Department Administration

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Jacqueline Rhodes
Professor; Department Chair; Graduate Faculty

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Dànielle Nicole DeVoss
Professor; Associate Chair; Director of Graduate Programs; Graduate Faculty
434 Farm Lane, 235 Bessey Hall
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1047

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

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 4-25-17.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 2019-2020 WRAC Advisory Council include:

  • Elected: Arola, Blythe (Chair), DeJoy, Heine, Lauren, McArdle, Potts, Ristich
  • Grad rep: Wourman (PhD)
  • Ex officio: DeVoss, Halbritter, McArdle

Members of the 2020-2021 WRAC Advisory Council include:

  • Elected: Arola, Boyles, Caesar, Long-Smith, Potts, Rigney, Troutman
  • Grad rep: TBD
  • Ex officio: DeVoss, Lindquist, McArdle

WRAC AC meetings are open to all department faculty (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.