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Graduate Faculty

Jennifer Andrus
Jennifer Andrus

Department Chair
3702 LNCO

Interests Include

  • Legal rhetorics
  • Rhetorics of domestic violence
  • Discourse analysis

Selected Awards

University Research Grant, University of Utah: $1960.
Grant to compensate focus group and interview participants in the WRTG 1010 Retention and Student Persistence Study.

University Teaching Grant, University of Utah: $912.91.
Grant to bring in Dr. Jody Shipka to lead a workshop for undergraduate and graduate students.

University Teaching Grant, University of Utah: $1604.69.
Grant to purchase audio recording and transcription equipment for use in the courses such as Discourse Analysis.

Books & Articles

Entextualizing Domestic Violence: Language Ideology and Violence Against Women in the Anglo-American Hearsay Principle. Oxford University Press, 2015.

“Victim Agency: Fractal Recursivity in the Language Ideology of the US Law of Evidence and Domestic Violence.” Language in Society, 41.5 (December 2012), 589-614.


Tracey Daniels-Lerberg

Trace Daniels-Lerberg

Associate Professor (Lecturer)
Editor, Forum: Issues about Contingent and Part-Time Faculty,
University Teaching Committee

3708 LNCO

Interests Include
  • Feminist & Gendered Rhetorics
  • Embodied Rhetorics
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Animal and Environmental Studies
  • American Literature & Film Studies
Classes Teaching Fall 2021

WRTG 1010

WRTG 3012

Books & Articles

“Watershed Ethics and Dam Politics: Mapping Biopolitics, Race and Resistance in Sleep Dealer and Watershed,” edited collection, Make Waves: Essays on Water in Contemporary Literature and Film University of Nevada Press. Oct. 2019.

Daniels-Lerberg, Tracey & Lerberg, Matthew (2018). “To ‘See with Eyes Unclouded by Hate’: Princess Mononoke and the Quest for Environmental Balance” . Bloomsbury Publishing. Published, 01/11/2018.

Samah Elbelazi

Samah Elbelazi

Assistant Professor (Lecturer)
Writing Program Associate Director 
3890 LNCO

Interests Include

  • Cultural rhetoric
  • Arts-based research
  • Poetic ethnography
  • Muslim rhetoric
  • Multilingual studies

Scholars for the Dream Travel Awards (CCCC 2020).

The ArtCatalyzst Award, Stanford University (2018).

Postdoctoral Teaching-Fellowship. Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University (2017/2019).

Elbelazi, S. and Alharbi, L. (2019). The exotic other’: A poetic autoethnography of two Muslim teachers in higher education. Qualitative Inquiry Journal. 1(6).

Elbelazi, S. (2018). My journey to define Libyan feminism. Feminism and Religion. 

Elbelazi, S. and Alharbi, L. (2018). Book review of Research Methods for Language Teaching: Inquiry, Process, and Synthesis by Netta Avineri. CATESOL Journal 30(1). 326-328.

Romeo García

Romeo García

Assistant Professor
3626 LNCO

Interests Include

  • Critical Theory 
  • Cultural Studies 
  • Latino/a and Latin American Studies 
  • Decolonial Studies 
  • Indigenous Studies 
  • Settler Colonial Studies 
  • Rhetorical Theory and Cultural Rhetorics 
  • Writing Center Studies 

Selected Awards

University of Utah College of Humanities “Rising Star in the Humanities” award (2020-2021).

García, Romeo. “Unmaking Gringo-Centers.” The Writing Center Journal, vol.36, no. 1, 2017, pp. 29-60.

  • Selected for the 2019 Best of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition
  • Selected for Reprint in Landmark Essays, Routledge


Romeo García & LuMing Mao. “Forum on the Future of Comparative, Postcolonial, and Decolonial Work.” University of Utah. College of Humanities. 2020. $10,000.

Romeo García & Christie Toth. “Symposium on Inter-Institutional Transfer and Writing Centers.” University of Utah. College of Humanities. 2020. $2,400.

Books & Articles

Cortez, Josè, and Romeo García. “In Preparation for Alterity: The Absolute Limit of Latinx Writing.” CCC, vol. 71, no. 2, 2020.

García, Romeo, and Jose Cortez. “The Trace of a Mark that Scatters.” RSQ, vol. 50, no. 2, 2020.

García, Romeo. “A Settler Archive: A Site for a Decolonial Praxis Project.” constellations: A Cultural Rhetorics Publishing Space, vol. 1, no. 2, n.p., 2019.

García, Romeo. “Haunt(ed/ing) Genealogies and Literacies.” Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric, vol. 19, no. 1, 2019, pp. 230-252.

