Susan Miller-Cochran

About Susan Miller-Cochran

Susan Miller-Cochran is Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on instructional technology, L2 writing, labor practices in writing programs, and writing program administration. Her work has appeared in Composition Forum, College Composition and Communication, Composition Studies, Computers and Composition, Enculturation, and Teaching English in the Two-Year College, and she is a co-author of An Insider's Guide to Academic Writing (Macmillan, 2016), The Cengage Guide to Research (Cengage, 2017), and Keys for Writers (Cengage, 2018). Additionally, she is also an editor of Composition, Rhetoric, and Disciplinarity (Utah State University Press, 2018); Rhetorically Rethinking Usability (Hampton Press, 2009); and Strategies for Teaching First-Year Composition (NCTE, 2002). Before joining the faculty at the University of Arizona, she was the Director of First-Year Writing at North Carolina State University (2007-2015) and also a faculty member at Mesa Community College (2000-2006). She currently serves as Immediate Past President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators.

Selected Publications


  • Malenczyk, Rita, Susan Miller-Cochran, Elizabeth Wardle, Kathleen Blake Yancey, editors. Composition, Rhetoric, and Disciplinarity. Utah State University Press, forthcoming 2018.
  • Raimes, Ann, and Susan Miller-CochranPocket Keys for Writers (6th Ed.). Cengage Learning, 2018. 
  • Raimes, Ann, and Susan Miller-CochranKeys for Writers (8th Ed.). Cengage Learning, 2018. 
  • Miller-Cochran, Susan, and Rochelle Rodrigo. The Cengage Guide to Research (3rd Ed.). Cengage Learning, 2017. 
  • Miller-Cochran, Susan, Roy Stamper, and Stacey Cochran. An Insider’s Guide to Academic Writing. Macmillan, 2016. 
  • Miller-Cochran, Susan, and Rochelle Rodrigo, eds. Rhetorically Rethinking Usability. Hampton Press, 2009. 
  • Roen, Duane. H., Veronica Pantoja, Lauren Yena, Susan K. Miller, and Eric Waggoner, eds. Strategies for Teaching First-Year Composition. NCTE, 2002. 

Book Chapters

  • Rodrigo, Rochelle, and Susan Miller-Cochran. “Acknowledging Disciplinary Contributions: On the Importance of Community College Scholarship to Rhetoric and Composition.” Composition, Rhetoric, and Disciplinarity, edited by Rita Malenczyk, Susan Miller-Cochran, Elizabeth Wardle, and Kathleen Blake Yancey. Utah State UP, forthcoming 2018.
  • Tardy, Christine, and Susan Miller-Cochran. “Administrative Structures and Support for International L2 Writers: A Heuristic for WPAs.” The Internationalization of U.S. Writing Programs, edited by Shirley Rose and Irwin Weiser. Utah State UP, forthcoming 2018.
  • Fedukovich, Casie, Susan Miller-Cochran, Brent Simoneaux, and Robin Snead. “A State of Permanent Contingency: Writing Programs, Hiring Practices, and a Persistent Breach of Ethics.” Labored: The State(ment) and Future of Work in Composition, edited by Randall McClure, Dayna V. Goldstein, and Michael A. Pemberton. Parlor Press, 2017, pp. 130-151.
  • Miller-Cochran, Susan. “Afterword: Building Meaningful, Institution-Specific Partnerships.” Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks, edited by Randall McClure. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016, pp. 297-299.
  • Gierdowski, Dana, and Susan Miller-Cochran. “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Understanding Expectations and Mapping Preferences for Writing Classroom Design.” Making Space: Writing Instruction, Infrastructure, and Multiliteracies, edited by James P. Purdy and Dànielle Nicole DeVoss. Computers and Composition Digital Press, 2016,
  • Rodrigo, Rochelle, and Susan Miller-Cochran. “QEP Evaluation as Opportunity: Teaching and Learning through the Accreditation Process.” Reclaiming Accountability: Improving Writing Programs through Accreditation and Large-Scale Assessments, edited by Wendy Sharer, William Banks, Tracy Ann Morse, and Michelle F. Eble. Utah State UP, 2016, pp. 36-51. 
  • Reid, Gwendolynne, Bridget Kozlow, Susan Miller-Cochran, and Chris Tonelli. “Legal Tender or Counterfeit Currency: Organizing a Conference Off the Tenure-Track.” In Contingent Faculty Publishing in Community: Case Studies for Successful Collaborations. Eds. Lynee Lewis Gaillet and Letizia Guglielmo. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 56-74. 
  • Miller-Cochran, Susan. “Multilingual Writers and Online Writing Instruction.” In Foundational Practices in Online Writing Instruction. Eds. Beth Hewett and Kevin Eric DePew. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2015. 291-307. 

Journal Articles

  • Miller-Cochran, Susan. “Understanding Multimodal Composing in an L2 Writing Context.” