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

Department Chairperson

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Dànielle Nicole DeVoss
William J. Beal Distinguished Professor
Interim Department Chairperson

Program-Specific Contact Information

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

Joyce Meier

Joyce Meier
Associate Professor; Associate Director of the First-Year Writing Program

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Nissele Contreras
RA/Assistant Director

Undergraduate Programs

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Casey McArdle
Academic Specialist; Director of Undergraduate Programs

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Kate Fedewa 
Academic Specialist; Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs

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Casey Miles
Assistant Professor; Undergraduate Advisor

Graduate Programs

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Liza Pots
Professor; Associate Chair, Director of Graduate Programs; Graduate Faculty

Trixie Long Smith
Associate Professor; Assistant Director of Graduate Programs; Director of the Writing Center; Graduate Faculty

Staff and Support Contacts

Office Operations

Human Resources


Diana Shank

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

Angela Hunt

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

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

Sara Allison

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

Academic Operations

Melissa Arthurton

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

Rhonda Hibbitt

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

Yvette Puga

  • Schedule Change Support
  • First-Year Writing Support
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • Campus Solutions