Composition Faculty

Benjamin Alsup, M.F.A. (University of Massachusetts, 2002)
Lecturer, Composition

Email
305-284-4673
215 Ferre

Areas of Interest: Fiction, Composition, Creative Non-Fiction

Benjamin Alsup teaches Composition and Creative Writing courses.  His fiction, non-fiction, and book reviews appear regularly in Esquire.


Ben Bogart, Ph.D. (University of Louisville, 2015)
Lecturer, Composition

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305-284-4673
219 Ferre

 Areas of Interest: Rhetoric, spatiality, Civil Rights Rhetoric, Creative Writing

Ben Bogart received his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Louisville, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the rhetorical spatiality inherent to prison literature. He has taught first-year composition and creative writing, and currently works as a writing tutor at Dade Correctional Institution in Homestead, FL, as part of a partnership between UM Writing Center and the local non-profit group “Exchange for Change.”


Brian Breed, Ph.D. (University of Miami, 2015)
Lecturer, Composition

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305-284-4673
125 Ferre

Brian Breed is a Lecturer in the English Composition Center. In addition to teaching English Composition 105 and 106 for the College of Arts and Sciences, he has frequently taught English 105 and 107 for the College of Engineering. He also works in the Writing Center as a tutor. 

His areas of interest include nineteenth-century British and American literature, contemporary scientific literature, scientific writing for general audiences, and science fiction. He focuses on rhetoric and narrative in both his courses and research, in the hopes that better reading and writing make for better community.


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James Britton, Ph.D (University of Miami, 2003)
Assistant Director of English Composition and Senior Lecturer

Email
305-284-4673
201 Ferre

Areas of Interest: Composition, American Literature, Science Fiction, Science Writing

James Britton received his Ph.D. in literature from the University of Miami.  He has taught first-year composition, American literature, and science writing courses.


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Melissa Burley, M.F.A. (University of Miami, 2004)
Lecturer, Composition

Email
305-284-4673
122 Ferre

Areas of Interest: Visual Rhetoric, Photography, Creative Writing

Melissa Burley received her MFA in fiction from the University of Miami after studying art history at the Université de Paul Valery, in Montpellier, France, and graduating with a B.A. in history from the College of William and Mary. Her poetry, prose poetry, an interview, and short stories have appeared in Tigertail, Flamenco, Mangrove, and Metromorphosis. She has published a book of photographs and her photography has been printed in local, regional, and national magazines. She is currently working on her second novel. Her interests include visual rhetoric and digital photography.


Paul Deveney, Ph.D. (London School of Economics, 2006)
Lecturer, Composition

Email
305-284-4673
311 Ferre

Areas of Interest: British Politics, European History, 19th and 20th century literature

Paul Deveney studied at the London School of Economics, and was a Senior Fellow for many years at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught writing and history. Earlier, he was a Senior Writer and columnist at the Wall Street Journal, and prior to that worked for several years as an editor in Washington, first with the old Washington Star and later with the Washington Post. He is the author of "Callaghan's Journey to Downing Street".


 

Danielle K. Houck, M.F.A. (University of Miami, 2000)
Senior Lecturer

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305-284-4673
211 Ferre

Areas of Interest: Art, Composition, Creative Writing, Organizational Communication, Popular Culture, Technology, Visual Rhetoric

Danielle K. Houck majored in creative writing at Miami University. She studied fiction writing at Georgetown University and earned her M.F.A. (fiction) from the University of Miami in 2000. She has taught ENG 105, 106, 209, 230, 333, and 350, as well as IGS 517 for the UM Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA) program.

She served as Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, FL, from 2003-2005, as well as editor-in-chief of Miami University's literary magazine, Inklings.

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Judy G. Hood, M.F.A. (University of Miami, 2004)
Senior Lecturer

Email
305-284-4673
120E Pentland House

Areas of Interest: American Literature, Visual Rhetoric

Judy Hood studied at Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany, graduated from Stetson University, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. Her work ranges from non-fiction to poetry and has been published in The Southern Quarterly, Mangrove Literary Magazine, and the Miami Herald. She contributed to the college text Composing Inquiry and presently teaches Visual Rhetoric and Advanced Academic Writing at UM.

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Andrew Green, M.A. (Florida International University, 2000)
Lecturer

Email
305-284-4673
210B Pentland House

Andrew Green was born and raised in Miami, leaving to attend the University of Sussex in Brighton, England for his B.A., followed by Cambridge University for his PGCE. He taught in London for four years, before returning to Miami. His interests include travel, travel writing, and writing on social equality and voices of outsiders, both in fiction and non-fiction.

