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Khaleel Abusal (LIT)

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Kristine Acosta | PhD (TCR)


MA | University of Central Florida | Applied Learning and Instruction
BA | Florida International University | English

Research interests: Community literacy; community engagement; visual literacy; intercultural communication in online environments; writing program administration.

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Jelilat Adeysian | PhD (TCR)



BA | University of Houston-Downtown | English, Professional Writing, Creative Writing

MS | University of Houston-Downtown | Technical Communication and Rhetoric

Research interests: Software development cycle , usability and user centered-design.


Tatianna Aker (TCR)


 Casey Akins (TCR)

Heather Annis 

Heather Annis (TCR)

BA | University of Massachusetts Amherst | English
BA | University of Massachusetts Amherst | Middle Eastern Studies

Research interests: Usability, user centered-design, disability studies.

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Sarah Austin | PhD (TCR)


MEd | Salisbury University
MA | Colorado State University | Rhetoric and Composition

Research interests: Critical composition theory and activism in the first-year composition (FYC) classroom; technology and the re-envisioning of composition pedagogy and FYC programs; media studies as they pertain to visual and feminist rhetorics; whiteness studies and technology; engagement of non-traditional students through technical communication; gender rhetorics pertaining to technology and new media; neuroscience's rhetorical reinforcement of gender norms; issues of access related to knowledge, technology; science studies; gender and the military.

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Akshata Balghare | PhD (TCR)


BE | University of Pune (India)| Electronics Engineering
MTPC | Auburn University | Technical and Professional Communication

Research interests: engineering and scientific communication, technical editing, intercultural technical communication, composition pedagogy, user-experiencing design.

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Maureen Barney | PhD (TCR)


BA | Washington State University-Vancouver | English

BA | Washington State University-Vancouver | Humanities

MLIS | University of Washington | Library & Information Science 

Research interests: Dissertation writing, doctoral student writing preparation, power balance in students-advisor relationships, writer identity


Deronda Baughman (TCR)


Susanna Bender (LIT)

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Brandy Bippes | PhD (TCR)


MA | Eastern Washington University | English: Technical Communication & Rhetoric, TESL
BA | Eastern Washington University | Technical Communication
BA | Eastern Washington University | Anthropology (linguistic)
minors: linguistics, visual communication design, TESOL

Research interests: intercultural issues in technical communication and rhetoric, pedagogy, program development

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Andrew Blick | PhD (TCR)


BA | Western Washington University | Linguistics; Spanish Language and Literature
MEd | Western Washington University | Continuing and College (Adult) Education
Certificates | Western Washington University | TESOL; Bilingual Education


Joshua Blount (TCR)


Delphine Broccard (TCR)

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Chloe Brooke | PhD (LIT)


BA | Tarleton State University | English, Agricultural Communications

MA | Texas Woman's University | English

Research interests: Early Modern Literature and Book History


Michael Brooks | PhD (TCR)

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Jennifer Buentello | PhD (LIT)


BA | Texas A&M International University | English

MFA | The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley | Creative Writing

Research Interests: translation and Mexican-American literature.


Rose Cahalan (TCR)


Eric C. Camarillo | PhD (TCR)


BA | English/Rhetoric & Writing | University of Texas

MA | English | New Mexico Highlands University

Research interests: Writing center pedagogy, antiracism, grading contracts

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Lauren Cargill | MA (LIT)


BA | Texas Tech University | English

Research interests: British literature, Women's studies and social justice.


Shannon Elaine Cearley (LIT)


Anastasia Coles | PhD (LIT)

a nastasia.coles@ttu.edu

BA | University of Iowa | Russian

MA | University of Texas Austin | Slavic Linguistics

MA | Texas Tech University | Technical Communication

Graduate Certificate | Texas Tech University | Teaching English in International Contexts

Research interests: syntax, semantics, generative grammar, ESL, L2 advanced composition


Charlotte Colon-Velez (LIT)

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Morgan Connor | PhD (Lit)


MA | George Washington University | English
BA | Armstrong State University | English

Research interests: medievalism, early modernism, gender and sexuality studies, constructions of virginity in medieval romance, racialized depictions of monstrosity in medieval romance and Early Modern drama, Shakespeare in film, ecocriticism, disability studies, and sensory studies.

