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Composition & Rhetoric Faculty

picture of Comp-Rhet faculty left to right: Hoang, Dingo, LeCourt, Fleming, Lorimer Leonard and Solberg

L to R: Haivan Hoang, Rebecca Dingo, Donna LeCourt, David Fleming, Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, Janine Solberg

Rebecca Dingo, Associate Professor of English. Degree: Ph.D., Ohio State University

Areas of interest: transnational feminist rhetorical methods, transnational literacy, writing program administration and globalization

Professor Dingo is the author of Networking Arguments: Rhetoric, Transnational Feminism, and Public Policy Writing (Pittsburgh 2012) (winner of the W. Ross Winterowd Award for outstanding book on Composition Theory 2013) and co-editor of The Megarhetorics of Global Development (with J. Blake Scott) (Pittsburgh 2012). She has published articles and chapters on a wide range of topics related to rhetoric, feminism, composition, and globalization. She has reviewed manuscripts for several rhetoric, composition, and women’s studies journals, and is on the Editorial Board of Lexington Press’s Cultural Studies/Pedagogy/Activism series. Dingo's research spans the fields of composition & rhetoric and feminist studies; she has published essays on transnational feminist rhetorical methods, transnational literacy, writing program administration and globalization, as well as a policy brief on UK international disability and development policies.

David Fleming, Professor of English. Degree: Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

Areas of interest: history and theory of rhetoric, history and pedagogy of first-year composition, argumentation theory and practice, writing in the disciplines and professions

Professor Fleming is the former Director of the University Writing Program. He is the author of City of Rhetoric: Reviving the Public Sphere in Metropolitan America (SUNY, 2008) and From Form to Meaning: Freshman Composition and the Long Sixties, 1957-1974 (Pittsburgh, 2011). He has published articles and chapters on a wide range of topics and in a variety of venues. He has served on the CCCC Research Committee, reviewed manuscripts for several composition journals, and is on the Editorial Boards of Written Communication and Rhetoric Review.

Haivan Hoang, Associate Professor of English. Degree: Ph.D., Ohio State University

Areas of Interest: literacy studies; composition theory and practice; ethnographic research methods, ethics, and writing; writing center theory and practice

Professor Hoang is author of the book Writing against Racial Injury (Pittburgh UP, 2015), a study that focuses on literacy, minority speakers and writers, and college student organizations. Active in the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), she has served on the Diversity Committee, Public Policy Committee, and Second Language Writing Committee. She is former co-chair of the CCCC Asian/Asian American Caucus.

Donna LeCourt, Associate Professor of English. Degree: Ph.D., Ohio State University

Areas of Interest: composition theory, identity politics (i.e. race, class, gender, and sexuality) in composition, cultural and critical composition pedagogies, feminist rhetoric, writing across the curriculum, and computers and composition

Professor LeCourt teaches courses in digital public spheres, critical pedagogy, composition theory, and gender and writing. She is the author of Identity Matters: Schooling the Student Subject in Academic Discourse (SUNY, 2004), and has edited (with Amy Goodburn and Carrie Leverenz) Rewriting Success: Constructing Careers and Institutional Change in Rhetoric and Composition (Parlor Press, 2012). She is currently working on a book tentatively titled Technopublics: Composing for Social Change. She has published articles in Computers and Composition, Journal of Advanced Compositon, Language and Learning Across the Disciplines, the International Journal of Education Reform, Strategies: A Journal of Theory, Culture, and Politics, and chapters in various edited collections. 

Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, Associate Professor of English. Degree: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Areas of Interest: literacy studies; language ideologies; community literacy; comparative rhetoric; WAC/WID and writing center studies

Professor Lorimer Leonard has published in College English, Research in the Teaching of English, and Written Communication. Her book Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy (University of Pittsburgh Press) won the 2019 Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. In 2017, Professor Lorimer Leonard received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at UMass Amherst. You can read more about her work at her personal website.

Janine Solberg, Director, PWTC Program. Degree: Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Areas of Interest: gender, technology and culture; digital media and emerging literacies; digital humanities; professional and technical communication; information design

Professor Solberg is completing a book manuscript, tentatively titled "Pretty Typewriters: Gender, Technology, and Literacy in Career Advice Literature for Women." She co-directs and teaches in the Professional Writing and Technical Communication (PWTC) program and is a core member of the Digital Humanities Initiative. At the University of Illinois, she directed the Programs in Professional Writing and helped develop and run communication workshops for the Mid-America Earthquake Center. She has taught courses in business and technical writing, web design, and an advanced composition course called Writing with Video. She has published in Advances in the History of RhetoricLiteracy in Composition Studies (LiCS), and Kairos.


