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Director, Program in Writing and Communication
Fondren 200C | MS-625 | | 713.348.4924

Jennifer Shade Wilson is the Director of the Program for Writing and Communication. Jennifer holds a PhD in second language literacy from the University of Toronto, an MA in applied linguistics from the University of Houston, and a BA in English literature (magna cum laude) from Rice. Her research interests include writing pedagogy, second language writing, college composition, and adolescent literacy. Jennifer has published five book chapters on various aspects of ESL composition, second language acquisition, socioliterate support, and adolescent literacy, as well as articles in Composition Forum and Language Teaching. Currently, she is working on articles on the influence of social networks on the literacy development of immigrant adolescents and third space as a theoretical construct in sociocultural theory.
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Associate Director, Program in Writing and Communication
Lecturer, Program in Writing and Communication
Fondren 200B | MS-625 | | 713.348.4916

Elizabeth Festa is the Associate Director of (and lecturer in) the Program in Writing and Communication. She received her Ph.D. in English literature from Vanderbilt University and her B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame. Before coming to Rice, she taught at Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia. Elizabeth has designed and taught over 35 writing-intensive and oral presentation-intensive courses; her pedagogical interests include American studies, documentary film and photography, digital storytelling, digital humanities, and the medical humanities. Her research interests include American literary realism and modernism, material culture, visual culture, and documentary work.  Elizabeth was a member of the screening committee for the inaugural Fulbright/National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship and has served on that committee since 2014.  Her current university-level commitments include service on the Faculty Senate Library Committee (2014-) and the Health Professions Advising Committee (2012-present).  She is a Rice Ally. learn more


Elaine Chang

Program Coordinator, Program in Writing and Communication
Herring 129 | MS-630 | | 713.348.2929

Elaine Chang is the Program Coordinator for the Program in Writing and Communication. Prior to coming to Rice, she served as the Executive Assistant to the Head of School at The Joy School. Before her role at The Joy School, she had an opportunity to live in northern California to work as an Assistant Site Supervisor at a child development center. Elaine received her BS in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.




Director, FWIS Program
Lecturer, Program in Writing and Communication
Herring 129 | MS-630 | | 713.348.5394

David Messmer earned his PhD in English Literature from Rice University in 2009 and has been teaching various communication courses here ever since.  He has published multiple scholarly articles in the field of African American literature, and maintains research interests in that field, as well as in twentieth century American literature, graphic novels, and creative writing.  Messmer is also a Resident Associate at Sid Richardson College.

Spring 2019 Courses:
FWIS 108: Graphic Novels


Associate Faculty Director, FWIS Program
Associate Professor, Musicology, Shepherd School of Music
Alice Pratt Brown 1205 | MS-532 | | 713.348.2191

David Ferris is an Associate Professor of Music History at the Shepherd School of Music, where he has taught since 1998. He teaches seminars on the classical style, romantic song, folklorism in 19th century music, Mendelssohn and Schumann, Mozart, and jazz. He also teaches a FWIS on musical biography. His research interests include German Romantic Song, the life and music of C. P. E. Bach, and of Clara and Robert Schumann, the analysis of text and music, and musical biography. His work has been published by Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press and has appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of Musicology, Music Theory Spectrum, and Music Analysis. He is currently editing volumes for the new complete critical editions of Robert Schmann and of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.



Director, Center for Academic & Professional Communication
Lecturer, Program in Writing and Communication
Fondren 200B | MS-625 | | 713.348.4915

Kyung-Hee Bae is the Director of the Center for Academic & Professional Communication (CAPC), as well as a lecturer in the Program for Writing and Communication. Prior to joining the Center in 2012, Kyung-Hee worked at the writing and communication skills center at the University of Houston for ten years, six years as the assistant director. Her academic and research interests include writing in the disciplines (WID), second language writing, writing pedagogy and theory, genre theory and analysis, and writing center theory and practice. Her recent publications include a chapter in Generation 1.5 in College Composition: Teaching Academic Writing to U.S.-Educated Learners of ESL. learn more

Spring 2019 Courses:
UNIV 602: Academic Writing

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Instructor of Visual Communication and Design, Center for Academic & Professional Communication
Fondren 414 | MS-625 | | 713.348.3994

Anneli Joplin is an Instructor of Visual Communication and Design in the Program for Writing and Communication. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Missouri State University in 2012 and completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Rice in 2017. She was also a recipient of the NSF graduate research fellowship. Throughout graduate school Anneli nurtured a longstanding interest in communication as a peer writing consultant for the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication (CWOVC), a freelance illustrator, a fellowship application writing coach, and as an organizer and co-chair of the first Houston ComSciCon (Communicating Science Conference). She now teaches workshops on topics related to visual communication including poster design, digital illustrations, and data visualization.


Program Manager, Center for Academic & Professional Communication
Fondren 200D | MS-625 | | 713.348.4932

Shar’-Lin Anderson is Program Manager for the Center for Academic & Professional Communication.  She has worked at Rice since 2007, holding positions in the Office of Development and the former Program for Communication Excellence.  In her role as Program Manager, Shar’-Lin was instrumental to the successful opening of the Center and the expansion of Rice’s previous communication program into the Program for Writing and Communication.  Prior to arriving at Rice, she was a Claims Adjuster for Allstate Insurance, the manager of several processing units at an Allstate print facility, and a content manager for CVS Caremark.  Shar’-Lin received a B.A. in English literature from the University of New Mexico and a B.S. in Health Information Administration (summa cum laude) from Stephens College.