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Joanna Johnson, M.A. (University of Miami, 2002)
Director of English Composition and Senior Lecturer

Email
305-284-3090
231 Ferre

Joanna Johnson received her MA from the University of Miami in 2002, and her Ph.D. from the University of Essex, UK, in 2015. Her teaching and research interests include writing studies, rhetoric and composition, pedagogy, Anglo-Caribbean writing, and writing for the sciences. She has taught in the composition program at the University of Miami since 2000.

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Katherine Komis
Senior Lecturer

Email
305-284-4673
130A Pentland House

Katherine Komis earned a BA in English Literature from UCLA and an MA with a focus in African American Literature from California State University at Northridge. Currently, her courses explore contemporary American issues examining the relationship between health, wellness, and the environment.

Susan Leary, M.A. (University of Miami, 2008)
Lecturer

Email
305-284-4673
220F Pentland House

 Susan L. Leary received her M.A. in English literature from the University of Miami in 2008.  She teaches the staple first-year writing sequence courses--English 105 and 106--and advanced special topics courses.  Her intellectual interests include literature and popular culture; film, television, and media studies; Victorian studies; and all things related to the critically-acclaimed television show, LOST.  Her current pedagogical concern is to give meaning to the buzz word of “critical thinking” and to provide students with concrete definitions for the idea-related moves expected of college writing.  She serves as Associate Faculty Master in Hecht Residential College.  

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April Mann, M.A. (University of Miami, 1993)
Director, Writing Center and Senior Lecturer

Email
305-284-2956
170C Writing Center

April Mann teaches in the English Composition Program and directs the Writing Center. She is currently involved in several projects related to writing, writing centers, and disability, specifically the autism-related disability known as Asperger's Syndrome. She was a contributor to and reader for Composing Inquiry: Methods and Readings for Investigation and Writing.

In 2004, April received an Excellence-in-Teaching Award.

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Gina Maranto, M.A. (Johns Hopkins, 1980)
Senior Lecturer; Co-Director, Ecosystem Science and Policy; Graduate Program Coordinator, Environmental Science and Policy

Email
305-284-8519
230J Ungar Bldg.

Gina Maranto received her M.A. in fiction from The Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University in 1980. She is a prize-winning science writer who has covered biomedicine, the environment, and Earth sciences at the national level since 1982. Her articles, opinion pieces, and reviews have appeared in Discover,The Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American, The New York Times, and other publications. She is author of Quest for Perfection (1996), a history of attempts to alter birth outcomes and a critique of new reproductive technologies.

Since 1998, she has taught courses in the English department, including ENG 105 and 107 (Writing about Science), 209, 290, 306, and 591. She has also taught a graduate scientific writing course at the Miller School of Medicine, IBS 602, as well as courses in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS 350) and Ecosystem Science and Policy (ECS 113 and 302). Between 2009 and Fall 2011, she was director of the graduate program in Environmental Science and Policy, and currently serves as its coordinator. She is co-director of the undergraduate program in Ecosystem Science and Policy in the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. She directed the English Composition program from 2007 to 2011.

In 2006, she received the Dean's Award in Special Recognition for Contributions to Undergraduate Education in the College of Arts & Sciences. She has also received a Vice President's Award for Service (2004), a Provost's Grant for Innovative Teaching (2004), and an Excellence-in-Teaching Award (2003).

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Martha Otis, M.F.A. (University of Florida, 2000), M.A. (Stanford, 1993)
Senior Lecturer

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305-284-4673
319 Ferre

Areas of Interest: Composition, Fiction Writing

Martha Otis has an MFA from the University of Florida, an MA from Stanford University, and a BA from the University of Chicago. Her interests include poetry and all genres of narrative storytelling. She teaches composition 105, 106 and 107, and moonlights in creative writing 209 and 406.

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Rachel Panton, Ph.D. (Lesley University, 2012)
Lecturer

Email
305-284-4673
140E Pentland House

Dr. Rachel Panton has an extensive background in composition and is a specialist in Adult Learning and Development. Her courses focus primarily on narrative and memoir. She is a registered Personal Historian and writes memoirs and personal biographies for families and businesses.

