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Diane Abdo

Distinguished Senior Lecturer

GSR 1.112C

Email: diane.abdo@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-5390

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.

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Jessica Abel

Lecturer I

GSR 1.112F

Email: jessica.abel@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-5346

Jessica Abel received her B.A. in English and Religion from Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas) and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Cornell University (Ithaca, New York). Her research interests center in pedagogy and the pedagogy of writing, modernist literature, James Joyce, and Ernest Hemingway. She has been involved in the teaching of writing for the past ten years. 

Jessica has been recognized by the Cornell Center for Teaching Excellence (2014), was a Cornell Graduate School Dean’s Scholar, and was twice awarded the Cornell English Department Martin Sampson Teaching Award (2017, 2018). Most recently, she was awarded the Cornell College of Arts and Sciences’ Diane Gebell Gitner Award for Teaching Assistants (2018). 

Currently, Jessica serves as part-time faculty at both UTSA and Trinity University, as well as full-time Project Coordinator for Customer Relations and Communication in UTSA’s University Technology Services. She is committed to driving the future of writing pedagogy and improving the state of the academic job market. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys reading, binge-watching TV and movies, and bothering her chihuahua, Tobie.

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Geneveva Cruz

Lecturer I

GSR 1.110C

Email: geneveva.cruz@utsa.edu

Call me Gen. It’s easier. I am a San Antonio native. Born and raised on the east side of town. I graduated from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee with a Bachelors degree in English and minor in Journalism. Upon my return to San Antonio (traveling military wife for 10 years), I earned my Masters in English Language and Literature at Our Lady of the Lake University. After completing my PhD course work in Leadership, I have decided to change routes toward my passion, Composition and Rhetoric. I will soon begin working toward completing my doctorate at Texas Woman’s University.

I am convinced teaching writing is my calling, and the Writing Department is where I belong. I have been teaching for 12 years, and I have been fortunate to be with UTSA since 2017.  

I am the lucky mom of two daughters, 22 and 14 years old, one 12 years old weenie dog, Oscar, and my grand-dog, 3 years old Derek James. I am a self-proclaimed TV junkie and in my leisure time, I can be found binge watching reruns of Friends or The Tudors and MCU films.

I approach teaching with a sense of humor, but I have high expectations for my students. I see potential in each and every one of them. At the end of each semester, you can find me in my office sobbing over final self-reflections essays as they realized they could do it all along.

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Robin English-Bircher

Lecturer III

GSR 1.110J

Email: robin.bircher@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-8628

I am proud to be a Roadrunner. I graduated from UTSA with a BA in English with a Writing Specialization in 1999. While at UTSA, I became involved in a number of groups that have helped me in life after college, including being hired to teach at UTSA. Luck struck while I was at UTSA; I met my husband Sean, and we married in 2000. 

After my undergraduate, I pursued writing by studying Creative Writing, with an emphasis on Poetry, at Texas State University. I knew poets don’t earn a lot, so I expanded my horizons. I taught while at Texas State, gaining two years of experience before I started teaching full time. I also took advantage of our required cognate – like a minor – and studied Technical Communications. Due to that additional study along with my study of poetry, I experienced my first opportunity to work in publishing. I helped edit two journals – Texas Books in Review and Southwest American Literature. Along with editing, I published a book review and oversaw poetry submissions. 

After graduate school, I returned home to San Antonio and UTSA, where I started working in 2004. While here, I have taught both Freshmen Composition courses and Technical Writing. 

When I am not teaching, I am either at home fending off my lap from one of my two cats or writing. I started writing about the Texas wine industry in 2012. I first wrote only for my only blog; since then, I have written for two other publications, Texas Wine and Trail Magazine and Lifestyles at Comanche Trace. These days, most of my wine writing is for Texas Wine Lover, an internationally ranked wine blog and news site. The writing has allowed me to meet a variety of wonderful people, visit some of the most scenic places in Texas, attend fun festivals, and yes, drink some very good wine lovingly made by fellow Texans. 

I also spend my free playing and writing tabletop role playing games. I have been avid player, starting with D&D when I was 10, and regularly play with friends, some I have been gaming with for over 20 years. In 2015, I signed on with my husband to create a role playing setting for the Savage Worlds system, The King is Dead. We always find ourselves behind with the main book, but at least we have a publisher already. So far, we have published an adventure module, VARGR, and are working on a second one for release in 2016. I also help my husband with his other publications, as well as the many talented writers we have met and now call our friends.

