Online Graduate Certificate, Technical Writing, Professional Writing, Graduate Certificate, Professional Communication, Technical Communication TPW Faculty

Program Faculty

Isabel Baca

Assistant Professor
PhD, New Mexico State University

Bienvenidos! Welcome to the Rhetoric and Writing Studies Program in the Department of English at The University of Texas at El Paso. As a native El Pasoan, I am both English-Spanish bilingual and bicultural. I received a PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from New Mexico State University, and I am proud to consider myself a product of the US/México border. My scholarly areas of interest center on community writing, service-learning, and bilingual workplace communication. I created and direct The Community Writing Partners Program within the RWS program, collaborating with more than thirty non-profit organizations on both sides of the US/México border. My publications include chapters and journal articles on community-based writing and service-learning. I have presented my research and scholarly work at professional conferences and give service-learning workshops to faculty, students, and non-profit organizations. I work closely with undergraduate and graduate students in placing them with appropriate local agencies for internships, writing practicums, and service-learning projects. Being family-oriented, I cherish my time with my teenage son and enjoy networking with other scholars interested in writing studies and service-learning across the curriculum.

Maggy Smith

PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutute

If you really want to make a difference, work with interesting and motivated students, and chat with warm and welcoming colleagues, UTEP is the place for you!

I have been at UTEP since 1987. During my years at UTEP, I served both as an English professor and an administrator. Between 1987 and 1995, I was a fulltime English faculty member teaching professional writing and rhetoric classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, directing thesis projects, and serving in departmental leadership roles, including Directing Composition for a time.

Between 1995 and 2008, I served in a number of UTEP administrative positions, including being the founding Dean of UTEP’s University College which housed all of UTEP’s first-year experience programs (a first-year seminar, learning communities, student leadership education, and peer leader training). Most of my work in administration was focused on student engagement, satisfaction, retention, and success. This is an area to which I have dedicated my time consulting and publishing.

I rejoined the Rhetoric and Writing Studies faculty in Fall 2009 where I will be teaching a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses. My scholarly interests will remain focused on academic leadership and student success.

Teresa Quezada

Senior Lecturer
PhD, University of Texas at El Paso
Dr. Terry Quezada

I am a native El Pasoan with a broad academic background including Master’s degrees in business and public administration from UTEP and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing Studies also from UTEP.  I am excited to work in the fully online Technical and Professional Certificate Program since teaching professionals was one of my goals when I entered the doctoral program after more than 20 years as a professional in local government at various levels.

I plan to use my experience writing professional documents,frequently under tight timeframes and in high stakes environments, to infuse my teaching with practical applications. I am interested in public officials’ rhetoric and respect’s role in political and civic rhetoric.

I have taught graduate and undergraduate writing courses in UTEP’s Rhetoric and Writing Studies program including directing graduate and undergraduate students’ capstone projects and am excited to continue working with graduate students.

At a Glance

Program highlights:
  • Exclusively online
  • Student-centered
  • Four courses (12 CH):
    Grant Writing
    Technical Writing
    Professional Writing
  • Can be completed in two semesters

New Student Admission:
  • Graduate School Application
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

UTEP Graduate Student Admission:
  • Statement of purpose to Dr. Quezada

Application Deadline
for Spring 2018 enrollment:
December 22, 2017
Contact Information:

Terry Quezada, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Practice
Rhetoric and Writing Studies 
Hudspeth 209
Department of English
University of Texas at El Paso