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Shayla Corprew | PhD (TCR)


MA | Texas Tech University | Technical Communication
BA | Virginia Tech | English (Professional Writing concentration)
BA | Virginia Tech | Interdisciplinary Studies (Africana Studies)

Research interests: content management, ethics, information management and security, policy & strategic planning, project management, risk communication, social justice, rhetoric of health communication

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Michelle Cowan | PhD (TCR)

michelle.cowan@ttu.edu | www.themichellecowan.com

MA | Texas Tech University | Technical Communication
BA | Texas Tech University | Spanish and English Language

Research interests: writing assessment, feedback in the workplace, usability, invention and creativity in discourse communities

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Bailey Cundiff | MATC (TCR)


BA | Texas A&M | Rhetoric

Research interests: usability/user experience, research methods/methodologies, technical editing, content management


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Meghalee Das | PhD (TCR)

Meghalee.Das@ttu.edu | https://meghaleedas.wixsite.com/meghaleetechcom

MA | Texas State University | Major: Technical Communication; Minor: Philosophy

MBA | Texas State University | Business Administration

MA | Indira Gandhi National Open University (India) | English

Research Interests: Intercultural technical communication, technical and business communication, and creative pedagogical practices

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Aliethia Dean| PhD (TCR)


MA | University of Texas Permian Basin | English

BA | University of Texas Permian Basin | English and Sociology

Research interests: Improving communication in asynchronous classes and tutoring, prison writing groups and programs, environmental rhetoric in political speeches, nature writing, and addiction and recovery writing programs and groups.


Gunnar Dean | MA (LIT)


BA | English & Communication | University of Sioux Falls


Laura Janene Davison | PhD (TCR)


Amanda Decker |  PhD (TCR)


Research Interests: gender studies; user experience; medical documentation access and interpretation for the underinsured migrant and seasonal field workers in the California Central Valley.

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Ashley Hardage Edlin |PhD (TCR)


BA | Wayland Baptist University | English and Business Administration
MA | Wayland Baptist University | English

Research interests: Rhetorical analysis, archival and historical research, and feminist rhetorics


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Kim Fain (TCR)


Patricia Fausset (TCR)


Jen Fierke (TCR)


Michelle Flahive (TCR)


Ruth Emily Flores (TCR)

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Zachariah L. Forkner | PhD (LIT)


BA | College of the Ozarks | English

MA | Bradley University | English

Research interests: Film and Media Studies, star studies, sound design, adaptation theory, and contemporary film comedy


Heavenly Freeman (TCR)


BA | Technical Communication

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Madeleine Frossard | MA (TCR)

Madeleine.frossard@ttu.edu | www.mfrossardportfolio.wordpress.com

BS | General Studies: Arts & Humanities

Research Interests: web development, web design, optimizing product user satisfaction, technology and the arts, women in technical communication



 Marlene Galván | PhD (TCR)


BA | University of Texas - Pan American | English

MA | University of Texas - Pan American | Literature & Cultural Studies

Research Interests: border rhetorics, intersectional feminist rhetorics, intercultural technical communication


Kathryn George | MA (TCR)


BA | English Literature

Research Interests: Global Practices in Technical Communication, Intercultural Communication, Environmental Rhetoric


Kristen Holcomb | MATC


BA | Austin College | Biology

Research Interests: document design, accessibility, user-centered design

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Taryn Gilbert Howard| PhD (LIT)

BA | University of Kansas | English Literature and Creative Writing
MA |Wichita State University | English Literature

Research Interests: Mid nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature; women's literature; realism; modernism; multiethnic literature


Meghan Giles| PhD (LIT)


BA | Texas Tech University | English, French

MFA | McNeese State University | English—Creative Writing

Research interests: Creative Writing: Poetry, Translation, Place Writing: the Southwest and the Great Plains


Kim Goode (TCR)

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Julie Grisham | PhD (TCR)


MA | Texas Tech University | Technical Communication

MA | University of Texas-San Antonio | Education

BA | Texas A&M University | English

Research Interests: Disability studies, accessibility, accessible rhetoric, inclusive/accessible pedagogy, visual rhetoric, technical communication, user experience, user-centered design




Alison C. Haley | MATC


BA | University of Texas at San Antonio

Research interests: technical and professional writing


Jacob Hall (LIT)

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Leslie Hankey | PhD (TCR)

MSIDC | Southern Polytechnic State University
BBA | University of Georgia

Research interests: technical communication, information design, user experience, and visual rhetoric



Heidi Hansen | PhD (TCR)


MA | Northern Arizona University | English, rhetoric, writing, and Digital Media Studies

Research Interests: multi-modal writing in first-year composition, WAC, community writing centers, civic engagement, writing assessment



Kathleen Hardesty (TCR)


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Leah Heilig | PhD (TCR)


BA | St. Cloud State University | English, literature emphasis
MA | St. Cloud State University | English, rhetoric and writing emphasis

Research interests: Accessibility, design methodologies, disability studies, and health communication.


