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Staff

Bringing Expertise and Innovation to the Program in Writing and Communication

Program in writing and communication

Jennifer Shade Wilson

Director, Program in Writing and Communication; Senior Lecturer

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.

Contact

Office Fondren 200D
Mail Stop MS-625
Email jsw@rice.edu
Phone 713.348.4924

Elizabeth A. Festa

Associate Director and Lecturer

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.

Contact

Office Fondren 251
Mail Stop MS-625
Email elizabeth.a.festa@rice.edu
Phone 713.348.4916

Armeshia Love

Program Coordinator

Armeshia Love

Program Coordinator

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 will be receiving her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from University of Houston - Downtown in Fall 2020.

Contact

Office Herring 129
Mail Stop MS-630
Email al93@rice.edu
Phone 3994

First-year writing-intensive Seminar program

David Messmer

Director, FWIS Program; Lecturer

David Messmer

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.

Contact

Office Herring 129
Mail Stop MS-630
Email dmessmer@rice.edu
Phone 713.348.6192

Center for academic and professional communication

Kyung-Hee Bae

Director, Center for Academic & Professional Communication; Lecturer

Kyung-Hee Bae

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.

Contact

Office Fondren 200A
Mail Stop MS-625
Email kbae@rice.edu
Phone 713.348.4915

Jacob Herrmann

Assistant Director

Jacob Herrmann

Assistant Director

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.

Contact

Office Fondren 200C
Mail Stop MS-625
Email jh115@rice.edu
Phone 713.348.8305

Shar'-Lin Venier Anderson

Program Manager

Shar'-Lin Venier Anderson

Program Manager

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.

Contact

Office Fondren 200E
Mail Stop MS-625
Email sva1@rice.edu
Phone 713.348.4932