García, Romeo. “The Predicament of ‘Being There’: Conflict and Emotional Labor.” Navigating Challenges in Qualitative Educational Research, edited by Todd Ruecker and Vanessa Svihla. Routledge, 2019, pp. 67-79.

García, Romeo and Beatrice Mendez Newman. “Teaching with Border Writers: Reconstructing Narratives of Difference, Mobility, Translingualism, and Hybridity.” Teaching Writing with Bordered Writers: Lessons Learned at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, edited by Isabel Baca, Yndalecio Hinojosa, and Susan Wolff Murphy. SUNY Press, 2019, pp. 125-146.

García, Romeo, Joanne, Claudia, and Christie Toth. “‘Work’ As Taking and Making Place.” Journal of College Literacy and Learning, vol. 45, 2019, pp. 104-106.

García, Romeo, Iris Ruiz, Anita Hernandez, and Maria Carvajal Regidor. Viva Nuestro Caucus: The Latino/a Caucus. Parlor Press, 2019.

Editor with Damián Baca. Rhetorics Elsewhere and Otherwise: Contested Modernities, Decolonial Visions. 2019. 

García, Romeo and Yndalecio Hinojosa. “Resistance: Embodied Narratives, Anti-Racist Agendas, and Compassionate Pedagogy.” On Teacher Neutrality: Praxis, Politics, and Performativity, edited by Daniel Richards. Utah State University Press. Forthcoming. 2019.






Kendall Gerdes

Associate Professor
3612 LNCO

Interests Include

  • Student activism
  • Rhetorical theory
  • Queer & feminist rhetorics
  • Digital rhetorics
  • Video games

Selected Presentations

Rising Star in the Humanities, College of Humanities, University of Utah, 2023.

"Institutional Sensitivity: Writing the Recent History of Title IX." Conference on College Composition and Communication. Spokane, WA. April 2021. (Conference moved online due to Covid-19).

"Trigger Warnings and Teaching Writing in Times of Trauma" for ENG 210 Training. Texas A&M University-College Station. May 13, 2020.

Teaching Innovation Award, College of Arts & Sciences, Texas Tech University, 2018.

"A Sensitive Rhetoric: On Harm and Consent in University Sexual Harassment Policies." The University and Micro-dynamics of Institutional Life. Colchester, Essex, UK. December 2018.

"Disidentification, Twine Games, and Queer Solidarity." Rhetoric Society of America. Minneapolis, MN. June 2018.

Sensitive Rhetorics: Academic Freedom and Campus Activism. University Pittsburgh Press, 2024.

"Writing a Videogame: Rhetoric, Revision, and Reflection." With coauthors M. Beal and S. Cain. Prompt: A Journal of Academic Writing Assignments, vol. 4, no. 2, 2020, pp. 3-12.

Reinventing (with) Theory in Rhetoric and Writing Studies. Eds. Andrea Alden, Kendall Gerdes, Judy Holiday, and Ryan Skinnell. University Press of Colorado/Utah State University Press, 2019.

Jay Jordan

Jay Jordan  

Director of Graduate Studies
3624 LNCO

Interests Include

  • Disciplinary writing of multilingual/international students
  • Intersections of contemporary rhetorical theory and multilingual composition
  • Transnational Education

Selected Awards

Mentor, Naylor Workshop on Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies

Past Member, CCCC Executive Committee

Invited Presentations in Korea, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand

University of Utah Excellence in Global Education Award

Books & Articles

WAC/WID in a Transnational Startup: A Korean-American Study. Forthcoming. WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado.

“Beyond ‘Coping’ to Natural Language Work: A Case Study at a Transnational Campus.” Invited chapter. English Across the Curriculum: Voices from Around the World. Ed. Bruce Morrison, Julia Chen, Linda Lin, and Alan Urmston. Parlor Press, 2021.

“Future Perfect Tense: Kairos as a Heuristic for Reconciliation.” Invited chapter. Reconciling Translingualism and Second Language Writing. Ed. Tony Silva and Zhaozhe Wang. Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2020. 

“Rhetoric’s Outliers in Second Language Writing: A Corpus-Based Study.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 24.2 (2020).

LuMing Mao

LuMing Mao

3528 LNCO

Interests Include

  • Comparative/Cultural Rhetorics
  • Rhetorical Historiography
  • Asian/Asian American Rhetorics
  • Chinese Rhetorics
  • Translingualism
  • Critical Discourse Analysis

Selected Awards & Presentations

“Echoes of the Past: Virus, Xenophobia, and Memory in Search of a More Perfect Nation.” Sam Houston State University, November 6, 2020 (on Zoom). Invited Talk.