Zachary Hernandez (LIT)


Kristen Holcomb (TCR)


Andrew Hollinger (TCR)


Gregg Howard (LIT)


Austen Hubbard



Megan Jenkins (TCR)


Angela Johnson (TCR)


Melissa Johnson (LIT)


Danielle Karr (TCR)


Lisa Kassem (TCR)

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John King | PhD Student (LIT)


BA | Rice University | Political Science

Doctor of Jurisprudence | University of Texas Law School | Law

MBA | Rice University | Business

Master of Liberal Studies | Rice University | Liberal Studies

MFA | Vermont College of Fine Arts | Creative Writing

Research Interests: Creative Nonfiction, fiction short stories


Maeve Kirk (LIT)

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Wilson Knight | PhD Student (TCR)


BA | The University of Mississippi | English

MAT | Mississippi State University | Community College Education, English

Research Interests: deathcare rhetoric, queer theory, technical communication, composition pedagogy, pop culture, rhetoric of horror

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Apryl Lewis | PhD (LIT)


BA | Texas Tech University | English

MA | Texas A&M University-Commerce | English

Research interests: 20th & 21st Century American Literature, African American Literature, Trauma Studies, Critical Race Theory, Sports Culture


Kristina Lewis | PhD (LIT)


BA | Sam Houston State University | English

MA | Sam Houston State University | English

Research interests: Classical poetry, Old and Middle English poetry, genre studies, the narrator, composition and rhetoric, post-structural feminist theory

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Lance Lomax | PhD (LIT)


Research interests: Transpacific Studies, Film & Media Studies, Comparative Literature


Dina Lopez | PhD (TCR)


MA | Texas Tech University | Technical Communication

BA | Texas Tech University | Spanish and French

Texas High School Teaching Certification

Puerto Rico Secondary Teaching Certification

Research interests: Ephemera, History of Education for Mexicans in Texas, Cultural Technical Communication

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Cathy Mahaffey |  PhD (TCR)


MA | UNC Charlotte | English with Literature Emphasis

BA | UNC Charlotte | English

Research Interests: Rhetoric and New Media, Accessibility, Online/Digital Literacy, Online Writing Instruction (OWI)

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Rick Mangum | PhD (TCR)


BA | Brigham Young University | English

MA | Northern Arizona University | English Literature | Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing

Research interests: visual rhetoric, usability testing, pedagogy, and the study of metaphor.


Sean Rachel Mardell | PhD (TCR)



MA | Texas State University | Literature
BA | Texas State University | English (Media Studies minor)

Research interests: Activist and documentarian rhetoric, media studies, multimodal composition/design, document design/accessibility, public memory, and cultural studies

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Sarah Martin | PhD (TCR)

BA (with distinction) | University of Virginia | Sociology
MBA | Naval Postgraduate School

Research interests: visual rhetoric, business communication, cross-cultural communication, persuasion

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Jamie May |PhD (TCR)

BA | Southeastern Louisiana University | English
MA | Southeastern Louisiana University | English/Professional Writing

Research interests: composition pedagogy, entertainment media, document design, workplace writing pedagogy

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Angela McCauley | PhD (TCR)


MA| University of Texas | Public Policy and Management
BA | The University of Texas Pan American | Communication

Research interests: technical communication, organizational communication and community development; particularly, grant writing narrative, organizational identity and communication, social justice in technical communication, and scholarship activism

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Sheri McClure-Baker | PhD (TCR)

BA | English
MA | Literature
Advanced certificate of study, Composition

Research interests: race studies, online teaching, rhetoric of conflict and disaster


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Brook McClurg | PhD (LIT)


BA | Columbia University | Creative Writing, Fiction

MFA | Rutgers University | Creative Writing, Nonfiction

Research interests: Narrative and hybrid nonfiction, postmodernism, speculative fiction, lyric narratives, and screenwriting.


