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.

Evelyn Posey

PhD, New Mexico State University

A former UTEP student who believes that “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage,” I started as a Writing Center tutor and am now a Professor of English and Principal Investigator for the NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation for Faculty Diversity initiative on campus. The strongest assets I bring to Rhetoric and Writing Studies are my love of teaching and research, broad experience in university administration, and my years of working with faculty development and information technology on campus. For the past three semesters, I have taught completely online through the UT Telecampus and spent time consulting with other universities interested in recruiting women faculty. In addition to my work, I spend weekends in High Rolls, NM where my husband and I have a cabin or at Elephant Butte Lake where we have a sailboat. While writing this, it occurs to me that my life could benefit from a little less expansion right now, but what would I give up?

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.

Gustav Verhulsdonck

Visiting Assistant Professor
PhD, New Mexico State University
Dr. Gustav Verhulsdonck

I am excited to join as a visiting assistant professor and proud to be part of UTEP’s program in Rhetoric and Writing.I was born and raised in the Netherlands. I moved to New Mexico in 2000, received my Master’s degree in Literature and received my Doctorate in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from New Mexico State University. A self-admitted “tech-geek”, my research is focused on the areas of digital rhetoric, professional and technical communication, virtual reality, human-computer interaction, interface/interaction design, video game theory and new forms of digital rhetoric created by various technologies. 

In the past, I worked as an information developer and technical writer for International Business Machines (IBM) at their Silicon Valley Laboratory and as a researcher and consultant for the U.S. Army and the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA). I also was a visiting researcher at the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California doing experiments in virtual reality environments.
I have authored and co-authored a number of conference papers on virtual worlds, non-verbal and verbal communication in virtual negotiations, issues of identity related to avatar interaction, and interactive narratives. I am currently co-editing a book on Digital Rhetoric and Global Literacies.
One thing I feel very strongly about is helping students get to the next level, whether it is helping them get into conferences, publishing in journals, and developing as professionals in general. Feel free to drop by my office as I enjoy discussing new ideas and perspectives. In my spare time, I read, watch movies, play video games, hike near the Organ Mountains, enjoy spending time with my wife and our cat, and volunteer as a projectionist at a local movie theater.
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. Posey

Application Deadline
for spring 2015 enrollment:
November 1, 2014
Contact Information:

Dr. Evelyn Posey
Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies
Department of English
HUD 314
The University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX  79968
Phone: 915.747.8487