Writing Program

2017-18 General Catalog

209 Humanities 1
(831) 459-2431

Program Statement | Course Descriptions

Faculty and Professional Interests

Lecturer with Security of Employment

Heather Shearer, Chair
Writing program administration; curriculum design and assessment; rhetorical practices of intentional communities; technical communication; usability of complex information products

James Wilson, Emeritus

Kimberly Helmer
Spanish heritage language learning, English for academic purposes, assessing multimodality

Tonya Ritola
Writing program administration; curriculum design and assessment; organizational rhetoric; genre studies

Roswell Spafford, Emerita

Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment

Elizabeth Abrams
Composition and rhetoric; writing pedagogy, writing across the curriculum; 19th-century and 20th-century American history and literature, especially concerning the Civil War

Carol M. Freeman, Emerita


Margaret Amis
Writing; pre- and early modern English literature; prose style

Sondra Archimedes, College Nine Writing Coordinator
Writing pedagogy; 19th- and early 20th-century British literature; gender studies; cultural studies

Derede Arthur
Cultural studies, 18th–20th-century British literature, theory of the novel, theories of education, cognitive ethology

Mark Baker
Media and democracy, postmodernism, 20th-century literature and culture of the Americas, community participation, writing and social responsibility

Farnaz Fatemi
Writing, poetry, writing pedagogy, comics and graphic novels, Middle East issues and cross-cultural perspectives, contemporary American literature

Veronica Flanagan, Kresge College Writing Coordinator
Writing, writing pedagogy, translation and translation theory, 19th- and 20th-century American literature, French literature

Joy Hagen, Rachel Carson College Writing Coordinator
Science writing; writing for physical and biological sciences; ecological risks of genetically engineered organisms; population dynamics; agroecology and food systems; entomology; science and uncertainty (Science and Technology Studies); California Common Core standards

Erica Halk, College Ten Writing Coordinator
Post-secondary reading and writing pedagogy; American literature; cultural criticism; gender studies

Roxanne Power Hamilton
Writing, poetry, magazine editing, inter-arts performance, gender and queer studies

Robin King, Oakes College Writing Coordinator
Visual arts, media criticism, sociology of learning and emotions, multi-cultural studies, politics of food

Lindsay Knisely
Digital identity production in youth; establishing ethos in writing; writing of witness; African-American literature and literary theory; writing as social activism; writing as identity development; poetry analysis and interpretation; development of critical consciousness

Toby Loeffler
Writing pedagogy; early 20th-century British and Spanish literature; history and theory of the British and European novel; British and European modernism; literature and nationalism; ideology; cultural studies

Brij Lunine, Stevenson College Writing Coordinator
Writing pedagogy; writing across the curriculum, teaching research; reception studies, cultural studies, popular culture and youth subcultures

Patrick McKercher
Virtual reality educational environments, outreach projects, collaborative research with James Burke, environmental education

Ingrid Moody Lariviere, Porter College Writing Coordinator

Ellen Newberry, Merrill College Writing Coordinator
Educational partnerships with K–12 schools, transfer/re-entry student writing, women’s studies, and queer studies

Sarah-Hope Parmeter, Coordinator, Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR)
Writing and democracy; multilingual, multicultural rhetorics; cross-age writing partnerships and public school collaboratives; lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender young adult literature; rhetoric of the sciences

Annalisa Rava, Crown College Writing Coordinator
Animals and human society, science fiction studies, literature and postmodernism

Denise Silva
Cultural studies; urban studies; gender studies; 19th- and 20th-century British literature; composition and rhetoric

David Thorn
Climate change, technology, and ethics; sustainable agriculture and food production; Africa and African life beyond the four "Ds"; sci-fi and weird fiction; surfing and poetry

Revised: 09/01/17