Stephanie Amada, Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, teaches in the First-Year Writing Program and the Professional Writing Program. Her research and writing explores hookup culture on campus, and she has written the e-book How to Deal with Hookup Culture.
Melissa's primary responsibility is working with Malea Powell as the Graduate Secretary. She is also responsible for processing of personnel hiring correspondence and forms; and miscellaneous accounting duties for the Department.
April Baker-Bell is a PhD candidate in the Rhetoric & Writing program, whose research is situated in critical studies of African-American Language at the intersections of literacy and pedagogy, sociolinguistics, and urban teacher development. She currently works as a research assistant for the Writing in the Digital Environments Research Center (WIDE).
Dianna is the Associate Director of the Writing Center at MSU. She studied 19th century British Literature for her Masters degree, but by the time she had completed that degree, she knew she wanted to shift the focus for her PhD to writing: not just traditional “text” writing, but high-tech writing. The kind of writing that requires more than a word processor or a pen and paper to accomplish. This makes the WC the perfect job for her.
Terri Trupiano Barry is an Assistant Professor in Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures. She is co-author of a textbook on writing in the sciences. She has written book chapters and articles on writing and has presented papers on scientific writing at many conferences.
Fred Barton is Director of the Learning Resources Center and a visiting assistant professor of Writing Rhetoric and American Cultures.
Lorelei Blackburn is a PhD student in the Rhetoric & Writing program. She earned a BA in English at Purdue University and an MA in writing at DePaul University. Her concentration area is community literacy, and she is currently doing research in the areas of community and civic engagement to articulate a new approach to relationship-building-the outcomes of which are sustainability and reciprocity. She is especially enamored with Kierkegaard's Works of Love and is looking at actions in, with, and toward communities as works of love, and how those actions can influence the building and sustaining of community relationships.
Stuart Blythe is an associate professor who specializes in rhetoric and professional writing. His work has appeared in such journals as College Composition & Communication, Computers and Composition, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Works & Days, and various edited collections.
Olga Bonfiglio earned her Ph.D. in education at MSU and has taught at Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University and University of Michigan-Dearborn. She has published hundreds of journalistic articles on politics, religion, food, travel and authored the book, Heroes of a Different Stripe: How One Town Responded to the War in Iraq.
Phil is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Writing with focuses in Cultural Rhetorics and Digital Rhetoric. His research interests include rhetorical ecologies, rhetorics of activism, multimodal composition and digital writing, and pedagogy. He enjoys eating, drinking, reading, writing, conversing, and thinking.
Roger Bresnahan has published two volumes of interviews relating to Philippine literature. He received MSU’s Teacher-Scholar Award and a teaching award from TRIO Programs. Hee serves as MSU’s contact point with the Fulbright program. He is a core faculty member of the Asian Studies Center and the Center for the advanced Study of International Development.
Maria Bruno is an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures at Michigan State University. She has published over 50 short stories and creative non-fiction essays. Her two screenplays, The Black Madonna and Virtually Yours were optioned by Rearguard Productions of Los Angeles, California. The Black Madonna was a semi-finalist in the Moondance International Screenwriting Competition.
Nancy Bunge is a professor who has published 5 books and over 75 articles and book chapters, won 2 teaching awards from MSU and held 3 Fulbright lectureships in Europe.
Cheryl Caesar. Ph.D. comparative literature, University of Paris-Sorbonne: English, American, French and Russian literature. Taught writing, “civilization,” phonetics and EFL in France and Ireland. Interests: dialogism, culture studies, second language acquisition.
Deborah Carmichael, managing editor of The Journal of Popular Culture, and previously the associate editor of Film & History, is also the editor or coeditor of two film studies anthologies and a reader for composition classes. Deborah believes first-year writing is one of the most important courses undergraduates will take.
Mary C. Cook is an instructor of Tier One writing. She has an interest in women´s poetry, and American women´s suffrage history. Prior to teaching at MSU, Mary taught Women´s Studies, Women in Literature, and Writing in the Elementary Classroom at Western Michigan University.