Jennifer Mclaughlin (TCR)


AJ McCormick | PhD (TCR)


MA | West Texas A&M University | English

Research Interests: Composition and rhetoric pedagogy, food rhetoric, digital humanities, regional studies, ecocriticism, ecofeminism, visual rhetoric, ludology, & public history


Kourtney Moore (TCR)


Kali Morrison (TCR)


Michael Morrissey (TCR)


Ahmed Muhammad (LIT)


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Kenna Neitch| PhD (CLGT)

BA | Texas Lutheran University | English, Philosophy

MA | Texas Tech University |  English

Research interests: Transnational Feminism, Resistance Theory, Central American Contemporary Literature, Women of Color Non-Fiction, Transnational and Digital Organizing


Jennifer Nichols (TCR)

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Victoria O'Hara | MATC 

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Fer O'Neil | PhD (TCR)


BA | University of Maine at Farmington |English

MA | Minnesota State University, Mankato | Technical Communication and Rhetoric

Research interests: User-centered design, ethics, technical communication, information and document design, technology, usability, information security and communication

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Michael Opsteegh | PhD (TCR)

BA | California State University, Long Beach | English

MA | California State University, Long Beach | English, Rhetoric, and Composition

Research interests: Ethics, User Experience, Human Factors, Data Visualization, Visual Rhetoric, Typography, Risk Communication


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O.W. Petcoff | PhD (TCR)
omonpee.petcoff@ttu.edu | www.owpetcoff.me

BS | Southern Illinois University | Communications, English

MA| Texas Tech University | English

Research interests: Visual Rhetoric, Semiotics, Dystopia and Utopia, Technical Writing, Rhetoric, Developmental Reading and Writing Instruction, Autism, Learning Differences, Sensory Integration, Adult Education First Year Writing in a Community College Instruction Setting

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Bhawana Pillai | PhD (LIT)

BA | University of Delhi | English

MA | University of Delhi | English

MPhil | University of Delhi | English

Research interests: Victorian Literature, Indian Women's Autobiographical Writings, African American Women's Writings and Slave Narratives, Indian Writing in English


Manny Pina (TCR)


Bradley Plummer (TCR)

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Trisha Pokrass | MATC 

BA | Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi | English

MA | Texas Tech University | Technical Communication and Rhetoric

Research interests: Rhetorical Ecology, Rhetoric of Science, Social Media, Adolescent Literacy, First Year Compositions, Composition Pedagogy

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Jennifer Popa | PhD (LIT)

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Cynthia Pope | PhD (TCR)


MA | Minnesota State U | Communications
MA | Minnesota State U | Rhetoric/Composition
MS | Minnesota State U | Reading

Research Interests: Rhetoric of Public Art, Document Design, Experience Architecture, and Composition Studies


Samodh Porawagamage (LIT)


Matthew Porto (LIT)

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Hugh Pressley | PhD (TCR)

M.Ed. | College of Charleston | Languages

B.A. | Charleston Southern University | English Education

B.A. | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Languages

Research interests: Visual Rhetorics, Information Design, Public Education Administration, Intercultural Issues in Technical Communication


Thomas Scott Randall (TCR)


Georgianna Ravenna (LIT)

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Tiffani Reardon | PhD (TCR)

tiffani.reardon@ttu.edu | http://tiffanireardon.com

MS | Georgia State University | Instructional Design and Technology

Research Interests: Teaching Technical Communication/Writing, Open Educational Resources, Open Pedagogy, Affordable Learning, Instructional Design & Technology, Online/Hybrid/Technology-Enhanced Teaching


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Eric Melvin Reed | PhD (TCR)


M.S. | University of Nebraska | Political Science
M.A. | University of Nebraska | English
M.A. | University of Nebraska | History

Research interests: Rhetoric of History and social sciences

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Daniel Riechers | PhD (TCR)

AAS | Fox Valley Technical College | Avionics Technology

BLS | University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh | Liberal Studies, English

MA | University of Minnesota | English Literature

MS | North Carolina State University | Technical Communication

Research Interests: Rhetoric of Environmental Health, Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Public Engagement with Science, Information Design, Faculty Development, Grant Writing

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David Robledo | PhD (TCR)

David.Robledo@ttu.edu  | praxisandpedagogy.com

MA | Texas A&M

Research Interests: New Media & Science Communication


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Bernadette V. Russo (LIT)

