Comp/Rhet Graduate Faculty

Graduate students often work with faculty from across the department, taking advantage of our rich interdisciplinary expertise in areas such as


Jim PorterJames E. Porter (PhD, University of Detroit, 1982)
Professor of English and Armstrong Interactive Media Studies
Areas: Rhetoric theory and history, professional communication, digital rhetoric, rhetorical ethics, intellectual property, online writing instruction

John TassoniJohn Tassoni (PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1992)
Professor of English (Middletown Campus)
Area: Composition and rhetoric, open-access issues

Elizabeth WardleElizabeth Wardle (PhD, Iowa State University, 2003)
Howe Professor and Director of Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence
Areas: Transfer, threshold concepts, FYC as writing studies, writing program administration, composition theory, genre theory, activity theory

Associate Professors

Heidi McKeeHeidi McKee (PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2005)
Roger and Joyce L. Howe Professor of Writing
Associate Professor of English and Director of the Howe Writing Initiative in the Farmer School of Business
Areas: Business and professional communication; digital writing and rhetoric, writing center and program administration, research ethics and methodologies.

Jason PalmeriJason Palmeri (PhD, Ohio State University, 2006)
Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition
Areas: Composition history and theory, digital and multimodal writing pedagogies, queer and disability rhetorics

Michele SimmonsMichele Simmons (PhD, Purdue University, 2000)
Associate Professor of English, Director of Professional Writing
Areas: Public rhetorics and civic engagement, research methodologies, visual and digital rhetoric, community-based research, environmental rhetoric, professional communication

Assistant Professors

Linh DichLinh Dich (PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2012)
Assistant Professor of English (Middletown Campus)
Areas: Language practices, representation, race, Asian-American rhetoric, community and public theories in digital environments

Emily Legg (PhD, Purdue University, 2016)
Assistant Professor of English
Areas: Indigenous rhetorics, cultural rhetorics, digital rhetoric, new media and composition, professional writing

Tim LockridgeTim Lockridge (PhD, Virginia Tech, 2012) 
Assistant Professor of English
Areas: Digital rhetoric, writing technologies, composition theory and history, digital publishing, web standards and markup languages, publics and counterpublics


Gabriele BechtelGabriele Bechtel (PhD, Rensselaer University, 2009)
Lecturer in English
Areas: Second language writing and communication, reflection in teaching and learning, integrative pedagogies, intercultural communication

Tony CimaskoTony Cimasko (PhD, Purdue University, 2009)
Lecturer in English and ESL Composition Coordinator
Areas: Second-language writing, participation by second language learners in mixed L1/L2 classrooms, multimodal composing, and mismatches between student expectations and writing program standards