Rhetoric and Writing

Welcome to the home of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of New Mexico. Our program is undergoing an exciting period of growth and change with the hiring of seven new tenure-track faculty members over the past few years. Our faculty’s diverse specialties include technical communication, language diversity, second language writing, writing program administration, K-12 composition, and multimodal composition. One of these faculty members holds a unique joint appointment with the Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies in the College of Education, which enables our students to make cross-disciplinary connections in their research.

Students in our programs have a number of opportunities to gain experience in their area of interest. Our undergraduates can take part in an internship situated in a variety of non-profit organizations, institutions, and businesses. Many of our graduate students teach our Core Writing classes, including English 110, 120, 219, and 220. Graduate students also have the opportunity to serve in various administrative capacities in our Core Writing program, where we are currently re-envisioning the ways we teach developmental writing, multimodal composition, and L2 writing. Other students are involved in the Writing Across Communities initiative, which aims to support writing instruction not only across the curriculum but across broader communities, something evidenced in our graduate-student-run Celeberation of Student Writing and Community Writing Center. Our graduates have pursued a variety of career paths, including the following: technical writing, K-12 teaching, university professorships; grant writing; and commercial publishing and editing.

Degree Programs

Program Faculty

Joseph P. Bartolotta, Visiting Assistant Professor

Lynn Beene, Professor Emerita

Stephen Benz, Assistant Professor

Tiffany Bourelle, Assistant Professor

Andrew Bourelle, Assistant Professor

Pisarn Bee Chamcharatsri, Assistant Professor


Bethany Davila, Assistant Professor

Cristyn L. Elder, Assistant Professor

Kyle Fiore, Lecturer

Michelle Hall Kells, Associate Professor

Erin Lebacqz, Lecturer

Julie Newmark, Lecturer

Chuck Paine, Professor

Todd Ruecker, Assistant Professor

Jerry Shea, Professor Emeritus