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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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  • South Hall 5432 "C"
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Nomi Morris teaches Journalism and News Writing (107J), Magazine Writing for Publication (107M) and Advanced Beat Reporting (152A).  She serves as director of the Journalism track in UC Santa Barbara’s Professional Writing Minor.  Morris came to UCSB with a background in international journalism, as well as covering the arts and religion, and writing narrative nonfiction, essay, and commentary. Her work has been published in TIMENewsweekLos Angeles TimesLos Angeles Review of BooksAscent 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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Ellen O'Connell Whittet is a lecturer who primarily teaches journalism, creative writing, writing for the humanities and arts, and community writing.  Her own writing has been published in The Atlantic, Buzzfeed, New York Magazine, The Paris Review, and elsewhere, and her book, What You Become in Flight, was published by Melville House in 2020. 

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Kathy Patterson (she, her, hers) teaches Approaches to University Writing, Academic Writing, Writing in Community, Writing for the Social Sciences, and Writing for the Humanities, and a first-year Discovery seminar focused on collective memory and what it means to be a Gaucho. She also teaches regularly in the ACE (Academic Communities for Excellence) program. Her research interests include blogging pedagogy, community writing, Disability Studies, and Memory Studies. 

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  • Associate Director of the Writing Program

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.

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  • South Hall 5432 "K"
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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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  • Girvetz 1310
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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
  • Program Director

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 KairosComputers and Composition, and elsewhere. 

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  • 805-893-2708
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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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Vickie Vértiz's writing is featured in the New York Times magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, KCET Departures, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among many others. Her book Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut won the 2018 PEN America literary prize in poetry. Vértiz teaches creative nonfiction, writing for Chicanx Studies. Her research interests include drag culture, feminist and queer art, film, and performance, experimental writing, and writing for community engagement. She earned an M.F.A. from UC-Riverside in nonfiction, a Master’s degree in public affairs from UT-Austin, and a B.A. in political science from Williams College.

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  • Girvetz 2310
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Alison Williams teaches Writing 2 and Writing for Public Relations (107P)

  • Lecturer Emeritus - Retired

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