Comp/Rhet Faculty

Gabriele Bechtel

PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2009

Associate Teaching Professor
Chief Department Adviser and Assistant Chair

Patricia Chambers

M.P.W. (Master of Professional Writing), University of Southern California
J.D., Case Western Reserve University

Visiting Assistant Instructor

Areas: Business and professional communication, technical writing/communication, marketing communication/strategy, legal writing/business law, grant writing/non-profit development, composition/rhetoric, and creative writing

Tony Cimasko

PhD, Purdue University, 2009

Senior 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

Linh 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 environment

Theresa (Tess) Evans

PhD, Ball State University, 2012

Assistant Teaching Professor

Areas: Business and professional communication, hybrid and online writing instruction, digital and multimodal writing and rhetoric, industrial-age advertising rhetoric. 

Lizzie 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 Legg

PhD, Purdue University, 2016

Assistant Professor of English

Areas: Indigenous rhetorics, cultural rhetorics, digital rhetoric, new media and composition, professional writing

Tim Lockridge

PhD, Virginia Tech, 2012

Associate Professor of English, Director of Professional Writing

Areas: Digital rhetoric, writing technologies, composition theory and history, digital publishing, web standards and markup languages, publics and counterpublics

Heidi 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.

Jason Palmeri Jason Palmeri

PhD, Ohio State University, 2007

Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of Ohio Writing Project

Areas: Composition history and theory, digital and multimodal writing pedagogies, digital humanities, English Education, queer pedagogies and rhetorics

James Porter

PhD, University of Detroit, 1982

Professor of English and Emerging Technology in Business & Design

Areas: Rhetoric theory and history, professional communication, digital rhetoric, rhetorical ethics, intellectual property, online writing instruction

Michele Simmons  

PhD, Purdue University, 2000

Associate Professor of English

Areas: Public rhetorics and civic engagement, research methodologies, visual and digital rhetoric, community-based research, environmental rhetoric, professional communication

Adam Strantz

PhD, Purdue University

Assistant Professor, English and Emerging Technology in Business
and Design

Areas: Digital rhetoric, data visualization, accessibility, graphic design, computer code, professional writing

John Tassoni

PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1992

Professor of English (Middletown Campus)

Areas: Composition and rhetoric, open-access issues

Peter Torres

Peter Joseph Torres

PhD, Linguistics, University of California, Davis, 2022

Visiting Assistant Professor and Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellow

Areas: Applied sociolinguistics, language policy, corpus linguistics, sociophonetics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, language and issues of gender, race, and culture, language and social media, American dialects Language and health, including issues of pain and opioids. Language and body. Doctor-patient interactions


Elizabeth Wardle

PhD, Iowa State University, 2003

Roger and Joyce Howe Distinguished Professor of Written Communication
Director, Howe Center for Writing Excellence

Areas: Transfer, threshold concepts, FYC as writing studies, writing program administration, composition theory, genre theory, activity theory

Sara Webb-Sunderhaus

PhD, The Ohio State University, 2006

Associate Professor of English, Director of Composition

Areas: Composition theories, histories, and pedagogies; literacy studies, Appalachian studies, retention and writing studies; feminist methodologies and pedagogies