Program in writing and communication
Jennifer Shade Wilson
Director, Program in Writing and Communication; Senior Lecturer
Dr. Wilson became the Director of the Program in Writing and Communication (PWC) in 2018. She oversees all programs associated with the PWC: the First-year Writing-Intensive Seminar Program, the Center for Academic and Professional Communication, communication resources for non-native speakers of English, and Communication in the Disciplines efforts. 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.
Elizabeth A. Festa
Associate Director and Lecturer
Elizabeth Festa is the Associate Director of the Program in Writing and Communication and a Lecturer in Academic Communication at Rice University. She received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. Elizabeth’s research interests include research development for faculty and graduate writers; professional development for graduate students; inquiry-based learning; and communication-intensive assignment design. She has served as a member of the screening committee for the Fulbright/National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship and has supported proposal development for doctoral students. Her work on training graduate students to provide feedback on national fellowships will appear in Re-Defining Roles: The Professional, Faculty, and Graduate Consultant's Guide to Writing Centers forthcoming from Utah State and University of Colorado Press. Before entering the academy, Elizabeth served as a Quartermaster officer in the 101st Corps Support Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky where she worked in a variety of positions, to include Battalion Adjutant and platoon leader. She was honorably discharged in 2005 as a Captain.
Program Coordinator, Program in Writing and Communication
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
Director, FWIS Program; Lecturer
Dr. David Messmer was named Director of FWIS in 2018. He 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 a past Resident Associate at Sid Richardson College.
Center for academic and professional communication
Director, Center for Academic & Professional Communication; Lecturer
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, 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 publications include a chapter in Generation 1.5 in College Composition: Teaching Academic Writing to U.S.-Educated Learners of ESL.
Jacob Herrmann became the Assistant Director in the Center for Academic and Professional Communication (CAPC) in the summer of 2019. He holds an M.A. in English literature from South Dakota State University, and he is currently working on completing his PhD at The University of Kansas. Jacob has been working in writing centers since 2012, serving as a Graduate Consultant, Administrative Intern, and Workshop Coordinator. His research interests include writing center theory and practice, spatial theory, and LGBTQ+ identity politics, as well as maintaining an interest in medieval and early modern literature. Jacob’s recent publications include “Brave/r Spaces vs. Safe Spaces for LGBTQ+ in the Writing Center: Theory and Practice at the University of Kansas” in The Peer Review: Journal for Writing Center Practitioners (2017).
Shar'-Lin Venier Anderson
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 previous 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.