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Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

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.

Jon Henson
Adjunct Professor
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Jon Henson

Jon
Henson
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Patricia Richmond Jones
Adjunct Professor

B.A. English and Psychology, University of Rhode Island
M.S. Management, Lesley University
Labor Relations Management Certificate, Cornell University
Management Development Program, Northeastern University

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Patricia Richmond Jones

Patricia
Richmond Jones
Adjunct Professor

B.A. English and Psychology, University of Rhode Island
M.S. Management, Lesley University
Labor Relations Management Certificate, Cornell University
Management Development Program, Northeastern University

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After graduating from the University of Rhode Island, with a BA in English and Psychology, Pat joined the telecommunications company now known as Verizon.  She held numerous managerial positions in her career including Director level positions in Operations, Network Management, Human Resources (Training and Employment), Engineering, and Labor Relations.

During her telecom career, Pat earned a Master of Science degree in Management from Lesley University.

Pat has taught Writing courses at the University of Rhode Island, Community College of Rhode Island, New England Institute of Technology, and English and Management courses at Eastern Nazarene College,

Pat teaches WTNG 100: Introduction to Academic Writing, WTNG 102: Expository Writing, WTNG 200: Critical Writing for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and WTNG 220: Critical Writing for the Professions.

She aslso specializes in the following areas: critical thinking and writing, and development of professional research writing.

Patricia Smith
Adjunct Professor
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Patricia Smith

Patricia
Smith
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Tamia Burt
Adjunct Professor

M.A, Professional Writing UMASS Dartmouth

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Tamia Burt

Tamia
Burt
Adjunct Professor

M.A, Professional Writing UMASS Dartmouth

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Born in a small suburb of Cleveland, OH, I spent my childhood reading a lot of books. I went to Bowling Green State University (also in Ohio) and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music with a concentration in Education in 1981. I moved to Fall River, MA, in 1988 to take a position teaching music at a middle school there. I eventually decided to get out of the music education field and went to University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth to change careers. I graduated with a Master of Arts in Professional Writing in 2001.While working on my Master's degree, I worked with Spinner Publications in New Bedford to produce an illustrated, abridged version of Moby Dick. I am currently proofreading their new book, a Picture History of New Bedford, vol. 2. I taught freshman and sophomore writing at UMass Dartmouth until 2007, when I started teaching at Bristol Community College in Fall River and at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. I teach WTNG 102: Expository Writing and WTNG 200: Critical Writing for the Social Sciences/Humanities. My outside interests include playing flute with the Swansea Community Musicians Concert Band; I’ve been a member of the group since 1989.

Zona Douthit
Adjunct Professor

B.A, J.D.

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Zona Douthit

Zona
Douthit
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B.A, J.D.

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I have a B.A from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. In addition to teaching 102, 200 and 220, I currently practice law in Rhode Island, concentrating on estate planning.

Donald Holder
Adjunct Professor

BA, The University of Dayton
MA, University of Saint Joseph
CAGS, Central Connecticut State University
EdD, Vanderbilt University

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Donald Holder

Donald
Holder
Adjunct Professor

BA, The University of Dayton
MA, University of Saint Joseph
CAGS, Central Connecticut State University
EdD, Vanderbilt University

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Courses taught/teach @ RWU:

  • WTNG 100: Introduction to Academic Writing
  • WTNG 102: Expository Writing
  • CORE 104: Literature, Philosophy, and the Ascent of Ideas 

Experiences:

  • MS and HS English Teacher
  • Reading Specialist
  • Principal PK-12
  • Superintendent of Schools
  • Educational Consultant to the US Department of Education and the NH Department of Education
  • University Teaching @ Northeastern, Bryant, Sacred Heart, Bridgewater State, Providence College, The University of Rhode Island
Patricia Rinehart
Adjunct Professor

M.A. English

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Patricia Rinehart

Patricia
Rinehart
Adjunct Professor

M.A. English

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Pat has taught WTNG 102 and 200 at Roger Williams since 2008. Previously she lived in Eastern Pennsylvania and taught similar courses at Penn State branch campuses and at West Chester University. She holds an M.A. in English Literature at West Chester University, A Masters of Public Administration from Russell Sage College, and a bachelor’s in journalism from Boston University. She now lives in Stonington, CT, where she enjoys kayaking, quilting, reading, and writing, mainly in the personal memoir genre. She is currently editing her family’s diaries and letters of 1935-1948.

Richard Fucci
Adjunct Professor

B.A., M.A. English University of Rhode Island
M.Ed. (Secondary Administration), Providence College

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Richard Fucci

Richard
Fucci
Adjunct Professor

B.A., M.A. English University of Rhode Island
M.Ed. (Secondary Administration), Providence College

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Mr. Fucci is currently teaching WTNG 220: Critical Writing for the Professions and WTNG 102: Expository Writing. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences).

A former English chairman at Toll Gate High School in Warwick, Mr. Fucci was a member of the Executive Board of the Rhode Island Council of Teachers of English and chaired the English Steering Committee for the Warwick Public Schools. During Dr. Ted Sizer’s tenure as chairman of the Brown University Education Department, Mr. Fucci served as chairman of the university’s Teaching Centers Project.

Joyce Cote
Adjunct Professor
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Joyce Cote

Joyce
Cote
Adjunct Professor
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