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Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

Dahliani Reynolds, PhD
Assistant Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
B.A. University of California, Berkeley; M.A. Western Washington University; Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
Contact Information
401.254.3839
Global Heritage Hall 239
Areas of Expertise: 
Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy, Rhetoric, Multimodal Writing, Feminist Rhetorics

Dahliani Reynolds

Dahliani
Reynolds
PhD
Assistant Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
B.A. University of California, Berkeley; M.A. Western Washington University; Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
Contact Information
401.254.3839
Global Heritage Hall 239
Areas of Expertise: 
Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy, Rhetoric, Multimodal Writing, Feminist Rhetorics

Dr. Reynolds is currently teaching Critical Writing for the Professions and CORE 104. In the Fall of 2013, she will be teaching a special topics course titled "Multimodal Writing in Public Spheres." Before joining the faculty at Roger Williams University, she taught writing courses at the University of Pittsburgh, including Seminar in Composition, Writing for the Public, and Written Professional Communication.

She regularly presents her work at national conferences such as the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Rhetoric Society of America, and Feminisms and Rhetorics.

Mel A. Topf, Ph.D., J.D.
Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
B.A. Long Island University, M.A. New York University, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Contact Information
x3237
GHH 236
Areas of Expertise: 
Professional writing, including technical and legal writing; writing and political theory; state constitutional and legal history.

Mel A. Topf

Mel A.
Topf
Ph.D., J.D.
Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
B.A. Long Island University, M.A. New York University, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Contact Information
x3237
GHH 236
Areas of Expertise: 
Professional writing, including technical and legal writing; writing and political theory; state constitutional and legal history.

Dr. Topf teaches Critical Writing for the Professions and next year will begin teaching several courses for the new minor in Professional and Public Writing, including Technical Writing, Science Writing as Public Discourse, and Legal Writing as Public Discourse. In the past he has taught courses in the communications major, including Media Law and Ethics, and in the English major, including British and American literature. His publications include articles on technical writing, on the political philosopher Hannah Arendt, on legal communication, and on state constitutional and legal history.  His book, A Doubtful and Perilous Experiment, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. He was chair of the department from 2007 to 2013.

Course Offerings:

Critical Writing for the Professions

John M. Madritch, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
B.A. Bucknell University, M.A., Ph.D. Lehigh University
Contact Information
x3802
GHH 237

John M. Madritch

John M.
Madritch
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
B.A. Bucknell University, M.A., Ph.D. Lehigh University
Contact Information
x3802
GHH 237
Paul E. Bender, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
B.A., M.A. Western Illinois University, Ph.D. Syracuse University
Contact Information
x3048
GHH 234
Areas of Expertise: 
Rhetorical Theory; Professional Writing; Computers and Writing

Paul E. Bender

Paul E.
Bender
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
B.A., M.A. Western Illinois University, Ph.D. Syracuse University
Contact Information
x3048
GHH 234
Areas of Expertise: 
Rhetorical Theory; Professional Writing; Computers and Writing

Dr. Bender teaches WTNG 200: Critical Writing for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Core 104: Literature, Philosophy, and the Ascent of Ideas. He also teaches a Core Senior Seminar: Stories of the Apocalypse, WTNG 210: Critical Writing for the Professions, WTNG 102: Expository Writing, WTNG 320: Writing for Business Organizations, SUST 101: Introduction to Sustainability, and WTNG: 303 Environmental Rhetoric.

He is serving as the 200 Level Coordinator for the University Writing Program and the Assistant Director of the University Honors Program.

He has presented papers at National Collegiate Honors Council, Popular Culture Association, Writing Across the Curriculum, Conference of College Composition and Communication, Computers and Writing, and Writing Program Administrators.

He is a member of the Sustainability Curriculum Committee, the General Education Committee, the Professional Development Committee, the University Honors Advisory Council (ex officio) and a number of department subcommittees.