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Sara Ryan - PhD (CW)

sara.ryan@ttu.edu  www.sararryan.com

BA | University of Miami

MFA | Northern Michigan University

Research Interests: poetry, material culture and criticism, poetic forms, hybrid writing, image/text literature and visual culture, the lyric essay

Publications: Sara Ryan's work has been published in or is forthcoming from DIALOGIST, Thrush Poetry Journal, DIAGRAM, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, American Literary Review and others. She is the author of the chapbooks Never Leave the Foot of an Animal Unskinned (Porkbelly Press) and Excellent Evidence of Human Activity (The Cupboard Pamphlet). In 2018, she was the winner of Grist Journal's Pro Forma Contest and the Big Sky, Small Prose Contest at Cutbank Literary Magazine.



David Scott (TCR)


Claire Seekins (TCR)


BA | English

Research Interests: writing centers

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Meghan Self | PhD (LIT)


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Mark Shealy | PhD (TCR)

MA | Mississippi State University | English

MS | University of North Texas | Information Science

Research interests: Online Education, Learning Management Systems, Writing Program Administration, Feminism, New Materialism, Embodiment, Philosophy of Technology

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Macy Skipworth | PhD (LIT)


BA | Lubbock Christian University | English
MA | Texas Tech University | English

Research interests: film and media studies, African American film and literature, jazz studies, early 19th-century media and economy

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Rebekah Smith| MA (TCR)


BA | Southern Utah University | English Literature

Technical Writing Certificate | Southern Utah University

Research Interests: Composition, User-Centered Design, & Feminist and Transcultural Rhetoric(s)



Brandi Smith-Irving (TCR)


Cecilia Solis-Sublette (TCR)


 James Stewart (TCR)


Andrea Stone (TCR)

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Erica M. Stone | PhD (TCR) 

erica.stone@ttu.edu | http://www.ericamstone.com

M.A. | University of Alabama | English Education

B.F.A | Auburn University | Fine Arts

Research Interests: Community organizing rhetorics, organizational communication, social change and social justice in TPC.


Will Streit (TCR)

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Katie Tighe | MA (TCR)

BA | Texas A&M University | Telecommunication Media Studies, Spanish Minor

Research interests: Editing, Technical Writing, Usability, Writing Center Pedagogy, Graphic Design, New Media, Mediated Communication, Intersection of Rhetoric and Technology


Jeremy Tow (TCR) 

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Rebecca Trammell | MA (LIT)

BA | Texas A&M University | English

MEd | Texas A&M University | Secondary Education, Curriculum, and Instruction

Research Interests: Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Century Literature, Multicultural Literature, Speculative Fiction, Feminist Perspectives

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Charity Tran | PhD (TCR)

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Jessica Ulmer | PhD (TCR)


BA | Westfield State University | English Education
MEd | Elms College | English Education
MA | Rhode Island College | English Composition and Rhetoric

Research Interests: transfer of writing-related knowledge, disciplinary literacies & pedagogies; first-year composition as writing studies, children's and adolescent literatures, literacy and motivation, and developing digital literacy in writing courses.


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Sarah Banschbach Valles | PhD (LIT)


BA | Texas A&M University | English
MA | University of Texas of the Permian Basin | English

Research interests: Renaissance poetry, lyric, early modern religion and politics, ritual studies, spatial studies, material culture, book history, digital humanities, intersections between textual and visual arts, writing centers


Victoria VanZandt | MATC



BA | Technical Communications, Minor in English



Theresa Walsh (TCR)

Valerie Wayson | PHD (LIT)

BA | University of Texas at Austin | Linguistics, French

MFA| Georgia College | Creative Writing

Research interests: Travel writing, historiography, linguistics


Kristen West (TCR)


Mary Ann Widerburg | PhD


B.A. | Brigham Young University |English

M.A. | Utah State University | English

Research Interests: post-9/11 literature, contemporary American literature, postcolonial literature and theory, feminist theory

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Darin Williams| PHD (TCR)

BA | Morehouse College | Mathematics

MA | UC Berkeley | Education

Dorothy Williams
Dorothy Williams | MATC

BA | McMurry University | English

Research interests: Instructional Design, Social Justice through Technical Communication, Pedagogy, Whiteness Studies, Intercultural Communication


Jiaxin Zhang | PhD (TCR)


M.S. | Technical Communication

Research Interests: Intercultural Communication; User Experience; Content Strategy

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