Prospective Students


Spring 2017


Dear Prospective RCTE Graduate Student:

Greetings from the Graduate Program in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, RCTE, at University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. We have included more information on what you can expect as a student in our program below. Our mission and vision are on our webpage. The deadline for admissions is December 31. For more information, contact Sharonne Meyerson.

Graduate students in RCTE are often distinguished for their public engagement and action-oriented research, published scholarship, and innovative teaching. They have been selected as Carson Scholars, Crossroads Collaborative Scholars, Fulbright Scholars, and Scholars for the Dream. Our graduate students are often recognized for their teaching and have received a range of teaching and research awards including the 1885 Dissertation Fellowship Award, the Centennial Achievement Award, the Marshall Foundation Fellowship, and the Patrick Dissertation Award. RCTE dissertation projects are broadly engaged and interested in social change and justice.

RCTE MA and PhD students teach in our award-winning Writing Program, which provides varied opportunities to teach a range of first-year and upper-division courses, and gain additional professional experience within the program in areas such as human subjects-based research, textbook and curriculum development, assessment, transfer and placement, and writing center support. Graduate students receive small-group mentoring and support from experienced and committed teachers throughout their first year, with continued support throughout their time teaching in the program. We facilitate opportunities for research assistantships across the university as well.

RCTE retains a remarkable job placement rate with over 97% of our students who do national searches placed in tenure-track positions. Our graduates have been hired at universities around the country such as Arizona State University, the University of South Carolina, the University of Hawaii, California State University, and the University of California, Irvine. Some of our graduates have accepted leadership positions in community colleges such as Oakland Community College and Bay Mills Tribal Community College, while others select employment in the not-for profit, private, or government sectors, including national research labs and think tanks.

RCTE is connected to over twenty schools, departments, research and outreach centers on our campus, and we are broadly involved in collaborations with diverse community and education groups. RCTE has established a multitude of opportunities for graduate students to work with other outstanding graduate programs on our campus, including American Indian Studies, Mexican American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, and the School of Information. Our students also have access to our department’s programs in English Language and Linguistics, Literature, and Creative Writing, as well as to exciting opportunities in the Institute of the Environment and the Institute for LGBT Studies.

The University of Arizona is a premiere public research university that is fully engaged with the cultures and peoples of the Southwest even as it is always at work on issues of global and transnational import. RCTE in particular is proud to serve our land-grant mission to engage in action-oriented scholarship that recognizes the strengths and addresses the needs and potentials of the diverse communities that surround the University. In RCTE, we view rhetoric and composition as arts at work in the world that must be studied and practiced in the context of broader cultural and public interests.

Established in 1988, our program has long been known for its commitment to engaged and innovative scholarship, informed pedagogy, composition studies, writing program administration, community literacies and outreach. Recently, we have built on these program strengths and commitments, and now have a faculty and graduate curriculum as well as program mission that are rigorous and even more diverse.

For more information, contact Sharonne Meyerson.



Matthew Abraham


Susan Miller-Cochran



Damián Baca

Associate Professor, Director

Graduate Program in RCTE

Tom Miller

Professor and Vice Provost


Amy Kimme-Hea

Associate Professor

Associate Dean for Instruction, SBS

Cristina Ramírez

Assistant Professor


Stephanie Troutman

Assistant Professor


John Warnock




College of Social and Behavioral Sciences