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Faculty

Faculty in the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota are recognized around the world for their outstanding contributions to teaching and scholarship in rhetoric, writing, and technical communication. Our twelve tenured professors take great pride in working with students to explore areas including writing and digital media; writing in technical, medical, and workplace settings; writing in relation to history, culture, society, and politics.

Students who take classes in writing studies also benefit from the experience and knowledge of our full time professional instructors, graduate instructors, and teaching assistants. Our instructional staff are experts in the teaching of writing, especially first year composition and technical writing.

Full-Time Faculty

Name Contact Specialty Office Hours
Carol Berkenkotter
Professor
220 Nolte
612-624-3721
cberken@umn.edu
Rhetoric of psychiatry, genre theory, genre analysis On leave
Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch
Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
205 Nolte
612-624-6727
lkbreuch@umn.edu
Rhetoric and technical communication, writing theory and pedagogy, online writing instruction, usability and human factors Mondays & Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 p.m. & by appointment
Patrick Bruch
Associate Professor
Director of First-Year Writing
209 Nolte
612-625-6041
patbruch@umn.edu
Theory and history of composition studies, critical literacy and critical pedagogy, cultural studies Wednesdays & Thursdays 12:30-1:30 p.m. & by appointment
Ann Hill Duin
Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
(MS & Certificate)
201 Nolte
612-625-9259
ahduin@umn.edu
Collaboration, distance education, partnerships Online by appointment (Google Hangout or Skype)
Richard Graff
Associate Professor
221 Nolte
612-624-4985
graff013@umn.edu
Classical rhetoric, contemporary rhetorical theory, stylistics & rhetorical criticism Mondays 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. & by appointment
Laura Gurak
Professor
Chair
233 Nolte
612-624-1784
gurakl@umn.edu
Rhetorical theory; Internet studies; technical writing and communication; digital research methods Mondays 1:00-2:00 p.m. & by appointment
Christina Haas
Professor
Editor, Written Communication
211 Nolte
612-625-1815
chaas@umn.edu
Literacy theory, history, and research On leave
Anne Lazaraton
Associate Professor
Director, Writing for International Students (WINS)
200 Nolte
612-626-9372
lazaratn@umn.edu
Applied linguistics Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 p.m. & Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 p.m. 
John Logie
Associate Professor
206 Nolte
612-624-4709
logie@umn.edu
Rhetorical theory, rhetoric of electronic writing spaces, sophistic rhetoric Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 p.m., & by appointment
Thomas Reynolds
Associate Professor
207 Nolte
612-626-0065
reyno004@umn.edu
Composition Studies, Literacy History Mondays & Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & by appointment
Donald Ross
Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
(MA & PhD)
223 Nolte
612-625-5585
rossj001@umn.edu
Travel writing; rhetoric of argument; computers in writing instruction; writing in academic disciplines After class & by appointment
Mary Schuster
Professor
225 Nolte
612-624-2262
mmlay@umn.edu
Rhetoric of the law; feminist perspectives on domestic violence and sexual assault Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. & by appointment

Affiliate Faculty

Affiliate faculty have their homes in other departments, but hold appointments in our graduate Rhetoric & Scientific and Technical Communication (RSTC) programs.

Name Contact Specialty
Lisa Albrecht
Associate Professor
School of Social Work
193 Peters Hall
612-624-3669
lalbrech@umn.edu
Feminist, multicultural and social justice education
Robert L. Brown, Jr.
Associate Professor
Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
206 Nicholson Hall
612-624-8878
brown004@umn.edu
Cultural studies of science and technology, rhetoric, literacy and critical pedagogy
Karlyn K. Campbell
Professor
Communication Studies
225A Ford Hall
612-624-9003
campb003@umn.edu
Rhetorical criticism, rhetorical theory, political communication
Shirley N. Garner
Professor
English
330B Lind Hall
612-625-1826
sngarner@umn.edu
Renaissance literature, Shakespeare, feminist studies in literature
Ronald W. Greene
Professor
Communication Studies
225 Ford Hall
612-624-2808
green179@umn.edu
Political communication, debates, civic education
Joseph A. Konstan
Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
5-207 Keller Hall
612-625-1831
konstan@umn.edu
Human-computer interaction, recommender systems, online community
Amy Lee
Professor
Postsecondary Teaching and Learning
206E Burton Hall
612-625-0884
amylee@umn.edu
Teaching writing, intersections of feminist, process, and critical pedagogies in composition classrooms
Cynthia Lewis
Professor
Curriculum and Instruction
336 Peik Hall
612-625-6313
lewis@umn.edu
Critical literacy and digital media in urban high schools, classroom discourse
Daniel J. Philippon
Associate Professor
English
21 Lind Hall
612-624-4209
danp@umn.edu
Environmental literature, history, and ethics; ideas of nature, culture, and place; human dimensions of conservation biology
Geoffrey Sirc
Professor
English
210J Lind Hall
612-625-0134
sirc@umn.edu
History, practice & theory of writing instruction; new media; hip hop; popular culture