Books published by Composition and Rhetoric faculty (selected)

Writing on the Move, a book by Rebecca Lorimer Leonard   City of Rhetoric, a book by David FlemingIdentity Matters, a book by Donna LeCourtRewriting Success in Rhetoric and Composition Careers, edited by Donna LeCourtTeaching the New Writing: Technology, Change, and Assessment by Anne Herrington and Charles MoranGenre Across the Curriculum, edited by Anne Herrington and Charles MoranPersons in Process: Four Stories of Writing and Personal Development in College, written by Anne Herrington and Marcia CurtisVernacular Eloquence by Peter Elbow  Writing Against Racial Injury by Haivan Hoang    From Form to Meaning by David Fleming   Networking Arguments by Rebecca Dingo   Megarhetorics of Global Development, edited by Rebecca Dingo and J. Blake Scott   Writing With Power by Peter Elbow   Writing Without Teachers by Peter Elbow

Emeritus Faculty

Anne Herrington, Distinguished Professor of English, Emeritus. Degree: Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Areas of interest: writing-across-the-curriculum, specifically connections between writing, learning, and identity; composition theory and practice; ethnographic and other qualitative research approaches for studying writing and teaching.

Professor Herrington is the former Chair of the English Department. She is the co-editor, with Charles Moran of the MLA book Writing, Teaching, and Learning in the Disciplines and of Genres Across the Curriculum. She also worked with Marcia Curtis, Charles Moran, and Sara Stelzner to produce the CD-ROM Teaching in Process: Multimedia Resources for Teachers of Writing (Houghton Mifflin). She and Marcia Curtis have authored Persons in Process: Four Stories of Writing and Personal Development in College (NCTE 2000), which was awarded the David H. Russell Prize for Research in Teaching by NCTE. Former Director of the UMass Writing Program, she is active in the Western Massachusetts Writing Project, serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Language and Learning across the Disciplines, and frequently conducts workshops with college and high school teachers on writing-across-the-curriculum models and pedagogy.

Charles Moran (1936-2015), Professor of English, Emeritus. Degree: Ph.D., Brown University

Areas of Interest: composition theory and practice, writing-across-the-curriculum, writing and emerging technologies.

Professor Moran, with Anne Herrington, co-edited the MLA book Writing, Teaching, and Learning in the Disciplines, and Genres Across the Curriculum. In addition he co-edited, with Elizabeth Penfield, the NCTE book Conversations: Contemporary Critical Theory and the Teaching of Literature, and, with Pat Belanoff, Sheryl Fontaine, and Marcia Dickson, Writing With Elbow. With Gail Hawisher, Cindy Selfe, and Paul LeBlanc he co-authored Computers and the Teaching of American Higher Education, 1979-1994. He worked with Anne Herrington, Marcia Curtis, and Sara Stelzner on the production of the CD-ROM, Teaching in Process. He served on the editorial boards of Computers and Composition, the Journal of Teaching Writing, the Journal of Language and Learning across the Disciplines, academic.writing, and Works and Days.

Peter Elbow, Professor Emeritus. Degree: Ph.D., Brandeis University

Areas of Interest: writing and the teaching of writing, voice in writing, assessment and grading, learning and teaching.

Professor Elbow has written Oppositions in Chaucer, Writing without Teachers, Writing with Power, Embracing Contraries, What is English?, and (with Pat Belanoff) a textbook, A Community of Writers. He edited Voice and Writing, he co-edited Nothing Begins with N: New Explorations of Freewriting as well as Writing to Learn: Strategies for Assigning and Responding to Writing in the Disciplines. He has published numerous essays on writing and teaching and evaluation. In 1986 he was awarded the Braddock prize for "The Shifting Relationships between Speech and Writing." In 1994 he was awarded the James A. Berlin prize for "The War between Reading and Writing-and How to End It."He taught at M.I.T., Franconia College, Evergreen State College, and SUNY Stony Brook where he also directed the Writing Program.He served on the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association and the Executive Committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. (Note: Peter Elbow retired from the University in 2000.) 

Program history

Composition and Rhetoric has a long and distinguished history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 1970, Walker Gibson began the program, and with John Mitchell, Charles Moran, and C.K. Smith, taught and mentored small cohorts of doctoral students through the next two decades. Under the leadership of Charles Moran, the program grew and gained national recognition. Anne Herrington (now emeritus) joined the Department of English in 1986, Peter Elbow (now emeritus) in 1986, and Donna LeCourt in 2002. More recently, David FlemingHaivan HoangJanine Solberg, Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, and Rebecca Dingo have also joined the composition and rhetoric studies faculty.