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.

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Christina Frasier

Lecturer III

GSR 1.104C

Email: christina.frasier@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-6594

Christina Frasier was born and raised in Nacogdoches, Texas. She received her BA from Stephen F. Austin State University in Psychology and English. After graduating from college, she then decided to pursue a Master's in English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Upon receiving her MA in 2001, she was hired at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Ms. Frasier has been a proud Roadrunner ever since, and has many pairs of orange and navy sweatpants to prove it!

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Mark Gifford

Lecturer III

GSR 1.112K

Email: mark.gifford@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-8621

I began my college education as a computer science major, but I quickly realized that because of the stressful nature of coding, I was likely to suffer a massive heart attack before I turned thirty. I switched my major to English Literature, and I've never looked back. 

I earned my B.A. in English Literature in 2001 from Baylor University. In 2005, I earned my M.A. in English Literature from The University of Texas at San Antonio. 

Since 2005, I have taught WRC 1013 and WRC 1023 at UTSA. I also serve as the technology coordinator for the Writing Program, and I am the faculty advisor for the Pre-Med Association. Most recently, I developed a discipline specific WRC 1023 course that focuses on science and pseudoscience in the United States. 

I'm the creator and author of the Hyperliterature blog, as well as the creator and author of the podcast Hyperliterature Presents, which can be found on iTunes and at Google Play

Along with Todd Wright, I'm also the co-author of the audiobook When Wade Tried to Save the World and the audio series The Adventures of Heroman, as well as a featured voice actor in both productions. For more information on Heroman, visit our Facebook page. The short film I wrote tited "'Bout Normal / Nothin' Special" won the Platinum Remi Award for Work in Progress at the Houston WorldFest Film Fesvial.

When I'm not grading essays or writing, I enjoy reading books and watching films, running and mountain bike riding, and frantically trying to get the first place in Tetris 99.

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Robyn Glasscock

Lecturer I

GSR 1.110K

Email: robyn.glasscock@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-8629

Once upon a time, someone asked me, “What are you going to do, go to college for the rest of your life?” I thought, “Hmm, maybe that isn’t such a bad idea,” and I’ve been “going to college” ever since.

I received my B.A. and M.A. in English from UTSA and am a proud recipient of the Kenneth Alan Hovey Memorial Scholarship.

I’ve travelled between Wyoming (my quasi-native homeland) and San Antonio for the past twelve years. I have taught developmental and introductory courses in composition and literature, both in lecture format and online, for six years. As a result, I interact daily with students, faculty, and staff from both rural and suburban settings. Within seconds, my “e-world” spans the countryside and mountain ranges to rush hour and city life. Having had my fill of nature and the great outdoors while growing up, I’m more likely now to be found happily haunting the climate-controlled halls of academia.

I enjoy reading and writing poetry, though my preferences regarding both tend to juxtapose one another. I appreciate reading “the old stuff” (or classics) like Shakespeare, Milton, Tennyson, Browning, Dickinson, and (dare I say) Byron, as well as “younger” modern poets like Whitman and Frost, but the poetry I write very seldom resembles what I prefer to read. I love attending poetry readings and stepping up to the podium. In my spare time, I’m an amateur artist, astronomer, and philosopher.

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Nancy Hall

Lecturer III

GSR 1.112G

Email: nancy.hall@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-5353

I was born and raised in San Antonio, and prior to segueing to academics, accumulated over 15 years public relations and marketing experience with national organizations. I graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University with a degree in English and minors in both Communications and Mexican American Studies.

Challenging and uncertain circumstances require people to strive for excellence. I believe recognizing student potential enhances community, facilitates synergy, and imparts a desire for academic excellence. I seek opportunities for student growth and excellence through which we all tap the boundless and renewable source of energy within. As such, the principles of synergy and sharing are important keys to understanding that we are each endowed with our own distinctive brand of excellence, enthusiasm and talent.