Emeriti Faculty

Name Contact Specialty
Andrew Cohen
Professor Emeritus
adcohen@umn.edu Bilingual and immersion education
William Marchand
Professor Emeritus
march001@umn.edu Humanities
Earl McDowell
Professor Emeritus
mcdow001@umn.edu Technical communication apprehension
Tom Scanlan
Professor Emeritus
scanl001@umn.edu Humanities
Billie Wahlstrom
Professor Emerita
billie@umn.edu New and emerging technologies and their impact on learning and higher education organizations

Teaching Staff

Name Contact Specialty Office Hours
Maureen Aitken
Senior Teaching Specialist
307 Nolte
612-624-8777
aitke001@umn.edu
First-year writing Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. (in-person), Thursdays 11:30a.m.-12:30 p.m. (online), & by appointment
Mark Anderson
Senior Teaching Specialist
309 Nolte
612-625-0757
ander574@umn.edu
First-year writing Tuesdays 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. & 4:15-5:15 p.m.,
Thursdays 8:15-9:15 a.m. & 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m., & by appointment
Sandra Becker
Teaching Specialist
325 Nolte
becke004@umn.edu
Grant writing Wednesdays 3:00-5:30 p.m. & by appointment
Debra Blake
Lecturer
305 Nolte
612-626-8726
blakedj@umn.edu
First-year writing, multicultural studies Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-4:30 p.m. & by appointment
James Countryman
Senior Lecturer
319 Nolte
612-624-3361
countryj@umn.edu
First-year writing Mondays & Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 p.m., Thursdays 2:30-3:30 p.m., & by appointment 
Pat Eliason
Senior Teaching Specialist
318 Nolte
612-624-6384
elias002@umn.edu
First-year writing, multilingual learners, writing center consulting Tuesdays 9:00-11:00 a.m. & by appointment
Patty Fillipi
Senior Teaching Specialist
311 Nolte
612-625-0164
filli002@umn.edu
First-year writing, President's Emerging Scholars program Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:45-2:15 p.m. & by appointment
Anne Fretheim
Coordinator, Writing for International Students (WINS)
337C Nolte 
612-301-1317
fret0017@umn.edu
  Tuesdays 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m, Wednesdays 3:15-4:15 p.m., & by appointment
Brandi Fuglsby
Teaching Specialist
304 Nolte
fugls005@umn.edu
Technical writing Thursdays 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in person, & Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. via Google Hangout or Skype
Tim Gustafson
Senior Lecturer
337B Nolte
612-625-8671
tgus@umn.edu
First-year writing, technical & professional writing Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9:00-10:00 a.m. & by appointment
Joseph Holt
Teaching Specialist
Online
holt0415@umn.edu
Technical writing, editorial theory Online via Skype or by appointment
Sheryl Holt
First-Year Writing Coordinator
(Non-Native Speaker Sections)
321 Nolte
612-624-4524
holtx001@umn.edu
Second language writing, graduate writing and presentations across disciplines, technical and business writing Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m & by appointment
Barbara Horvath
Teaching Specialist
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies
202 Nolte
612-624-1902
horva003@umn.edu
Technical editing, visual communication Mondays & Wednesdays 3:00-5:00p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30a.m-4:30p.m., & by appointment
Kirsten Jamsen
Director, Center for Writing
10 Nicholson
612-625-5355
kjamsen@umn.edu
Writing across the curriculum, composition pedagogy, technology in writing centers and classrooms Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00-3:45 p.m. & by appointment
Matthew Kimlinger
Teaching Specialist
306 Nolte
612-625-4710
kimli013@umn.edu
First-year writing Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 9:30-11:00 a.m., & by appointment
Megan Mills-Rittmann
Lecturer
337A Nolte
612-625-6337
mills139@umn.edu
First-year writing Wednesdays & Fridays 10:00-11:00 a.m., Fridays 2:30-3:15 p.m. & by appointment
Joseph Moses
Senior Lecturer
313 Nolte
612-624-2199
moses004@umn.edu
Technical, professional, academic communication and project management Online & by appointment
Capper Nichols
Senior Lecturer
137A Ruttan
612-624-5345
nicho008@umn.edu
Technology studies, environmental history, travel writing Mondays & Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 p.m. & by appointment
Nissa Parmar
Lecturer 
137 Nolte
612-624-1282
nparmar@umn.edu
First-year writing Mondays & Wednesdays 9:45-11:00a.m. & by appointment
Laura Pigozzi
Lecturer
204 Nolte Center
612-626-4469
pigoz002@umn.edu
Professional writing, rhetoric of health and medicine, intercultural communication, bioethics Mondays & Wednesdays 12:00-1:15 p.m. via WebEx, 1:15-2:30 p.m. in person, & by appointment
Sarah Selz
Lecturer
323 Nolte
612-624-7991
selzx003@umn.edu
First-year writing, multilingual writing, student writing support Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 a.m., Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 p.m., & by appointment
Kimberley Strain
Senior Lecturer
317 Nolte
strai004@umn.edu
First-year writing, professional and technical writing, graduate writing, student writing support, multilingual writing Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Angelo Volpe
Senior Lecturer
310 Nolte
612-624-4394
volp0006@umn.edu
Argumentative writing, first-year writing Mondays & Fridays 12:00-1:00 p.m.,  Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Joe Weinberg
Lecturer
331G Nolte
612-626-8860
weinb110@umn.edu
Business writing Mondays & Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & by appointment
William West
Lecturer
213 Nolte
612-624-9729
westx005@umn.edu
Technical writing, medical writing Thursdays 1:00-2:00 p.m. via Moodle chat & by appointment

