Comp/Rhet Graduate Faculty


Heidi McKeeHeidi McKee (PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2005)
Professor, English Department
Affiliate Faculty, Armstrong Interactive Media Studies
Areas: Business and professional communication; digital writing and rhetoric, writing center and program administration, research ethics and methodologies.

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

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

Sara Webb-SunderhausSara Webb-Sunderhaus (PhD, The Ohio State University, 2006)
Association Professor of English, Director of Composition
Areas: Composition theories, histories, and pedagogies; literacy studies, Appalachian studies, retention and writing studies; feminist methodologies and pedagogies

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

Lizzie HuttonLizzie Hutton (PhD, University of Michigan, 2018)
Assistant Professor of English, Director of the Howe Writing Center 
Areas: Writing Studies, literacy studies, reading-writing connection, disciplinary history of English studies, writing center studies, transfer studies

Emily LeggEmily 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, Chief Department Adviser and Assistant Chair
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