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Interim Director
traci

Dr. Traci Zimmerman, Associate Professor and Interim Director

Office Location:
Harrison 2283
(540) 568-2334
zimmerta@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Authorship; Intellectual Property, Fair Use and Copyright; Early Modern Print Culture; Semantics, Pragmatics, Semiotics, and Evolutionary/Historical Linguistics; Aurality, Orality, and Literacy; Postmodern Rhetoric

Administrative Assistants
Knapp

Mrs. Kristin Knapp
Harrison Suite 2276
(540) 568-6004
knappkl@jmu.edu


Purington

Mrs. Sandra Purington
Harrison Suite 2276
(540) 568-4969
puringsk@jmu.edu


Faculty

aley

Dr. Shelley Aley, Associate Professor and Internship Coordinator

Office Location:
Harrison 1119
(540) 568-6162
aleysb@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Histories of rhetoric, 18th- and 19th-century Scottish rhetoric, computers and writing in the FYC course, teaching writing online, tech. and rhetoric, rhetoric of science, writing in the public sphere

allen

Ms. Cindy Allen, Instructor and Internship Cooordinator

Office Location:
Harrison 2295
(540) 568-2512
allen2cj@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Editing; document design; communication ethics; adult/non-traditional learners; service learning/real world applications

jen a

Dr. Jen Almjeld, Assistant Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 2284
(540) 568-8070
almjeljm@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
New media theory; identity, gender, and composition pedagogies; outreach work incuding tween technology summer camp

Bednar

Dr. Lucy Bednar, Assistant Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 2263
(540) 568-8160
bednarlx@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
The coming together of literature and technology in the audiobook; making the architecture and operation of language more visible to students; technology and culture; intercultural technical communication

burton

Dr. Larry Burton, Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 1111
(540) 568-3978
burtonlw@jmu.edu

 

cohen

Dr. Ralph Cohen, Provost Distinguished Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 2286
(540) 568-7817
cohen2rx@jmu.edu

 

comfort

Ms. Heather Comfort, Assistant Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 1118
(540) 568-2292
comforhe@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
The personal narrative; creative nonfiction; the lyric essay; contemporary poetry; the writers' workshop; writing across the disciplines

crow

Dr. Angela Crow, Associate Professor and Director of First-Year Writing

Office Location:
Harrison 2260
(540) 568-8018
crowad@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Literacy acquisition - how people acquire contemporary digital literacies and what stories people tell about their literary accumulations


jared

Mr. Jared Featherstone, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the University Writing Center

Office Location:
Wilson 413
(540) 568-1759
feathejj@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Fiction, multi-media narrative, creative nonfiction, online learning, instructional technology, Writing Across the Curriculum, and writing center theory

susan

Dr. Susan Ghiaciuc, Associate Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 2271
(540) 568-1613
ghiacisx@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Literacy studies, ESL writers, participatory action research, rural rhetorics, social justice

elisabeth

Dr. Elisabeth Gumnior, Associate Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 1117
(540) 568-6133
gumnioec@jmu.edu

 

erin

Ms. Erin Lambert Hartman, Assistant Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 2262
(540) 568-3301
lambe2ek@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Popular writing; the writing workshop; contemporary poetry; the lyric essay; narrative writing

hawthorne

Dr. Mark Hawthorne, Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 2256
(540) 568-6655
hawthomd@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Web design, electronic graphics, publication management, document design

kevin

Mr. Kevin Jefferson, Instructor and University Writing Center Consultant

Office Location:
Harrison 2293
(540) 568-3579
jefferkx@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Rhetoric, FYC, 19th- and 20th-century British and American literature

michaelk

Dr. Michael J. Klein, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Office Location:
Harrison 2264
(540) 568-3763
kleinmj@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Scientific rhetoric, science and medical writing, media representations of science and technology, community-based learning

scott

Dr. S. Scott Lunsford, Assistant Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 2292
(540) 568-4925
lunsfoss@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Disciplinarity; writing-about-writing; rhetoric of materiality, space, and the body; Foucault

martin

Ms. Cynthia Martin, Instructor

Office Location:
Harrison 2273
(540) 568-7360
marti2cs@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Researched argument, teacher education, assessment

mccarthy

Dr. Seán McCarthy, Assistant Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 1114
(540) 568-3146
mccartsr@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Intersections between digital rhetorics and civic engagement, in particular how partnerships between universities and off-campus partners can use media to effectively respond to complex social problems

karen

Ms. Karen McDonnell, Instructor

Office Location:
Harrison 2294
(540) 568-7941
mcdonnkm@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
style, usage and mechanics, idiom, 19th-century British female novelists, gender and rhetoric, popular culture

michaelm

Dr. Michael Moghtader, Associate Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 1113
(540) 568-5634
moghtamx@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
First-year composition, critical pedagogy,
English studies history and reform, graduate education

molloy

Dr. Cathryn Molloy, Assistant Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 1125
(540) 568-2335
molloycs@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Rhetorics of the behavioral health sciences; rhetorics of the everyday; feminist rhetorics; linguistic diversity

sarah

Ms. Sarah H. O'Connor, Associate Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 2272
(540) 568-6242
oconnosh@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Service learning, creative nonfiction, ESL, literature in the composition classroom, autobiography

parrish

Dr. Alex Parrish, Assistant Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 2270
(540) 568-3584
parrisac@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
The history of rhetoric, comparative rhetoric, rhetoric and evolution, animal rhetorics, and the rhetorics of scientific and technical communication

Pass

Dr. Elizabeth Pass, Associate Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 2258
(540) 568-8139
passer@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
The study and production of the online and webbed environments, primarily to prepare students for cutting-edge industries in technical communication


philbin

Dr. Alice Philbin, Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 2252
(540) 568-8138
philbiai@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Technical communication program leadership; academic and business partnerships; technical, governmental, and managerial communication; technical communication editing, electronic editing, and work place communication

vanessa

Dr. Vanessa Rouillon, Assistant Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 1128
(540) 568-7919
rouillvi@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
African American rhetoric(s); historiography; oral histories; imperial and domestic archives; community education; prison education; freshman composition; writing center pedagogy


kurt

Dr. Kurt Schick, Associate Professor and
Director, JMU Learning Centers

Office Location:
Wilson 105
(540) 568-6203
schickke@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Writing pedagogy, rhetoric, writing centers

laura

Ms. Laura Schubert, Instructor and University Writing Center Consultant

Office Location:
Harrison 1125
(540) 568-2335
schubelk@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Writing center pedagogy, critical reading, service learning, narratology, Isabel Allende


smith
smith

Mr. Michael Smith, Associate Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 2265
(540) 568-7943 and (540) 958-3345
smithmx@jmu.edu


jim

Dr. Jim Zimmerman, Associate Professor

Office Location:
Harrison 1115
(540) 568-7087
zimmerjr@jmu.edu

Research Interests:
Rhetorical theory and practice in 21st century American culture, especially language and the arts, professional communication, and visual rhetoric (video, film, graphics); purposeful writing for all occasions (including fiction); video for personal and professional development; reading