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.
Dr. Parker joined the Program in Writing and Communication (PWC) in fall of 2021. As Associate Director, Parker supports the Communication in the Disciplines Program (CID), which emphasizes discipline specific communication tasks in collaboration with faculty and students. From 2017-2021, Parker taught writing courses at Syracuse University, including first-year, creative non-fiction, and professional writing. She holds a PhD in Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies from the University of Alabama, where she also worked as Assistant Director of the UA Writing Center. Parker’s research and writing are largely interdisciplinary, with publications ranging from a peer-reviewed webtext to poetry and flash-fiction. Her research interests include communication and rhetorical theory, aesthetics, narratology, and digital/visual rhetoric. Parker’s most recent work studies digital narratives of Japanese American incarceration.
Armeshia Love is the Program Coordinator for the Program of Writing and Communication. Prior coming to Rice, she worked for the Enrollment Managment Department at University of Houston - Downtown. Armeshia received her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from University of Houston - Downtown in Fall 2020.
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 2019. He manages the day-to-day operations of the communication consultant program, including communication consultant hiring, training, and professional development. He holds an Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Kansas. Jacob has been working in writing centers since 2012, previously serving as an Administrative Intern, Workshop Coordinator, and Graduate Consultant. His research interests include writing center theory and practice, multi-modal literacy, spatial theory, and LGBTQ+ identity politics, as well as maintaining an interest in medieval and early modern literature. Currently, he is working on a publication on teaching media literacy to first-year college students.
Assistant Director of Visual Communication
Autumn Horne is the Assistant Director of Visual Communication at Rice’s Center for Academic and Professional Communication (CAPC). Autumn specializes in data visualization, presentation design, and teaching the principles of effective visual communication to both academic and professional audiences. Previously, Autumn worked as the lead graduate consultant at the CAPC. She completed her graduate training at Rice University where she studied the cognitive neuroscience of language and memory.
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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.