Faculty and Staff

Katie Gindlesparger, Ph.D received an MA and PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona. During graduate school, she worked at a variety of literacy nonprofits, which still inform her scholarship and teaching today. At PhilaU, Katie directs the Writing Program and teaches Writing 100, Writing Seminar I, Writing Seminar II, and American Social Justice. She particularly enjoys working with faculty who teach writing across the disciplines. Her scholarly interests include writing program administration, emotion, ethnography, and community literacy.

Valerie Hanson, Ph.D Valerie Hanson, Associate Professor of Writing, received her Ph.D. from Penn State University in 2004. Her research focuses on the ways images create arguments along with writing, particularly in science and technology. Recent publications include the book Haptic Visions: Rhetorics of the Digital Image, Information, and Nanotechnology (Parlor Press, 2015) and articles about digital media, rhetoric, and nanotechnology. She also writes poetry and has a M.A. In creative writing from Temple University. Along with teaching writing classes, she is Program Director of the Hallmarks Core, the undergraduate general education core.

Kath Hubbard, M.F.A

David Rogers, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, received his Ph.D. from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2012. His research interests include political rhetoric, gender studies, composition studies, and cultural studies. David is currently working on an article analyzing American presidential campaign videos. He is also working on a collection of short memoir essays about his time in graduate school. Along with teaching writing and general education classes, he is the Coordinator for Writing 101, the Advising Advocate for his college, and the faculty advisor for the campus radio station and the honors student association.

Seth Steinbacher, M.A.

Stacey Van Dahm, Ph.D., teaches Writing 100G and Writing Seminar II as well as literature and ethics courses. She is an Assistant Professor of Literature and Writing. Professor Van Dahm’s research is in mural art and Latino/a culture as well as composition pedagogy.


Sebastian Agudelo
Jami Benton
S. Castillo
Jen Craig
Ian Davisson
Melissa DeGezelle
Michael Diezmos
Jason Dodge
Michael Epperson
Kelsey Gilbert
Stephanie King
Erin Lucas
S. Marshall
Abigail Orenstein
Steven Reed
Marta Rose
A. Strong