- Professor of Writing Studies; Faculty Director
- Center for Innovative Teaching
- and Learning; Associate Dean
- Undergraduate Education
Please note: Dr. Madeleine Sorapure is the Director of the Writing Program.
I work with faculty and students to identify characteristics associated with "good literacy" practices. With faculty, this means studying constituent elements of expertise and knowledge-making within disciplines. With students, it means studying, practicing with, and contributing to knowledge-making. Most of my teaching occurs in my role as Faculty Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning (CITRAL). I also occasionally teach courses associated with public engagement and public discourse, and graduate courses in composition theory and pedagogy. Outside of UCSB, I work with faculty across the country on issues related to inclusive teaching and assessment.
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Katie Baillargeon teaches a range of academic writing courses, from lower-division Writing 1, 2, ACE, and 50, to upper-division 109s like Writing in the Humanities and Writing in the Social Sciences. She also teaches 107L—Legal Writing—in the professional writing series. Each summer, she runs UCSB's Dissertation Write-in for graduate students across the campus. Her research interests include how these dissertation boot camps aid student writers, food writing, and 17th-century French opera.
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Norman Douglas ("Doug") Bradley teaches STEM-centered courses, including those within the undergraduate engineering sequence (Writing 1E, 2E, and 50E), Writing for Science and Technology (Writing 109ST), Writing for Health Professionals (Writing 109HP), and Writing and the Research Process (Writing 50) on the topic of urban legends, conspiracy theories, and hoaxes. He also teaches Scientific Literacy (Writing 159A) and Science Communication (Writing 259).
Kara Mae Brown teaches Writing 2 and Writing for Public Discourse (105PD), as well as a number of writing courses in the College of Creative Studies. Her research interests include assessment, online writing instruction, and multimodal composition. She also writes and publishes short stories and essays.
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Ljiljana Coklin teaches a variety of writing classes: Writing 50 (Academic Research), 109F (Film), 107G (Global Studies), 107B (Business Writing), and 109HU (Humanities). Her teaching and research interests focus on issues of migrations, border crossings, gender and citizenship in a contemporary global society and culture. She is also interested in the role of communication in international conflicts and its potential in peace initiatives. She is an avid reader of contemporary fiction.
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Craig Cotich teaches Grammar and Stylistics, Professional Editing, Writing for the Teaching Professions, Business Writing, as well as a range of academic writing courses. Specializing in two areas within the UCSB Writing Program, he directs the Professional Editing track of the minor and chairs the ACE program.
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Chris Dean teaches Writing 1, Writing 2, Writing in Community (105CW), Rhetoric and Writing (105R), Multimedia Writing (105M), and Writing for the Teaching Professions (109ED).
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Auli Ek teaches Writing 2 (Academic Writing), Writing 50 (Writing and the Research Process), Business Writing (107B), Professional Writing for Global Careers (107G), and Legal Writing (107EP). Her teaching and research interests include Writing Studies, writing pedagogy, U.S. cultures, and social and criminal justice. Her publications include Race and Masculinity in Contemporary American Prison Narratives (Routledge, 2005).
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Patricia Fancher is a lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she teaches and researches digital media, technical rhetoric, and feminist rhetorics. Her research on gender and digital media has been published in Rhetoric Review, Present Tense, Computers & Composition and Enculturation. In addition to her research on digital media, she also designs and produces feminist digital media, which can be found in the Fall 2015 and 2016 issues of Peitho Journal. She is the Director of Outreach for the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition.
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Daniel Frank teaches multimedia and technical writing in classes such as Writing 1E and 2E, Writing 107T, and Writing 105M. Dan’s research interests include game-based pedagogy, virtual text-spaces, passionate affinity spaces, and connected learning. As a gamer and a performer, Dan is continually interested in helping students find their own passion as they learn to create, play, and communicate research, argumentation, and writing across genres.
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Leslie Hammer teaches Writing 1, Writing 2, Writing 50, Business and Administrative Writing (107B), Writing for Chicana/o Studies (109CS), Writing for the Humanities (109HU), Writing for the Social Sciences (109SS), and the ACE sequence. She received her Ph.D. in Literature from UC San Diego. Her areas of specialization include sentimentalism, nineteenth-century US literature, multi-ethnic US literature, US women's writings, autobiography studies, gender studies, and composition studies.
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Jeff Hanson teaches Writing for Public Speaking (105PS), Professional Writing for Global Careers (107G), and Business and Administrative Writing (107B), as well as graduate courses in the English for Multilingual Speakers Program / Linguistics.
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Sarah Hirsch teaches Writing 1, 2, 107J, 107M, 109HU, and 109V. She received her Ph.D. in English from UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis on American literature and martime culture. Her current research interests are visual rhetoric and New Orleans, as she is working on the visual representation of the "X Code." The "X" was spray painted on the homes and buildings by Urban Search and Rescue teams in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Sarah's reserach focuses on the intepretation of these images and the reinterpretation and repurposing of them by New Orleans' residents. She is also working on visual, material and emobodied rhetorics of the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans.
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Peter Huk teaches a variety of writing classes, primarily the engineering writing sequence, Writing for Global Careers, Writing for Film, and Writing for the Humanities. His pedagogy and research interests include contemplative inquiry and reflection in the writing classroom and representation in documentary film.
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Jennifer Johnson teaches Approaches to University Writing (Writing 1) and Academic Writing (Writing 2), as well as Rhetoric and Writing (105R), Writing for the Social Sciences (109SS), Writing for Accounting (107A), and Academic Writing: Theory and Practice (501). She holds a Ph.D. in Composition and TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her current research interests include the training and preparation of composition teachers, genre theory, disciplinarity, and the relationship between composition and literary studies.
