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Anna Floch Arcello

Assistant Director

aarcello@umass.edu

(413) 545-6240

Du Bois: 1326

This is my first year in the writing program at UMass Amherst, and I couldn’t be more excited to be joining this wonderful group of students and teachers. As the assistant director of writing, I collaborate with the director and assistant directors in training and supporting teachers, leading daily operations, serving on various university committees, and developing the writing program curriculum. I also teach undergraduate writing courses at UMass and mentor and teach graduate TOs of writing. I have my PhD in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, my MA in English Education and English Studies from NYU, and my BA in English Literature and Creative writing from NYU. My past research has focused on qualitative studies of diverse writers where I examine vulnerability, emotion, and empathy in their lives as writers and learners. I continue to be interested in reflecting on how emotion can be analyzed to best support students on the margins of the university. My current writing has been around the intersection between motherhood and composition, and I am also committed to examining contemplative teaching and writing pedagogy. I view my job as supporting students in their journeys as learners and writers, and as supporting teachers as they develop into educators and scholars. My door is always open to troubleshoot, to navigate this process, and to reflect on your experiences as individuals.