​Graduate Instructors

Name Contact Specialty Office Hours
Amanda Alexander Lind Hall
alex0203@umn.edu
English  
Christine Bachman-Sanders 331C Nolte
612-625-1398
bachm087@umn.edu
American Studies Mondays 1:10-3:00 p.m. & by appointment
Bridget Bergin Lind Hall
bergi045@umn.edu
English  
Nathan Bollig 335 Nolte 
612-626-5343
bolli046@umn.edu
Writing Studies Mondays & Fridays 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & by appointment
Christopher Bowman Lind Hall
bowma325@umn.edu
English  
Alexander Champoux 301 Nolte
612-625-2338
champ147@umn.edu
Writing Studies Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 p.m. & by appointment
Eunkyung Cho 26 Lind Hall
choxx518@umn.edu
English Wednesdays 3:20-5:20 p.m.
Nicole Ciulla 335A Nolte
612-624-3831
ciull002@umn.edu
Writing Studies Mondays 9:00-11:00 a.m., Thursdays 9:30-10:30 a.m., & by appointment
Jennifer Doane 331C Nolte
612-625-1398
doan0044@umn.edu
American Studies  
Abhay Rajesh Doshi 26 Lind Hall
doshi016@umn.edu
English  
Kira Dreher 331E Nolte
612-625-2666
drehe026@umn.edu
Writing Studies On leave
Ryan Eichberger 338A Nolte
612-624-3831
eichb003@umn.edu
Writing Studies Wednesdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bryan Erickson Lind Hall
eric3246@umn.edu
English  
Nicole Fisher 301 Nolte
612-625-2338
fishe818@umn.edu
Writing Studies Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30-11:00 a.m. & by appointment
McKinley Green 335 Nolte 
612-626-5343
gree1968@umn.edu
Writing Studies Mondays and Wednesdays 12:45-2:00 p.m. & by appointment
Joe Harris 24-25 Lind Hall
harr2114@umn.edu
English Wednesdays 1:15-3:15 p.m. & by appointment
Hyeryung Hwang Lind Hall
hwan0094@umn.edu
English Online by appointment
Youngbin Hyeon 26 Lind Hall
hyeon004@umn.edu
English Fridays 3:30-5:30 p.m & by appointment
Bomi Jeon 24 Lind Hall
jeonx134@umn.edu
English Mondays & Fridays 8:00-9:00 a.m. & by appointment
Melissa Johnson 26 Lind Hall
joh12032@umn.edu
English Thursdays 9:45 a.m-12:15 p.m. & by appointment
Hannah Jorgenson 26 Lind Hall
jorge549@umn.edu
English Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00-10:00 a.m. & by appointment
Liam Kane-Grade Lind Hall
kaneg003@umn.edu
English  
Miriam Karraker 24-25 Lind Hall
karr0073@umn.edu
English Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 a.m., Thursdays 12:30-1:30 p.m., & by appointment
Juliette Lapyrouse-Cherry 300 Nolte
612-626-2248
lapey002@umn.edu
Writing Studies Mondays 8:50-10:20 a.m., Wednesdays 8:50-9:50 a.m., & by appointment
David Lemke 26 Lind Hall
lemke074@umn.edu
English Mondays & Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Jenna Lester 26 Lind Hall
