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Composition & Rhetoric Faculty

UHM has a significant number of faculty members in C/R who publish regularly in leading journals, teach and mentor graduate students, and work with their colleagues in the English Department directing the undergraduate writing program, running a writing center, adding new courses to the curriculum, and so on. Our faculty pursue such intellectual work within a social and political context that is unparalleled in its diversity: Hawai‘i is situated in a complex confluence of geopolitical, racial, and cultural differences. It is a rich site for research on contact zones, constructions and representations of identity, and the discursive possibilities and constraints of globalization.

Our faculty have published on those and other C/R themes in a wide range of venues, including College Composition and Communication,College English, JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory, Rhetoric Review, Composition Studies, Computers and Composition, Research in the Teaching of English, Written Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Composition Forum, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, and others. In addition to print publications, our faculty also present their work at national and international conferences regularly; beyond presentations at CCCC, NCTE, and Computers and Writing, C/R faculty also attend and present scholarship at national conferences such as MLA and at international meetings in such locations as New Zealand, Thailand, Canada, and the UK.

The C/R faculty currently includes:

Jeffrey CarrollMore, Ph.D.
rhetoric and composition, American novel, fiction

Daphne DesserMore, Ph.D.
rhetorical history, theory, and criticism, writing and difference, identity construction and negotiation in composition studies, writing pedagogy

Jim HenryMore, Ph.D.
composition studies, workplace and work life writing, technical/professional communication, auto/ethnography, mentoring, writing performance, writing across the curriculum

Georganne NordstromMore
critical pedagogy and composition (including Writing Center Theory) and the implications of location on praxis, Place-based rhetoric, and Ethnography, with a particular focus on intersections between these areas.

Darin PayneMore, Ph.D.
rhetorics of technology and space, new media rhetorics, globalization, composition studies, collaborative learning, cultural reproduction

Todd SammonsMore, Ph.D.
Renaissance and 17th-century literature, Milton, rhetoric, science fiction

John ZuernMore, Ph.D.

For more information on undergraduate and graduate studies in Composition and Rhetoric, please pursue the appropriate links on this page. Links to individual faculty members will provide further information on the administrative and scholarly work they do.