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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John Helton

Senior Lecturer

GSR 1.112J

Email: john.helton@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-5355

John "J.R." Helton has published books on movies, drugs, people, and dogs. He's the author of Bad Jobs and Poor Decisions: Dispatches from the Working Class from Liveright/W.W. Norton in 2018, a memoir based on his 20’s as a young writer and blue-collar worker in the 1980’s in Austin, Texas. He’s published the autobiographical novels Drugs and The Jugheads and the memoir Below the Line on the film business where he worked as a scenic artist on such films as Lonesome Dove and Dazed and Confused. The artist Robert Crumb has painted original covers for three of his books and has stated that “J.R. Helton is my favorite contemporary American writer.” Helton has also published two books in French with 13th Note Editions in Paris, Au Texas Tu Serais Deja Mort and Voyage Au Bout De La Blanche as well as short stories and poetry in Mineshaft Magazine, The Sun, and The Missouri Review and has won a Pushcart Prize. J.R. Helton is a Senior Lecturer in The Writing Program at UTSA where he has been teaching Composition with a focus on visual arguments for 18 years. He has also taught Creative Writing and courses on film for the Honors College at UTSA. His website is www.jrhelton.com.

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Maike Hudson

Lecturer I

GSR 1.110E

Email: maike.hudson@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-8625

Maike Hudson was born in Germany, where she spent fifth grade through sophomore year of college at a Franciscan academy. For graduate school, she transferred to the University of Osnabrück. She first came to the United States as an exchange student and was later offered teaching assignments at Texas Lutheran University (German) and the Alamo Colleges (German and English). Since 2002, she has taught full time at UTSA, first in the College of Education and Human Development and presently in the Writing Program.

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Karen Jensen

Lecturer II

GSR 1.112B

Email: karen.jensen@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-7727


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Manjit Kaur

Lecturer III

Email: manjit.kaur@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-5363

I joined The University of Texas at San Antonio in the Fall of 2004, and ever since, I have enjoyed being a part of the Roadrunner family. I have a Master's Degree in English (British Literature), and a Bachelor’s Degree in English with Honors. I am married to a Mechanical Engineer and have two boys. I love animals, and I try to rescue them whenever an opportunity comes by. My little four-legged son’s name is Woody. He too was a rescue dog. In my free time, which I barely ever have any, I like to paint. I paint in oil, and I usually like to paint something from the vast nature. I adore nature, and I enjoy long walks and road trips with my loved ones. I also enjoy watching TV, reading books, trying new recipes, and decorating my house. 

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Jennifer Keizer

Lecturer I

GSR 1.112F

Email: jennifer.keizer@utsa.edu

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Fred Kemp

Lecturer I

GSR 1.112H

Email: fred.kemp@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-5393

Dr. Kemp received his Masters in 1984 in creative writing at Texas A&M Commerce (then called East Texas State University) and his Doctorate in 1988 at the University of Texas, Austin, in Rhetoric and Composition with an emphasis in computer-based writing instruction. For 25 years he was a tenure-track and tenured professor at Texas Tech University, working primarily with the rhetoric group and then with the nationally recognized Technical Communication and Rhetoric onsite and online doctoral program. For the decade between 1992 and 2002 he directed Texas Tech’s first-year composition program and was afterwards instrumental in moving the entire first-year program to hybrid instruction and digital turn-in and grading, developing program-wide software that eventually became “RaiderWriter.”

His articles and conference presentations since 1986 have focused primarily on computer and network-based processes for teaching writing, as have the 16 dissertations he has directed over the years. For three years he was the director of the “7C’s” (“The Committee on Computers and Composition for the Conference of College Composition and Communication”). He was a founding member (1988) and president of The Daedalus Group, Inc., a group of some 13 professors and graduate students at the University of Texas who produced DIWE (The Daedalus Integrated Writing Environment), the very first (he believes) course management software for writing instruction. 

His research and teaching emphases remain computer-based methods for improving composition, pedagogical theory, and literacy issues. Since his wife is Assistant Dean of Libraries at UTSA, he has retired from his position at Texas Tech and now finds himself in the delightful position of once again teaching first-year composition.

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Loretta Long

Lecturer I

GSR 1.110K

Email: loretta.long@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-8629

Loretta Long received her M.A. in Writing from Portland State University and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University. She enjoys helping students gain more control of their writing and delight in taking ownership of this remarkable gift human beings came up with. She writes fiction and poetry and wishes she could have worked for Studs Terkel, because she loves interviewing people about their work stories.

