RCTE Faculty Bios

Matthew Abraham is Professor of English at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Out of Bounds: Academic Freedom and the Question of Palestine (Bloomsbury, 2014) and Intellectual Resistance and the Struggle for Palestine (Palgrave, 2014). He is also the editor of Toward a Critical Rhetoric on the Israel-Palestine Conflict (Parlor Press, 2015) and the co-editor (with Erec Smith) of The Making of Barack of Obama: The Politics of Persuasion (Parlor Press, 2013). His articles have appeared in College Composition and Communication, the JAC: A Journal of Culture and Politics, Cultural Critique, and the Journal of Culture and Religious Theory. Abraham's work sits at the intersection of rhetorical theory, Middle East Studies, and Critical Race Theory.


Damián Baca is Associate Professor of English at the University of Arizona and Program Director of RCTE. He is the author of Mestiz@Scripts, Digital Migrations, and the Territories of Writing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and lead editor of Rhetorics of the Americas: 3114BCE to 2012CE (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). He is also co-editor of the College English special edition “Writing, Rhetoric, and Latinidad” with Victor Villanueva. Additional articles have appeared in JAC: A Journal of Culture and Politics, Cultural Critique and Dialogue. Baca researches rhetoric, comparative technologies of writing, and global coloniality.


Amy Kimme Hea is Associate Dean for Instruction in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. In this role, Dr. Kimme Hea is responsible for curriculum review and assessment, student enrollment management, student recruitment and retention, undergraduate advising, and student engagement. She leads the Undergraduate Council in SBS and serves on campus-wide committees including CAAC and UWGEC. With the support of the Dean’s Office instructional team, Dr. Kimme Hea coordinates projects to support student learning, teacher development, and curriculum design and delivery in SBS and across the University of Arizona.

After completing her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue University in 2001, Dr. Amy C. Kimme Hea joined the graduate faculty in the Rhetoric, Composition, and Teaching of English Program in the Department of English at the University of Arizona. In addition to her faculty position, Dr. Kimme Hea served for over ten years as an administrator in the University of Arizona Writing Program (Associate Director 2004-2012 and Director 2012-2015). One highlight of her work as Director of the UA Writing Program was launching a five-year longitudinal study of University of Arizona student writers (with co-PI Dr. Aimee C. Mapes). Funded by support from National Council of Teachers of English and Council of Writing Program Administrators, this ongoing study follows a cohort of UA students through their academic careers and one year post-UA to understand their metacognitive and affective relations to writing and literacy. Dr. Kimme Hea has published research in composition studies, computers and composition, and professional and technical communication on new media, hypertext theory, spatial rhetoric, assessment, and service learning. Her 2009 collection Going Wireless: A Critical Exploration of Wireless and Mobile Technologies for Composition Teachers and Researchers was nominated for the Computers and Composition best book award, and her 2014 special issue of Technical Communication Quarterly on social media is the most widely read in that venue. Dr. Kimme Hea has also published essays in edited collections and peer-reviewed journals in her field, and she is an editorial review board member for Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy and Writing Commons.

Dr. Kimme Hea has strong commitments to teaching and service. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in writing, rhetoric, technology studies, and professional and technical communication, and she has won recognition for her excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Kimme Hea currently holds two national executive positions, Executive Board Member for the Council of Writing Program Administrators and Associate Chair of Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition. At the University of Arizona, she served as a Faculty Fellow for Program Assessment (2011-2013) with the Office of Instruction and Assessment and participated as a Fellow with the Academic Leadership Institute (2011-2012).


Thomas P. Miller is Professor of English and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. He has won awards for teaching, mentoring graduate students, and leadership on diversity issues.  He has published five books and over fifty scholarly articles, chapters, and reviews on rhetorical theory and history and the teaching of writing. He received a national award from the Modern Language Association for The Formation of College English Studies: Rhetoric and Belles Lettres in the British Cultural Provinces.  The second part of his history of college English appeared in 2011 as The Evolution of College English: Literacy Studies from the Puritans to the Postmoderns.


Susan Miller-Cochran is Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on instructional technology, ESL writing, working conditions in writing programs, and writing program administration. She is a co-author of The Cengage Guide to Research (Cengage, 2017), An Insider’s Guide to Academic Writing (Macmillan, 2017), and Keys for Writers (Cengage, 2014). She is also an editor of Rhetorically Rethinking Usability (Hampton Press, 2009) and Strategies for Teaching First-Year Composition (NCTE, 2002). She currently serves as President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators.


John Warnock graduated from Amherst College, Oxford University, and the New York University School of Law, clerked in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, decided not to practice law, and in 1970 began to teach English at the University of Wyoming. Over the next twenty years at UW, he directed the composition program, the Wyoming Writing Project, the Writing Center, the Rhetoric Institute (with W. Ross Winterowd), and the Wyoming Conference on Freshman and Sophomore English. In 1973, he gave his first paper at the 4C’s, “Who’s Afraid of Theory.” In 1989, he published Representing Reality: Readings in Literary Nonfiction (St. Martins Press). In 1991, he and Tilly Warnock moved to the University of Arizona where he directed the new Ph.D. program in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English. For the next twenty summers he also taught for the Bread Loaf School of English. In 2003 he published Effective Writing: A Handbook with Stories for Lawyers (Parlor Press). In 2006 he co-founded and now co-edits (with Michael Moore) the Community Literacy Journal.


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