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Robert Krut teaches Writing 1-2 (through the ACE Program), 50 (with a focus on "Cultural Groundbreakers"), 105C, 107B, 109F, and works extensively with community outreach. In addition to his work in the Writing Program, he teaches creative writing and literature in the College of Creative Studies. He is the author of three books: The Now Drak Sky, Setting Us All on Fire (Codhill/SUNY Press, 2019), which received the Codhill Poetry Award, This is the Ocean (Bona Fide Books, 2013) recipient of the Melissa Gregory Lanitis Poetry Prize, and The Spider Sermons (BlazeVox Books, 2009). His poetry has also appeared in numerous literary journals, both in print and online.
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Dr. Kryder directs the Business Communication track of the Professional Writing Minor; those courses are Business Communication for Client Projects(Writ 157A), Strategic Business Communication( Writ 157B), and Internships (Writ 150). She also teaches Writing for Environmental Professions (Writ 107EP), Writing for Sustainability (Writ 105S), and Writing for Public Relations (Writ 107P).
Her research interests are with students' successful transition from academia to the professional world, sustainability practices in business, and nature interpretation.
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- Associate Professor of Writing
- Director of the Ph.D. Emphasis in Writing Studies
- Affiliate Faculty Member in Education
Karen Lunsford teaches Science Writing for the Public (105SW), Writing for the Health Professions (109HP), Writing for Science and Technology (109ST), Academic Research Writing (251), Teaching Technical Communication (252), the Proseminar for the Writing Studies Emphasis (502A/B), and Literacy in the Information Age (Education 202F).
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Patrick McHugh teaches Writing 50 (Work in the 21st Century), and a number of 100-level courses including Business Writing and Creative Nonfiction.
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Paul Mena teaches Journalism and News Writing, Journalism for Web and Social Media, and Writing and Ethics. He received his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Florida. His areas of research are journalism, misinformation, fact-checking, and credibility. His academic work has been published in Journalism Practice and Policy & Internet.
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Ilene Miele teaches advanced courses in professional writing like Writing for the Teaching Professions (109ED), Writing about Sustainability (105S), and Creative Nonfiction (105C). She also teaches Writing 1 and 2 for the ACE Program (Academic Communities of Excellence).
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Janet Mizrahi teaches Journalistic Writing (107J), Writing for Public Relations (107P), Web Content (107WC), Business and Administrative Writing (107B), and Health Professions (109HP), as well as a course in the Science Communication track of the Professional Writing Minor, Science Communication for the Public (159B). Ms. Mizrahi writes a professional blog and reads contemporary fiction to excess.
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Nomi Morris teaches Journalism Today (W24), Journalism and News Writing (107J), Journalism for Web and Social Media (W126), and International Reporting (X415). She currently serves as director of UC Santa Barbara’s Journalism Certificate Program. Morris came to UCSB with a background in international journalism, writing on the arts and religion, narrative nonfiction, essay, and commentary. Her work has been published in TIME, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Ascent and other media outlets and literary journals. She has been a foreign correspondent in Europe and the Middle East and holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction).
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Dipali Murti teaches Writing for Business (107B), Journalism and News Writing (107J), and Writing for Global Careers (107G). Her research and teaching interests are intercultural business communication and how social media and Millennials are changing marketing and communication strategies within the business world.
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Amy Propen teaches courses in rhetoric and professional writing, including Writing About Sustainability, Multimedia Writing, and Environmental Rhetoric. Her research interests focus on visual-material and environmental rhetorics, posthumanism, animal studies, and rhetoric as advocacy. Her recent book, Visualizing Posthuman Conservation in the Age of the Anthropocene, was published with The Ohio State University Press in 2018. Her new book project, At Home in the Anthropocene, is a follow-up to Visualizing Posthuman Conservation and is under advance contract with The Ohio State UP.
Bob Samuels teaches Writing for Public Discourse (105PD), Writing for the Social Sciences (109SS), Writing for the Teaching Professions (109ED), and Rhetoric and Writing (105R).
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Kenny Smith teaches introductory composition (Writing 1 & 2), writing and the philosophy of language (Writing 105P), and scientific communication courses (Writing 1E & 2E, Writing 109ST, and Writing 105SW). His research focuses on how literacy skills transfer from the classroom to the outside world, particularly in regard to the interpretation of scientific texts and journalism. When not playing video games and reading all the things, he has been known to listen to a considerable amount of music, especially if it has synthesizers and a catchy beat.
Madeleine Sorapure is the Director of the Writing Program and co-director of the Multimedia Communication track of the Professional Writing Minor. She teaches Multimedia Writing, Document Design and Production, Digital Portfolio, and Digital Storytelling. She is the author of articles on multimodal composing, pedagogy, and technology published in Kairos, Computers and Composition, and elsewhere.
Christian Thomas teaches WRIT 2 (Academic Writing), WRIT 50 (Writing and the Research Process, focusing on video game research), WRIT X404 (Video Game Storytelling), WRIT 105PS (Writing for Public Speaking), and WRIT 109F (Writing About Film). His research interests include creative nonfiction, YA fiction, fantasy and horror films, and narrative-driven video games. He is affiliate faculty at the Center for Digital Games Research.
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Ellen O'Connell Whittet teaches Writing 2, Multimedia Writing (107M), Creative Nonfiction (105C), and Writing for the Humanities (109HU).