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Santiago "Jim" Longoria

Lecturer III

GSR 1.112K

Email: santiago.longoria@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-8621

Jim Longoria believes in the importance of grammar and mechanics. He enjoys listening to NPR and drinking coffee, and he is a vocal opponent of British actors pretending to have American accents. 

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Pamela Mahan

Lecturer II

GSR 1.112H

Email: pamela.mahan@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-5393

Pamela Mahan received her BA in Religion/Biblical Languages from Oklahoma Baptist University. After graduation, she worked various jobs before finding work in the Correspondence Department of a local San Antonio government agency. This experience of reading customers’ letters on a daily basis motivated her to apply to graduate school to get a Masters in English so she could help people improve their writing skills. 

Prof. Mahan began her MA work at the University of Texas at San Antonio, then completed her degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2011. While a grad student at UH, she worked as a tutor in the Writing Center which complemented her focus on Composition and Rhetoric. Her Masters’ Project focused on how individuals reshape their identity during times of grief through involvement in online support communities and other social media. 

After Hawaii, she lived in San Diego where she taught composition courses at a community college before she returned to San Antonio and began teaching with the UTSA Writing Program in 2015. 

In addition to working with The Writing Program, she has worked with the Pathways to Health Professions program (with UTSA's College of Public Policy) during the past two summers. 

Prof. Mahan has a dry sense of humor and appreciates when students actually laugh at her jokes. Be prepared to listen to stories about her kids and her cats, as well as stories from her travels in Romania, China, and Hawaii.

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.

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Alyson Martin

Lecturer II

GSR 1.110H

Email: alyson.martin@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-7745

 

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.

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Darren Meritz

Lecturer II

GSR 1.112L

Email: darren.meritz@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-8622

 For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Victoria Miller

Lecturer I

GSR 1.110G

Email: victoria.lacymiller@utsa.edu

Victoria Miller received a bachelor’s degree in English and mass media from Angelo State University and earned her master’s degree in English at UTSA.  After graduation, she worked as an academic success coach at UTSA before joining The Writing Program. Her interests include Old English and medieval literature, and she enjoys finding creative ways to teach students based on their individual learning styles.  

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Beth Morley

Lecturer I

GSR 1.110C

Email: beth.morley@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-8624

Beth Morley received her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University and her Master’s Degree in Literature from Eastern Michigan University. She spent the first ten years of her career working in digital and traditional media. During this time, she wrote advertising copy, technical specifications, business proposals, contracts, and white papers. She has also worked as a professional blogger providing digital content for a variety of clients and industries. She joined teaching in 2006 and has worked both at University of Texas at Dallas and now at UTSA. 

She is married to a guy who makes her laugh every day and works as a professional innovator. She has three children who she is mostly proud of and a very yappy Miniature Schnauzer. She is an avid reader and writes fan fiction under a pseudonym. She is easily bribed with pretzel M&Ms and Diet Coke.

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Melissa Murata

Lecturer I

GSR 1.110A

Email: melissa.murata@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-8623

A long-time Roadrunner, I graduated twice from UTSA before heading to SUNY Albany to work on my PhD. I specialize in Walt Whitman Studies, Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Print Culture, and Rhetoric and Composition. My infatuation with Walt Whitman is well documented and I have been know to spontaneously and enthusiastically break out in soliloquy on his many merits and contributions. In my free time, I am engaged in passionate affairs with Netflix, and my Basset Hound- Puck.

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Marguerite Newcomb

Lecturer I

GSR 1.104E

Email: marguerite.newcomb@utsa.edu

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Betty Nyasulu

Lecturer I

GSR 1.110J

Email: betty.mkwindanyasulu@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-8628

Betty was born at Mhangura (then Mangula Mine) in Zimbabwe, Africa and partly raised in Malawi. She obtained her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics (Business Communication) from the University of Adelaide in South Australia. She earned her Master of Education (Social Studies) and Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics) degrees from Columbia University, Teachers' College, New York; and her Bachelor of Social Science degree in English and Psychology from Chancellor College, University of Malawi (UNIMA). Betty also taught at Solusi University, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, while on leave of absence from UNIMA. In Malawi, she taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including facilitating short courses in Communication for government top and middle managers at Malawi Institute of Management (MIM). Her experience and interests include Writing across the disciplines, Language and Communication, Applied Linguistics, Literature and English as a Second Language. Currently, she teaches Freshmen Composition I and II in The Writing Program. She has a son who is a medical doctor in the US army and a daughter studying Business Management and Entrepreneurship, with whom she hangs out during her free time.