Recently appointed Director of International Initiatives, College of Humanities

Recently named an Editorial Board Member for Contemporary Rhetoric, the premier journal for rhetoric studies in China


Romeo García & LuMing Mao. “Forum on the Future of Comparative, Postcolonial, and Decolonial Work.” University of Utah. College of Humanities. 2020. $10,000.

“Redefining Comparative Rhetoric: Essence, Facts, Events.” The Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics. Ed. Keith Lloyd. New York: Routledge, 2021. 15-33. (The Chinese version of this essay appeared in Contemporary Rhetoric 226.4 (2021): 14-32.)

Special Symposium Editor, “Rhetoric and Writing.” Contemporary Rhetoric 226.4 (2021): 13-41.

Review of The Rhetoric of Mao Zedong: Transforming China and Its People. Rhetorica 38.1 (2020):126-129.

Maureen A. Mathison

Maureen A. Mathison

Associate Professor
3710 LNCO 

Interests Include

  • Rhetoric in the Disciplines
  • Critical Science Studies
  • Research Methods
  • Literacy Studies

Selected Awards & Presentations

"University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award" (2023-2024).

"Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award", College of Humanities (2023-2024).

University of Utah College of Humanities, "Distinguished Service in the Humanities" award (2020-2021).

Faculty Release for Scholarly Pursuits. Spring, 2020

  • Title: Social Contexts and the Rhetoric of Scientific Controversy

2021. Framing Technical Editing as a Social Justice Opportunity Through Human-Centered Projects. International-Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Conference (IWAC), Fort Collins, CO. June. (with Stephanie Weidauer, student and co-author). Accepted.

M. A. Mathison & A. DeGrauw (forthcoming). Leveraging Grant-Writing for Transforming Students' Normative Views of STEM. Across the Disciplines.

Mathison, M.A. (2021). Scientific Letters and Commentaries in their Social and Historical Contexts. Routledge Handbook of Scientific Communication. Cristina Hanganu-Bresch, Michael Zerbe, Gabriel Cutrufello, and Stefania Maci (Eds.). London: Routledge.

Mathison, M. A. (2019) (Ed). Sojourning in Disciplinary Cultures: A Case Study of Teaching Writing in Engineering. Utah State University Press, Composition Studies Series. (10 chapters, 182 pages).

Natalie Stillman-Webb

Natalie Stillman-Webb

Professor (Lecturer)
Department Coordinator for online teaching/pedagogy
3890 LNCO 

Interests Include

  • Writing in Disciplines
  • Writing for Multimedia
  • Visual Communication
  • Technical or Business Writing
  • Scientific Writing
  • Online Education

Selected Awards

Appointed to the University’s Committee on Student Affairs. Academic year 2020-2021.

2020 Online Excellence Award. For maintaining educational integrity while redesigning your courses and student orientation sessions and, at the same time, providing support for your colleagues and other teachers.

Emergent Researcher Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. The $10,000 award will fund a research project, “Cross-Institutional Study of Communities of Inquiry in Blended and Online Composition”

Books & Articles

Bedford Bibliography of Research in Online Writing Instruction. (introduction co-author, section editor and contributor). Ed. Heidi Skurat Harris. Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2017. Published, 02/08/2017.

"Writing Beliefs and Mentoring Practices: Advisor Perspectives on Post/Graduate Writing Instruction in the Sciences." Research Literacies and Writing Pedagogies for Masters and Doctoral Writers. Ed. Cally Guerin and Cecile Badenhorst. Brill, 2015. Published, 10/2015.

Jon Stone

Jonathan Stone

Associate Professor
Writing Program Administrator
3708 LNCO

Interests Include

  • Sonic Rhetorics
  • Digital Rhetoric
  • Music and Rhetoric

Seleced Awards

University of Utah College of Humanities “Rising Star in the Humanities” award (2019-2020).

University Research Committee (URC) Faculty Fellow, University of Utah (2018-2019).

Books, Articles, & Presentations

Stone, J. (under contract) Listening to the Lomax Archive: The Sonic Rhetorics of American Folksong in the 1930s. University of Michigan Press. (Forthcoming).

“Talking about Talking about Religion: The Study of Mormon Rhetorics” co-authored with Christie Toth. Under review. (August 2019).

“(In)Hospitable Archives: Listening to Sonic Rhetorics of Music, Race, and History” Rhetoric Society of America. Portland, OR. June 2020. (accepted panel presentation).

“Mapping Rhetorics of Sonic History” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Milwaukee, WI. March 2020 (accepted panel presentation).

“Listening to the Lomax Archive” invited talk at the University of Alberta, Sound Studies Institute. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. February 12, 2020.  

“Sounds Like Rhetoric!” Invited talk at the Dee Grant Reception, Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, UT, November 2019.

