Graduates with the Designated Emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies have gone on to a range of related careers.

Name Affiliated Program Year Dissertation Dissertation Committee  Current Employment/Occupation
Brenda Rinard Education 2010 The Persuasive and Evaluative Essays of Adolescent English Learners: How Context Shapes Genre Chris Thaiss (chair, UWP); Kerry Enright (Education); Dana Ferris (UWP) Continuing Lecturer, University Writing Program, UC Davis
Betsy Gilliland Education 2012 Talking about writing: Culturally and linguistically diverse adolesecents' socialization inot academic literacy Kerry Enright (chair, Education); Dana Ferris (UWP); Chris Faltis (Education) Associate Professor, Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa
Linda Florence Matheson Comparative Literature 2012 Divinely Attired Brenda Schildgen (chair, Comparative Literature) and Susan Kaiser (Textiles & Clothing/Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies) Lecturer, Comparative Literature & Textiles & Clothing, UC Davis
Shannon Pella Education 2012 A Situative Perspective on Developing Writing Pedagogy in a Teacher Professional Learning Community Chris Thaiss (chair, UWP); Christian Faltis (Education); Karen Watson-Gegeo (Education) Assistant Professor, English Language Development and Bilingual/Biliteracy in Secondary Education. College of Education: Teaching Credentials, Sacramento State University
Juliet Michelsen Wahleithner Education  2013 High School Teachers’ Instruction of Writing:  Negotiating Knowledge, Student Need, and Policy Steve Athanases (chair, Education); Carl Whithaus (UWP); Michal Kurlaender (Education)  Assistant Professor, Literacy, Kremen School of Education & Human Development, CSU Fresno & Co-Director, San Joaquin Valley Writing Project
Grant Eckstein Linguistics 2014 Ideal versus Reality:  Student Expectations and Experiences in Multilingual Writing Center Tutorials Dana Ferris (chair, UWP); Vai Ramanathan (Linguistics); Chris Thaiss (UWP) Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
Miki Mori Linguistics 2014 Negotiating Ownership when Incorporating Outside Sources: A Qualitative Study with Multilingual Undergraduate Students Julia Menard-Warwick (chair, Linguistics); Dana Ferris (UWP); Vai Ramanathan (Linguistics) Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the Centre Universitaire de Formation et Recherche (CUFR) de Mayotte
Sarah Klotz English 2014 Sentimental Literacies: Grief, Writing, and American Indigenous Rights Carl Whithaus (co-chair, UWP); Mark Jerng (co-chair, English); Hsuan Hsu (English) Assistant Professor, English Department, College of the Holy Cross
Aparna Sinha Education 2014 ""Exploring Directed Self Placement as a Placement Alternative for First year College Students in Writing Classes" Chris Thaiss (chair, UWP); Carl Whithaus (UWP); Karen Watson-Geogeo (Education);  Kory Ching (UWP) Assistant Professor, Composition & Rhetoric, CSU, Maritime Academy
Joanna W. Wong Education 2014 What to write: Elementary bilingual students writing in a second language Christian Faltis (chair, Education); Dana Ferris (UWP); Karen Watson-Gegeo (Education) Assistant Professor & Elementary Education Program Coordinator, Department of Education and Leadership in the College of Education, California State University, Monterey Bay
Hogan Hayes Education  2015 Mapping the Writing Resources Present as Students Transition into Upper Division Course Work in the Biological Sciences Dana Ferris (chair, UWP); Carl Whithaus (UWP); Lee Martin (Education) Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the English Department at Sacramento State University
Kelsey Krausen Education 2015 District Leadership and the Politics of Portfolio Management in an Urban School District  Thomas Timar (co-chair, Education); Michal Kurlaender (co-chair, Education); Carl Whithaus (UWP) Senior Research Associate, WestEd, Comprehensive School Assistance Program
Tara Porter Education  2015 Success and Sustainability of Writing-across-the-Curriculum Programs Chris Thaiss (chair, UWP); Carl Whithaus (UWP); Dan Melzer (UWP) Self-employed, Web Developer
Mary K. Stewart Education 2016 Interactive Learning in Technology-Mediated First-Year Composition Courses: A Grounded Theory Study of Small Group Discussion and Peer Review Carl Whithaus (chair, UWP); Chris Thaiss (UWP); Rebekka Andersen (UWP) Assistant Professor of English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Jenae Cohn English 2016 "The Books that Bind Us: Remediation of the Printed Book as Social Practice in the 21st Century" Carl Whithaus (co-chair, UWP); Evan Watkins (co-chair, English); John Marx (English) Academic Technology Specialist, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University
Michal Reznizki Education 2016 Doctoral Preparation in Rhetoric and Composition:  Understanding Postsecondary Teacher Education Dana Ferris (chair, UWP); Christopher Thaiss (UWP); James Jerry Murphy (English)   Lecturer, UC Berkeley
Rusty Bartels Cultural Studies 2016 War Memories, Imperial Ambitions: Commemorating WWII in the U.S. Pacific National Park System Robyn Rodriguez (chair, Asian American Studies); Caren Kaplan (American Studies); Sarah Perrault (UWP) Assistant Teaching Professor in Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition at Syracuse University
Katherina Sibbald Education 2017 Tyranny in the Mirror: Critical Reflections on Literary Talk with High School Juniors in Writing Conferences Kerry Enright (chair, Education); Steven Athanases (Education); Sarah Perrault (UWP); Danny Martinez (Education) Adjunct Professor, English and Education, Sonoma State University
Kendon Kurzer Education 2017 Writing in Economics Classes: Departmental Practices and Multilingual Student Challenges Dana Ferris (chair, UWP); Chris Thaiss (UWP); Michelle Cox (Cornell University) Lecturer, University Writing Program, UC Davis
Manuel Senna Education 2017 Variations in Support for Second Language Writers: Lessons from Top International Student Destinations Dana Ferris (chair, UWP); Carl Whithaus (UWP); Chris Thaiss (UWP) EFL Lecturer at Fukuoka University, Japan
Katie Evans Linguistics 2017 Engaging undergraduate writers: A study of motivational dynamics in the second language writing classroom Dana Ferris (chair, UWP); Vaidehi Ramanathan (Linguistics); Chris Thaiss (UWP) Lecturer, Writing Program, UC Santa Barbara
Kenya Mitchell Education  2017 The Deleted Drafts

