Administration and Committees

Department Administration

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Jacqueline Rhodes
Professor; Department Chair; Graduate Faculty

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Benjamin Lauren
Associate Professor; Associate Chair; Director of Graduate Programs; Graduate Faculty

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Julie Lindquist
Professor; Director of First Year Writing; Graduate Faculty

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Casey McArdle
Academic Specialist; Associate Chair; Director of Undergraduate Programs


Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

The most current version of the WRAC Bylaws can be found here: WRAC BYLAWS 5-19-21 (PDF)

Per the bylaws, standing committees of the department include:

  • Bylaws and Elections
  • Appointments and Equal Opportunity (AEO)
  • Academic Hearing Board
  • Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT)
  • Program committees:
    • First-Year Writing Committee
    • Professional Writing Program Committee
    • Rhetoric and Writing Graduate Advisory Committee (RWGAC)

Advisory Council

The WRAC Advisory Council (AC) exists to represent the questions and concerns of department faculty.

Members of the 2020-2021 WRAC Advisory Council include:

  • Elected: Arola (Chair), Boyles, Caesar, Long-Smith, Potts, Rigney, Ristich, Troutman
  • Grad rep: Constance Haywood
  • Ex officio: DeVoss, Lindquist, McArdle

WRAC AC meetings are open to the department (unless personnel matters are being discussed).

We invite you to seek out the members listed above if you have any questions or concerns you want to call the AC’s attention to. 

WRAC Administration and Committees

To view a full-sized PDF of the 2020-2021 poster of WRAC administration and committees, including details as to how each committee is populated and who is serving on which, please click the image or the link below.

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2020-2021 WRAC admin and committees poster