Christie Toth

Christie Toth

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

3706 LNCO

Interests Include

  • Two-year college writing studies
  • Writing assessment
  • Indigenous rhetorics
  • Settler colonial studies

Selected Awards

Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies Chair’s Award (University of Utah, 2021)

Early Career Teaching Award (University of Utah, 2020)

Faculty Member of the Game (University of Utah, 2019)

Faculty Teaching Award for Innovation in General Education (University of Utah, 2018)

Council of Dee Fellows Recognition for Teaching Excellence (University of Utah, 2018)

Career & Professional Development Center Faculty Recognition Award (University of Utah, 2018)

Mark Reynolds Best Article Award (Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 2015)

David & Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition (University of Michigan, 2013)

Books & Articles

Toth, Christie, et al. Transfer in an Urban Writing Ecology: Reimagining Community College-University Relations in Composition Studies, Parts I-III. CCCC Studies in Writing & Rhetoric/NCTE Book Program, 2022.

Toth, Christie. “Getting Thorny: Elisabeth McPherson and the ‘Robust Activist Tradition’ of Two-Year College English.” Basic Writing E-Journal 16.1 (pp. 1-54). 2020.

Toth, Christie, Patrick Sullivan, and Carolyn Calhoon-Dillahunt. “Two-Year College Teacher-Scholar-Activism: Reconstructing the Disciplinary Matrix of Writing Studies.” College Composition and Communication 71.1 (pp. 86-116). 2019.

Toth, Christie. “Directed Self-Placement in Two-Year Colleges: A Kairotic Moment.” Journal of Writing Assessment 12.1. 2019.

Toth, Christie. “Directed Self-Placement at ‘Democracy’s Open Door’: Writing Placement and Social Justice in Two-Year Colleges” Writing Assessment, Social Justice, and Advancement of Opportunity, edited by Mya Poe, Asao Inoue, and Norbert Elliot, pp. 139-172. University Press of Colorado, 2018.

Jensen, Darin and Christie Toth. “Unknown Knowns: The Past, Present, and Future of Graduate Preparation for Two-Year College English Faculty.” College English 29.4 (pp. 561-592). 2017.

Gere, Anne Ruggles, Elizabeth Hutton, Ben Keating, Anna Knutson, Naomi Silver, and Christie Toth. “Mutual Adjustments: Learning from and Responding to Transfer Student Writers.” College English 79.4 (pp. 333-357). March 2017.

Alex Way

Alex Way

Assistant Professor (Lecturer)
3890 LNCO

Christie Toth

Hua Zhu

Assistant Professor 
3712 LNCO

Interests Include

  • Comparative and cultural rhetorics
  • Non-Western histories of rhetoric
  • Transnational writing pedagogy
  • Translingualism

Honorable Mention for the 2021 Rhetoric Society of America Dissertation Award

2021 International and Area Studies Curriculum Development Grant by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Asia Center

2019-2020 Dissertation Fellowship by Graduate School of Miami University 

2019 Scholars for the Dream Travel Award by Conference on College Composition and Communication

2019 College of Arts and Science Graduate Student Teaching Award by College of Arts and Science, Miami University

2019 Outstanding Teaching Award by Department of English, Miami University

Zhu, Hua and Yebing Zhao. “Enacting Comparative Pedagogies as Common Topics.” The Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics: Studies in the History, Application, and Teaching of Rhetoric Beyond Traditional Greco-Roman Contexts, edited by Keith Lloyd, Routledge, 2020, pp. 340-352.

Zhu, Hua. “Rhetorical Listening: Guiguzi and Feminists in Dialogue.” Chinese Rhetorical Tradition and Communication, edited by Hui Wu, special issue of China Media Research, vol. 15, no. 1, 2019, pp. 3-12.

Zhu, Hua, translator. “Chaoyue Yalishiduode Qu Sikao: Bijiao Xiucixue de Shiyong Zhuanxiang” [“Thinking Beyond Aristotle: The Turn to How in Comparative Rhetoric” by LuMing Mao]. Contemporary Rhetorical Studies: Chen WangDao Forum Collection, edited by Zhu KeYi, Fudan University Press, 2018, pp. 328-342. [“超越亚里士多德去思考:比较修辞学的使用转向”《当代修辞学的多元阐释:“望道修辞学论坛”论文集萃》(第二辑). 祝克懿主编 ,复旦大学出版社, 2018.]

Zhu, Hua. Book Review of Hui Wu’s Guiguzi, China’s First Treatise on Rhetoric: A Critical Translation and Commentary. Rhetorica, vol. 36, no. 1, 2018, pp. 100-102.

Zhu, Hua. Book Review of Xiaoye You’s Cosmopolitan English and Transliteracy. Composition Forum, vol. 40, Fall 2018.




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