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  • Teaching Assistant
  • Continuing Lecturer

Janet Mizrahi teaches Journalistic Writing (107J), Writing for Public Relations (107P), Web Content (107WC), Business and Administrative Writing (107B), and Health Professions (109HP), as well as a course in the Science Communication track of the Professional Writing Minor, Science Communication for the Public (159B). Ms. Mizrahi writes a professional blog and reads contemporary fiction to excess.

  • Girvetz 1315
  • Teaching Assistant
  • South Hall 5432 "C"
  • Teaching Assistant
  • South Hall 5432 "F"
  • Lecturer

Dipali Murti teaches Writing for Business (107B), Journalism and News Writing (107J), and Writing for Global Careers (107G). Her research and teaching interests are intercultural business communication and how social media and Millennials are changing marketing and communication strategies within the business world.

  • South Hall 1516
  • Continuing Lecturer
  • Manager
  • Financial & Academic Personnel Services
  • 805-893-3864
  • Associate Professor

Amy Propen teaches courses in rhetoric and professional writing, including Writing About Sustainability, Multimedia Writing, and Environmental Rhetoric. Her research interests focus on visual-material and environmental rhetorics, posthumanism, animal studies, and rhetoric as advocacy. Her recent book, Visualizing Posthuman Conservation in the Age of the Anthropocene, was published with The Ohio State University Press in 2018. Her new book project, At Home in the Anthropocene, is a follow-up to Visualizing Posthuman Conservation and is under advance contract with The Ohio State UP.

  • Teaching Assistant
  • South Hall 5432 "K"
  • Continuing Lecturer

Bob Samuels teaches Writing for Public Discourse (105PD), Writing for the Social Sciences (109SS), Writing for the Teaching Professions (109ED), and Rhetoric and Writing (105R).

  • Lecturer
  • Girvetz 1310
  • Lecturer

Kenny Smith teaches introductory composition (Writing 1 & 2), writing and the philosophy of language (Writing 105P), and scientific communication courses (Writing 1E & 2E, Writing 109ST, and Writing 105SW). His research focuses on how literacy skills transfer from the classroom to the outside world, particularly in regard to the interpretation of scientific texts and journalism. When not playing video games and reading all the things, he has been known to listen to a considerable amount of music, especially if it has synthesizers and a catchy beat. 

Madeleine Sorapure
  • Program Director

Madeleine Sorapure is the Director of the Writing Program and co-director of the Multimedia Communication track of the Professional Writing Minor. She teaches Multimedia Writing, Document Design and Production, Digital Portfolio, and Digital Storytelling. She is the author of articles on multimodal composing, pedagogy, and technology published in KairosComputers and Composition, and elsewhere. 

  • 805-893-2462
  • South Hall 1522
  • Lecturer
  • South Hall 1519
  • Manager
  • Student Services
  • 805-893-2708
  • SH 3432G
  • Lecturer

Christian Thomas teaches WRIT 2 (Academic Writing), WRIT 50 (Writing and the Research Process, focusing on video game research), WRIT X404 (Video Game Storytelling), WRIT 105PS (Writing for Public Speaking), and WRIT 109F (Writing About Film). His research interests include creative nonfiction, YA fiction, fantasy and horror films, and narrative-driven video games. He is affiliate faculty at the Center for Digital Games Research. 

  • South Hall 1401
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Lecturer
  • Girvetz 1306
  • Lecturer
  • Girvetz 2310
  • Lecturer

Ellen O'Connell Whittet teaches Writing 2, Multimedia Writing (107M), Creative Nonfiction (105C), and Writing for the Humanities (109HU).

  • Lecturer

Alison Williams teaches Writing 2 and Writing for Public Relations (107P)

  • Lecturer Emeritus - Retired

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