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TRACY VOLZ

Director, Program in Writing and Communication
Professor in the Practice
Herring 129 | MS-630 |
tmvolz@rice.edu | 713.348.6192

Dr. Tracy Volz became the director of the Program in Writing and Communication in 2013. She oversees the First-year Writing-Intensive Seminar Program, the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication, communication resources for non-native speakers of English, and she supports Communication in the Disciplines courses.

Tracy has been teaching communication at Rice for nearly two decades, most recently as a senior lecturer of professional communication in the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) in the Brown School of Engineering. She developed expertise in technical and medical communication when she joined the Center for Collaborative and Interactive Technology at Baylor College of Medicine from 1997-1999. Following this, Tracy served as the assistant director of the Cain Project in Engineering and Professional Communication at Rice, where she worked with engineering faculty to integrate written, oral and visual communication into undergraduate and graduate courses through 2008. In addition to working with Rice faculty and students, Tracy has taught communication seminars to engineers, physicians, teachers, and business professionals. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Rice, and her scholarly interests have expanded to include genre studies, technical posters, and engineering education. 

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Elaine Chang

Program Coordinator, Program in Writing and Communication
Herring 129 | MS-630 | ElaineChang@rice.edu | 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.


FIRST-YEAR WRITING-INTENSIVE SEMINAR PROGRAM

DAVID FERRIS

Associate Faculty Director, FWIS Program
Associate Professor, Musicology, Shepherd School of Music
Alice Pratt Brown 1205 | MS-532 | ferris@rice.edu | 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.

Fall 2016 Course:
FWIS 118: Music, Myth and Madness: Studies in Musical Biography

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DAVID MESSMER

Assistant Director, FWIS Program
Lecturer, Program in Writing and Communication
Fondren 419 | MS-625 | dmessmer@rice.edu | 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.

Fall 2016 Courses:
FWIS 108: Graphic Novels and the Art of Communication
FWIS 123: Star Wars and the Writing of Popular Culture


CENTER FOR WRITTEN, ORAL, AND VISUAL COMMUNICATION

JENNIFER SHADE WILSON

Director, Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication
Lecturer, Program in Writing and Communication
Fondren 200C | MS-625 | jsw@rice.edu | 713.348.4924

Jennifer Shade Wilson is the Director of the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication (CWOVC), as well as a senior lecturer in 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. learn more

KYUNG-HEE BAE

Associate Director, Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication
Lecturer, Program in Writing and Communication
Fondren 200B | MS-625 | kbae@rice.edu | 713.348.4915

Kyung-Hee Bae is the Associate Director of the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication (CWOVC), as well as a lecturer in the Program for Writing and Communication. Prior to joining the Center, Kyung-Hee worked at the writing and communication skills center at the University of Houston for ten years, six years of which time she served 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 publication includes a chapter in Generation 1.5 in College Composition: Teaching Academic Writing to U.S.-Educated Learners of ESL. learn more

ELIZABETH A. FESTA

Associate Director, Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication
Lecturer, Program in Writing and Communication
Fondren 200B | MS-625 | elizabeth.a.festa@rice.edu | 713.348.4916

Elizabeth Festa is the Associate Director of the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication and a lecturer in the Program for Writing and Communication. She has been on faculty at Rice since 2007. She received her PhD and MA in English literature from Vanderbilt University and her BA in English from the University of Notre Dame. Before coming to Rice, she taught at Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia. She has designed and taught over 35 writing-intensive and oral presentation-intensive courses. Elizabeth's research interests include American literary modernism, material culture, visual culture, and documentary film. Her work on literature and material culture has appeared inArizona Quarterly. Elizabeth is a member of the screening committee for the inaugural Fulbright/National Geographic Digital Storytelling fellowship. Her university-level commitments include service on the Faculty Senate Committee on Examinations and Standings (2012-2013), the Health Professions Advising Committee (2012-present), and the Common Reading Committee (2010-present). learn more

SHAR'-LIN VENIER ANDERSON

Program Coordinator, Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication
Fondren 200D | MS-625 | sva1@rice.edu | 713.348.4932

Shar’-Lin Anderson is Program Coordinator for the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual 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 Coordinator, Shar’-Lin was instrumental to the successful opening of the CWOVC 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 BA in English literature from the University of New Mexico and a BS in Health Information Administration (summa cum laude) from Stephens College.