Chris Thaiss (chair, UWP); Paul Heckman (Education); Mary Soliday (San Francisco State)

Assistant Professor, English, Santa Monica College
Matthew Zajic Education 2018 Assessing Attention and Engagement During Writing in High-Functioning, School-Age Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Peter Mundy (Chair, Education); Christopher Thaiss (UWP); Megan Welsh (Education); Steve Graham (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University) Postdoctoral Research Fellow; Curriculum, Instruction, & Special Education; Curry School of Education; University of Virginia
David Coad Education 2019 Teaching Rhetorical Strategies through Social Media: A Qualitative Study of FYC Instructors and Students Carl Whithaus (Chair, UWP); Cynthia Carter Ching (Education); Amber Buck (University of Alabama) Adjunct Professor, Solano Community College
Aaron Lanser Education 2019 Community and Identity in the Academic Borderlands: Digital Underlife Among First Generation College Student Writers Carl Whithaus (Chair, UWP); Dana Ferris (UWP); Chris Thaiss (UWP) Lecturer, Cal State Stanislaus
Michele Zugnoni Education 2019 Encouraging Empowerment Through Expression: Creation of a Self-Reflective Writing Group for First-Generation College Students Chris Thaiss (Chair, UWP); Carl Whithaus (UWP); Nancy Pearsall (UWP) Assistant Professor of Instruction, Northwestern University