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Hannah Park

Lecturer I

GSR 1.112D

Email: j.hannah.park@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-5342

Dr. J. Hannah Park received her MA and Ph.D. from Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been serving in the capacity of an educator for the past fifteen plus years, teaching all levels of students from a variety of contexts. Her research and teaching interests focus on online discourse, reading and writing, and digital literacy from sociocultural perspectives. She is especially interested in investigating L2 writing, computer-mediated communication, and multimodality, multilingual writers, multicultural education, and learning and cognition. Most of her research work involves qualitative and quantitative data triangulated from multiple sources. Her publications include both research-based empirical studies and practitioner-oriented articles and textbooks.

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Debra Pena

Lecturer II

GSR 1.112G

Email: debra.pena@utsa.edu

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Michelle Pina Theall

Lecturer II

GSR 1.110F

Email: michelle.pina@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-8626

Michelle P. Piña Theall is a San Antonio native.  She earned her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature and Language from St. Mary's University. She taught high school for 5 years before moving into university teaching.  She is now happily a member of the faculty at UTSA. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing, hanging out with her family, listening to NPR, and binge watching television.  She is a published poet in several different publications including Di-verse-City and The Pecan Grove Review.

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Gail Pizzola

Director & Senior Lecturer

PNB 1.118B

Email: gail.pizzola@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-5336

Gail Pizzola, originally from Massachusetts, earned her B.A. in English from Fitchburg State College, her M.A. in English from Clark University, and her Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in Rhetoric and Linguistics, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She taught at UTSA from 1988-1991, when her spouse retired from the U.S. Army and his civilian position took the family to Wichita, Kansas. After 12 years at Newman University, Pizzola and her husband returned home to San Antonio and UTSA. Here at UTSA she teaches Freshman Composition.

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Lindsay Ratcliffe

Lecturer III

GSR 1.112L

Email: lindsay.ratcliffe@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-8622

Lindsay Ratcliffe joined the Writing Program faculty in Fall 2006 after completing a Master of Arts in English at UTSA. Her persuasive writing class engages students with environmental issues while fulfilling UTSA’s core curriculum requirement for composition. Ratcliffe also teaches Tutorial II: Sustainability and Civic Ethos for the Honors College. A 2011 winner of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Core Curriculum Teaching and a 2013 recipient of the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, Ratcliffe is a member of UTSA’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars. 

In addition to teaching, Ratcliffe advises the Green Society at UTSA (a student environmental organization) and serves as a faculty representative on the Campus Garden Steering Committee and UTSA Sustainability Council. 

Ratcliffe is working toward a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England, where she earned a Master of Science in 2019. Her work focuses on communicating climate change adaptation to public audiences. To that end, she dedicated over 225 hours of service-learning to the development of SA Climate Ready, the city of San Antonio’s first climate action and adaptation plan. 

Ratcliffe is a certified Texas Master Naturalist and an avid Crossfitter, reader, and outdoors enthusiast with a burgeoning interest in plant-based nutrition and cooking.

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Dixie Shaw-Tillmon

Lecturer III

GSR 1.112E

Email: dixie.shawtillmon@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-5131

Dixie Shaw-Tillmon received a B.A. in English Literature in 1995 from the University of Houston, and then received her M.A. in English Literature, with specialization in the Renaissance, in 1997 from Sam Houston State University. Her master’s thesis was titled “Love and Nature in the Hesperides: Robert Herrick’s secular poetry.”

Dixie has taught writing courses at Sam Houston State University and Odessa College, and was the Public Relations Director for a school district in West Texas.  After recently moving to San Antonio, she began teaching for the Writing Program in the fall of 2005.

When she is not teaching, Dixie, with her husband, stays busy raising their two children and a yard full of animals!

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Martha Smith

Lecturer III

GSR 1.112A

Email: martha.smith@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-6593

I received a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin. I then received a M.A. in English from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. I began teaching for the Writing Program in 1990. After taking a seven-year break in the early 2000s, I returned to teaching. In 2016, I celebrated my twenty year anniversary with UTSA.

I generally teach two sections of WRC 1013 each semester. I am also the Associate Director of the Judith G. Gardner Center for Writing Excellence. When I’m on campus and not teaching, I can usually be found in The Writing Center (JPL 2.01.12D). I’m proud to serve as the Faculty Advisor for Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.


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Michael Tapp

Lecturer I

GSR 1.112D

Email: michael.tapp@utsa.edu

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Phil West

Lecturer I

GSR 1.112B

Email: phil.west@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-7727

Phil West has been a college professor since 2000. He graduated from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin that year, focusing on poetry and playwriting. He loves teaching — specifically, to help students become better writers, readers, and critical thinkers, to use the rhetorical approach in those aims, to help students find and develop their voices, and to be pragmatic and organized in approaching writing assignments.

He has been writing professionally most of his life, and it's anchored distinct phases of his life: Covering the nascent Seattle music scene for newspapers (starting in college in the late '80s and into the mid-'90s), being part of the poetry slam movement of the mid-to-late '90s, running the still-active Puro Slam series in San Antonio from 2001 to 2006 when he lived in San Antonio, doing public relations and content management for clients ranging from giant companies to authors and artists, and currently, writing about soccer. (He has two books out on The Overlook Press covering the beautiful game, one on the history of MLS, and one on the U.S. Men's National Team's prospects for future success, and he writes and edits for MLSSoccer.com, the official site for Major League Soccer.)

He lives in Austin with his amazing wife, two talented sons, and one magical daughter.

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Amanda Williams

Lecturer III

GSR 1.112E

Email: amanda.williams@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-5131

Amanda Williams received her B.A. in English from UTSA in 2002 and her M.A. in Linguistics from The University of North Texas in Denton. Her thesis was titled Present Tense Marking as a Synopsis of Southern American Speech: Plural Verbal –s and Zero 3rd Singular. She has been teaching writing courses and English grammar courses at UTSA since the fall of 2004.

In addition to teaching Freshman Composition and Structures of English, Amanda has partnered with the Tomas Rivera Center in a grant-funded program designed to improve graduate writing and graduate writing assistance. 

In her free time, Amanda enjoys reading classic literature such as Twilight, seeing live music from famous bands such as Nelson, watching ground-breaking films such as Maid in Manhattan, and spending time with her husband and son. Amanda is also a proud foodie, and she spends much of her time studying the culinary techniques of her heroes, Guy Fieri and Sandra Lee. She is also very active in her church, helping with the music ministries there, as well as working with the college-aged youth.

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Ryan Wilson

Lecturer I

GSR 1.104D

Email: ryan.wilson@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-7723

Ryan Wilson is a writer and musician who specializes in producing works of art which yield little to no financial benefits, much to his chagrin and bewilderment. He received his B.A. and M.A. in English from UTSA, is the author of an as-of-yet unpublished novel, and believes that the written word has the power to not only convey information and ideas, but to completely transform one's perception of the world and one's understanding of the very nature of consciousness itself. There is vast power in the ability to manifest one's intentions on paper, the power to augment and to undermine, the power to imprison and to liberate. Ryan believes that an artform so potent and so dynamic should be taught with the utmost passion, with his only desire being the ability to transmit the love of this wonderful medium to those he has the honor to teach.

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Todd Wright

Lecturer III

GSR 1.112L

Email: todd.wright@utsa.edu
Phone: 210-458-8622

Todd Wright teaches Freshman Composition I and II for UTSA's Writing Program. He lives in San Antonio with his wife Rachel, his daughter Ruby, and his pug Doobie. 

He received his MFA in Creative Writing from The New School in New York City, an MA in English from Kansas State University, and a BA in English from Texas Lutheran University. 

You can read his fiction in the Raleigh Quarterly, Booth and the San Antonio Current, you can listen to his work for the Hyperliteratre Presents podcast available on itunes, or you can view his website.

For faculty syllabi and current course schedule, please visit Bluebook.