leste101@umn.edu
English Mondays & Thursdays 3:00-4:00 p.m. & by appointment
Chris Lindgren 331E Nolte
612-625-2666
lindg250@umn.edu
Writing Studies  
Elizabeth Mackey Online
macke175@umn.edu
Writing Studies Online, by appointment via Google Hangouts
Charlotte Madere 26 Lind Hall
mader043@umn.edu
English Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. & by appointment
Samantha Majhor 137 Ruttan Hall
majh0002@umn.edu
English Wednesdays 9:00-11:30 a.m. & by appointment
Megan McGrath 316 Nolte
612-624-1428
mcgra340@umn.edu
Writing Studies Tuesdays 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.via Moodle or Google Chat/Hangout, & in person by appointment
Evelyn Meisenbacher 335 Nolte
612-626-5343
meise014@umn.edu
Writing Studies Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00-2:15 p.m. & by appointment
Melissa Merte 26 Lind Hall
merte149@umn.edu
English  
Saeide Mirzaei 26 Lind Hall
mirza025@umn.edu
English  
Sarah Puett 300 Nolte
612-626-2248
puett008@umn.edu
Writing Studies Tuesdays 8:00-9:30 a.m., Thursdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & by appointment 
Kari Putterman 316 Nolte
612-624-1428
putte003@umn.edu
Writing Studies  
Jeremy Rosselot-Merritt 335A Nolte
612-624-3831
rosse070@umn.edu
Writing Studies Tuesdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & Thursdays 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Shavera Seneviratne 25 Lind Hall
senev007@umn.edu
English  
Jarron Slater 338B Nolte
612-626-5343
slate151@umn.edu
Writing Studies Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 2:15-3:30 p.m. & by appointment
Aleisha Smith 26 Lind Hall
smit8429@umn.edu
English Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:45-3:45 p.m. & by appointment
Connor Stratton 26 Lind Hall
strat138@umn.edu
English Fridays 12:10-2:10 pm. & by appointment
Jason Tham 302 Nolte
612-625-4495
thamx007@umn.edu
Writing Studies Mondays & Fridays from 10:00 p.m.-midnight via Moodle chat, & by appointment
Rachel Tofteland-Trampe 331E Nolte
612-625-2666
rtoftela@umn.edu
Writing Studies Mondays 9:00-11:30 a.m. & by appointment
Matthew Treon 331C Nolte
612-625-1398
treon005@umn.edu
American Studies Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 p.m. & by appointment
Saveena Veeramoothoo 335A Nolte
612-624-3831
veera019@umn.edu
Writing Studies Mondays 9:00-10:30 a.m., Wednesdays 10:00-11.00 a.m.,  & by appointment
Joseph Whitson 331C Nolte
612-625-1398
whits018@umn.edu
American Studies  
Allie Zimmerman 26 Lind Hall
zimme911@umn.edu
English Tuesdays 2:15-3:15 p.m., Fridays 12:15-1:15 p.m., & by appointment