned to her university in Thailand.  Lauren is an Assistant Professor at Lewis-Clark State College and Craig is an Assistant Professor at Hampton University.  

Our Fall 2015 Fall Symposium, Exploring Transnational Rhetorics, featured discussions by Dr. Rebecca Dingo, Dr. Elenore Long, Dr. Cristobal Martinez, Dr. Sara McKinnon, and Dr. J. Blake Scott.

Our Skype-a-Scholar program is in full swing.   We had virtual discussions and presentations by scholars including Elizabeth Wardle, Mike Rose, Dana Ferris, Kendall Phillips, Joshua Frye, and Christina Cedillo.

Our annual spring symposium of our RSA chapter, Frontera Retórica, featured a talk by Dr. Krista Ratcliffe of Purdue University.

We have a number of students presenting at CCCC in 2016.  This fall we had students present at national conferences such as Feminisms and Rhetorics, National Council of Peer Tutoring in Writing, and the International Writing Centers Association. Some of our students also presented at an international conference, the Latin American Writing Center Conference in Bogota, Colombia.  As usual, our program provided funding to support our students' travel.  

 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 ( or Jennifer Falcon ( For a doctoral student perspective on the program see the video below. 


Dr. Kate Mangelsdorf
Director, Rhetoric & Writing Studies and English Education
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Alumni's Faculty

Anita August
Sacred Heart University
Fairfield, CT

Hector Carbajal
DePaul University
Chicago, IL

Lauren Connolly
Lewis-Clark State College
Lewiston, ID  

Christie Lynn Daniels
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Christina Devereaux Ramirez
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

Lucia Dura
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX

Marianna Hendricks
Center for Institutional Evaluation, Research and Planning
El Paso, TX

Yowei Kang
Kainan University
Luchu, Taoyuan County, Taiwan

Marohang Limbu
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Scott Lunsford
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA

Brian McNely
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Randall Monty
The University of Texas - Pan American
Edinburg, TX

Kay Mooy
Written Design
El Paso, Texas

Todd Reucker
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Robert Tinajero
Tarrant County College
Fort Worth, TX

Phanindra Upadhyaya
Shawnee State University
Portsmouth, OH

Adam Webb
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Craig Wynne
Hampton University
Hampton, VA