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Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

Keith Clavin
Adjunct Professor
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Keith Clavin

Keith
Clavin
Adjunct Professor
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Keith Clavin has a PhD in Literary Studies. He has worked at Roger Williams since 2014. In the Writing Program, he has taught WTNG 102: Expository Writing and WTNG 220: Critical Writing for the Professions. His research interests include Victorian literature and culture, the history of economic thought, film, and critical theory.

Diane Beltran
Adjunct Professor

MA English: Writing & Rhetoric, University of Rhode Island

BA English / African-American Studies, Mount Holyoke College

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Diane Beltran

Diane
Beltran
Adjunct Professor

MA English: Writing & Rhetoric, University of Rhode Island

BA English / African-American Studies, Mount Holyoke College

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Professor Beltran frequently teaches WTNG 102: Expository Writing here at Roger Williams University. 

Kellie Charron
Adjunct Professor
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Kellie Charron

Kellie
Charron
Adjunct Professor
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Kellie Charron is currently an Adjunct Instructor with the English and Writing Departments of the Community College of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, and the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Here at RWU, she is responsible for teaching several sections of the WTNG 102: Expository Writing course, both in-person and online.

Ronald Schmitt
Adjunct Professor

Ph.D, University of Rhode Island

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Ronald Schmitt

Ronald
Schmitt
Adjunct Professor

Ph.D, University of Rhode Island

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I received my doctorate in English from the University of Rhode Island in 1995. My areas of specialization were mythology, folklore, science fiction and critical theory and I contributed a few publications in those fields at that time. I also taught at U.R.I. as a teaching assistant during my graduate work there.

I have been teaching for over 20 years at the Accelerated and Professional Studies Division of Fisher College, formerly in Fall River and currently in New Bedford and North Attleboro, MA. In addition, I have taught for the past several years at The Community College of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University as an adjunct professor.

I am also a professional musician who has played in several local bands, but I am currently composing and recording music for ballroom dancing. My ballroom music is available at iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby, and can be heard on Spotify, Jango and other Internet Radio services under the name Lunamoon.

My apocalyptic novel, Not With A Bang: The Last Days of America will be self-published on Amazon this year.

Christian Pulver
Assistant Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
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401-254-5663
Global Heritage Hall 239

Christian Pulver

Christian
Pulver
Assistant Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
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401-254-5663
Global Heritage Hall 239

 Christian PulverMr. Pulver was born under the shadow of Denali and raised by a family of wolves. After one winter too many and one meal too few, he broke from the pack driving a Nissan Sentra and headed east to Boston. His intention, so he claims, was to go to the “big city” and “find himself” not realizing he could have stopped in Seattle, Chicago, or any number of big cities on his way East. He has spent the last fifteen years living in New York and New England.

Mr. Pulver received his M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and his Ph.D. in English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a masters student he studied literature, composition, and cultural theory. His master’s thesis explored the theoretical and practical concerns associated with building online writing applications specifically designed to teach digital literacies.

David Gillespie
Adjunct Professor

B.A, M.A.

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(401) 751-3433

David Gillespie

David
Gillespie
Adjunct Professor

B.A, M.A.

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“In my mind, the best teacher is the example.  A writing teacher should write, and I provide my own models for all my assignments.”  Mr. Gillespie has been teaching at RWU since 1991, and he has been a faculty writing tutor for almost as long.  Besides RWU, Mr. Gillespie has taught college writing at The Rhode Island School of Design, The University of Rhode Island, The Community College of Rhode Island, UMass-Lowell, Cape Cod Community College, and the University of Arizona, where he earned a Master’s Degree in English with an emphasis on junior-college teaching.  Mr. Gillespie earned a Bachelor’s Degree (emphasis on secondary education) from the University of Connecticut.

Prior to working at RWU, Mr. Gillespie was a free-lance writer for various newspapers and magazines. He also worked in a resume-writing office.  He sold a writing sample to textbook publisher/writer John Langan and wrote a book about citation formats (Cite Right) for RWU. He also wrote a “Peer Tutor Guide” for RWU’s Writing Center.

Jane Harrison
Adjunct Professor

B.A. Brown, M.A. URI

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Jane Harrison

Jane
Harrison
Adjunct Professor

B.A. Brown, M.A. URI

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Ms. Harrison teaches Critical Writing for the Professions.

Her interests include environmental conservation and historical preservation. She has written grant applications that have garnered more than $1.5 million for the Town of Warren to protect farmland and wildlife habit and more than $100,000 for restoration of the historic Maxwell House in Warren, RI.

Barbara VonVillas, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (English) University of Rhode Island
C.A.G.S. (Educational Administration) Rhode Island College

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Barbara VonVillas, Ph.D.

Barbara
VonVillas, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (English) University of Rhode Island
C.A.G.S. (Educational Administration) Rhode Island College

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Dr. VonVillas teaches WTNG 220:  Critical Writing for the Professions and CORE 104: Literature, Philosophy, and the Ascent of Ideas.

She came to RWU in 2006 after 35 years as a public school teacher and administrator in 3 states, including 7 years as a RI Superintendent of Schools.

She has served as the editor of The Leaflet (New England Association of Teachers of English). Her articles have been published in the Middle School Journal (Association for Middle Level Education), The Bulletin (National Association of Secondary School Principals), and The School Administrator (American Association of Shool Administrators.)

She has also served as a Chair of the Middletown, RI School Committee and is currently a 3rd term member of the Middletown Town Council.  Her educational passion is improving instruction, and her political focus is the regionalization of Newport County (RI) high schools.

See her web site at middletownleads@blogspot.com

Rosalie Franks
Adjunct Professor

B.A, Smith College
M.A., Columbia University, Teacher's College
Ed.D., Boston University

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401-254-3035
Global Heritage Hall 209

Rosalie Franks

Rosalie
Franks
Adjunct Professor

B.A, Smith College
M.A., Columbia University, Teacher's College
Ed.D., Boston University

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401-254-3035
Global Heritage Hall 209

Dr. Franks teaches WTNG 100: Introduction to Academic Writing, WTNG 102: Expository Writing, Writing 200: Critical Writing for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Core 104: Literature, Philosophy, and the Ascent of Ideas, and COMM 210: Introduction to Public Speaking.

Harvey Ussach
Adjunct Professor

MA in Print Journalism

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Harvey Ussach

Harvey
Ussach
Adjunct Professor

MA in Print Journalism

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Harvey Ussach teaches Introduction to Academic Writing, Expository Writing, and Critical Writing 200 and 220.

He has been at Roger Williams University since 2006, in college teaching since 1998, and always in business journalism since getting an MA in Print Journalism from American University, Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, New Bedford Standard Times, weekly newspapers and magazines, academic journals, and a literary review.

Along life’s road, he owned a camera and film developing store in New Jersey and a film production company in New York City, and he has managed retail businesses, so he knows a thing or two about effective workplace writing, listening and speaking skills.

Interests include play and poetry writing, jazz and classical music, and hiking and orienteering.