Contact

Department Mailing Address, Phone, and Fax

 Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

434 Farm Lane, Rm 235 (235 Bessey Hall)
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: (517) 355-2400
Fax: (517) 353-5250

Interim Department Chairperson

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Dànielle Nicole DeVoss
William J. Beal Distinguished Professor
Interim Department Chairperson
devossda@msu.edu


Program-Specific Contact Information

Julie Lindquist
Professor; Director of First-Year Writing; Graduate Faculty
lindqu11@msu.edu

Joyce Meier

Joyce Meier
Associate Professor; Associate Director of the First-Year Writing Program
meierjo@msu.edu

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Nissele Contreras
RA/Assistant Director
contre72@msu.edu

Undergraduate Programs

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Casey McArdle
Academic Specialist; Director of Undergraduate Programs
cmcardle@msu.edu

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Kate Fedewa 
Academic Specialist; Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs
fedewak3@msu.edu

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Casey Miles
Assistant Professor; Undergraduate Advisor
milescas@msu.edu

Graduate Programs

Ben Lauren

Ben Lauren
Associate Professor; Associate Chair, Director of Graduate Programs; Graduate Faculty
blauren@msu.edu

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Kristen Arola
Associate Professor; Assistant Director of Graduate Programs; Graduate Faculty
arola@msu.edu

Staff and Support Contacts

Office Operations

Human Resources

Finance

Diana Shank
shankd@msu.edu

• Chair administrative support
• Ordering supplies
• Student payroll
• Guest travel and event support
• Cashnet
• Help navigating functional teams

Angela Hunt
huntaj@msu.edu

Academic HR:
• Hiring
• Reappointments
• I-9s
• Change of Status/Leaves/ Termination
• Faculty searches

First point of contact with the HR team for:
• RPT
• Specialists continuing
• Designation B
• Student hires
• Outside work for pay
• Overload and additional payments

Sara Allison
alliso53@msu.edu

First point of contact with the Finance team for:
• Contracts and grant accounts
• HARP
• Research
• GT accounts
• Reimbursements
• Purchase orders
• Invoices
• Cashnet reconciliation

Academic Operations

Melissa Arthurton
arthurt1@msu.edu

  • Graduate student (TA and RA) hiring and appointments
  • Graduate and Undergraduate Program
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • Campus Solutions

Rhonda Hibbitt
hibbitt@msu.edu

  • Work Copy
  • Graduate and Undergraduate Program
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • Campus Solutions

Yvette Puga
pugayvet@msu.edu

  • Schedule Change Support
  • Graduate and Undergraduate Program
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • Campus Solutions