Spring 2019 Newsletter from Writing Studies

Greetings friends and alumni,

The Department of Writing Studies has had a busy semester! Catch up on the news. 

Department Happenings and News

  • The Departments of Writing Studies and Communication Studies are pleased to announce the hiring of Rachel Presley for our joint hire assistant professor position in rhetorical theory. We look forward to her joining us in September 2019.
  • We are pleased to welcome Aki Ito as a new member of the Technical Communication Advisory Board. A native of Japan, Aki Ito is an experienced localization professional who has worked in the industry since 1996 in sales, operation management, and consulting.
  • Dr. Jason Tham defended his dissertation “Multimodality, Makerspaces, and the Making of a Maker Pedagogy for Technical Communication and Rhetoric.” Jason will be joining the faculty at Texas Tech as an assistant professor of technical communication and rhetoric in the Department of English.


Alumni Accolades & News

  • Congrats to Amy Propen (PhD ‘07, RSTC) on receiving tenure and promotion to associate professor at UC Santa Barbara!
  • Kirk St. Amant (PhD ‘02, RSTC ) presented a session, "Research, Scholarly Identity, and the Academic Career Space," to our graduate students.
  • TCAB members Karin Goettsch (PhD ‘14, RSTC) and Sam Racine (PhD ‘02, RSTC), along with former faculty member Janel Anderson, presented a panel webinar on global virtual teams.
  • Cristina Hanganu-Bresch (PhD ’08, RSTC) and the late Dr. Carol Berkenkotter's book Diagnosing Madness: The Discursive Construction of the Psychiatric Patient, 1850–1920, is available to pre-order.

Warm regards,

Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch

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