Roxane V. Pickens, Ph.D. (College of William and Mary, 2014)
Assistant Director, Writing Center and Senior Lecturer

Email
305-284-2956
170D Writing Center

Areas of Interest: American Studies, African/American literature and culture (particularly twentieth century); representations of racial/ethnic identity; theories of play and festivity; cultural studies; U.S. cultural literacy studies

Roxane Pickens earned her doctorate in American Studies (with emphasis on African American literature and expressive culture) from the College of William and Mary in May, 2014.  She has taught seminars in American Studies and Black Studies at W&M, and introductory courses in the UM American Studies program.  Her first-year writing courses at UM focus on identity, community, play theory, and cultural literacy.  She also serves as a writing tutor at the UM Writing Center.

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Samantha Phillips, M.Ed. (Lesley, 1993)
Lecturer

Email
305-284-4673
120E Pentland House

Samantha Phillips' creative non-fiction book, Real Girl/Real World (Seal Press 1998, 2003) is based on interviews with over seventy teen girls about beauty and the media, body image and eating disorders, sexuality, and the third wave of feminism. This book was re-created by a German feminist press (Orlanda) to cover similar issues. She is a regular contributor to Fit Pregnancy Magazine and has written for the Miami Herald and the Philadelphia Inquirer. As an adjunct at UM, she taught courses about the representation of teenagers in the United States.

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Lisa Reyes, M.A. (College of Staten Island, CUNY)
Lecturer

Email
305-284-4673
210B Pentland House

Areas of Interest: Women's Studies, Creative Non-Fiction, Literature of the Americas

Lisa Reyes was born and raised in New York City. She has taught writing at various branches of The City University of New York. Courses focus on women and gender. She also teaches Creative Writing through UM's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Charlotte Rogers, M.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., J.D. (University of Arizona and University of Miami)
Associate Professor of English

Email
305-284-4071
417 Ashe Building

Dr. Charlotte Rogers has published in journals and periodicals in three disciplines: literature (including prose and poetry in the English Journal, Jewish Spectator, Classical Outlook, and Explicator), reading and learning disabilities (including in the Journal of Reading, Reading Improvement, and Journal of Learning Disabilities), and law (including the Florida Bar Journal and Dade Bar Bulletin).

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Adina Sanchez-Garcia
Associate Director of English Composition and Senior Lecturer

Email
305-284-4673
210A Pentland House

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Joshua Schriftman
Lecturer

Email
305-284-4673
120E Pentland House

Joshua Schriftman teaches composition and creative writing courses. He earned his MA in literature from Virginia Tech and his MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh. His recent fiction and essays have appeared in Flywheel Magazine, The Pinch, and The Ninth Letter. At the 2012 AWP conference he spoke on and organized a panel called "The Possibility of Post-Orientalist Writing," an idea central to many of his teaching and writing projects. Currently, he also tutors at the Writing Center and works in the Creative Writing Program as Community Outreach and Events Coordinator, and he runs civic-engagement designated courses with the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

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Giovanni Turner
Lecturer

Email
305-284-4673
220E Pentland House

Areas of Interest: Composition, Music Aesthetics, African American Literature

Giovanni H. Turner, a New Orleans native, received his BS from Arizona State, JD from University of Pennsylvania, and MA in English from Virginia Tech. When not leading composition courses, he serves as President and In-House Counsel of Soul Model Recordings, LLC, with songwriter and performer credits for two albums and executive producer credit for another six.

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Josune Urbistondo
Lecturer

Email
305-284-4673
140E Pentland House

Josie Urbistondo received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Miami after receiving her B.A. from Florida International University and her M.A. from New York University. Her research interests include Caribbean, Latino literatures and cultural studies. Currently, Josie is working on representations of the sacred within Latino literature and visual arts. She teaches ENG 105 and ENG 106, focusing on how literary and visual rhetoric imagine belonging for marginalized individuals in their respective communities. Prior to joining UM's English Composition, Josie taught developmental writing, composition, literature, and political science writing at City College of San Francisco, Barry, and FIU.

 

Kurt Voss-Hoynes, Ph.D. (University of Miami, 2014)
Lecturer

Email
305-284-4673
210B Pentland House                                                                                                        

 

 

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John Wafer, Ph.D. Candidate (Indiana University at Pennsylvania)
Lecturer

Email
305-284-4673
130B Pentland House

John Wafer is currently obtaining his doctoral degree in Composition Studies at Indiana University at Pennsylvania ((IUP). His research interests include Composition and Disability Studies, Cognitive Neuroscience, Biocultural Literacy, Qualitative Research methodologies, Sports, Competition and Gender Roles, and How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon.