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Faculty & Staff

Dr. Heidi Estrem
Heidi Estrem is the Director of First-Year Writing. She leads faculty development workshops, develops curriculum for the first-year writing program, teaches first-year writing classes and the graduate seminar for new teaching assistants, and coordinates the assessment of the first-year writing program. Her research interests include TA education and mentoring, composition pedagogy, and other aspects of writing program administration.

Dr. Dawn Shepherd
Dawn Shepherd is Associate Director of First-Year Writing. She coordinates the program’s Professional Development Workshop Series, facilitates the Projecting Learning, Understanding Success (PLUS) Program, and teaches first-year writing classes as well as courses in the undergraduate writing emphasis and the graduate concentration in rhetoric and composition.  Her research interests include rhetoric and digital media, rhetorical criticism, cultural studies, and writing program administration.

Ms. DeAnna Jones
DeAnna Jones is the Program’s Office Manager. DeAnna will often be the first person you meet when you visit us, and she’s an expert at helping students solve problems. She can field your questions about writing courses and their requirements. You can reach her at 426-4209.

For a complete list of instructors, including office location and contact information, visit the English department’s faculty directory.