Welcome from Chairperson Jacqueline Rhodes

Greetings from WRAC! We’re looking forward to meeting those of you—faculty, staff, and students—who are new to the department, and to welcoming back the “old-timers.” We’ve been working hard to make WRAC a good, supportive, and energized community. That work has included building expertise in online teaching and also doing some community and self-work to forward issues of diversity, equity, justice, inclusion, and accessibility. Last year’s “cultural change roundtable” was a great place for discussion and action, as was the new Equity & Justice Workgroup, which participated in some initial anti-racist pedagogy workshops (which we’ll  continue this year). Faculty-led collaborative research groups also engaged a number of exciting, forward-thinking projects.

We have a new and expanded social media presence that encourages thoughtful action and engagement with WRAC, MSU, and the larger community. All of our community-building work continues this year, and I’d like to officially invite each of you to participate where you can. We are so very happy to have you with us!

August 11, 2020

A Bit About WRAC

The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University provides the first-year writing experience for most MSU students. We also have a successful major in Professional and Public Writing (P2W) and share the Experience Architecture (XA) major with Art, Art History and Design. We have three strong graduate programs in Rhetoric and Writing,  both MA and PhD degrees. We touch the lives of around 7,000 students every year.

Founded in 1944, WRAC began as the Department of Written and Spoken English. Such a department was fairly unique at that time, and our faculty were active writing and speech researchers and important to how writing instruction developed in higher education in the post-war period.

Today, we continue to lead and are committed to preparing excellent communicators in the culturally, technologically, and economically dynamic environments of the early 21st Century.

Our researchers are national leaders in digital writing, cultural rhetoric, literacy studies, composition, and professional writing. Our faculty lead research groups such as the Writing, Information and Digital Experience (WIDE) Research Center and the CUBE (our publishing lab). Our teachers are committed, creative, and above average. Every single one of them.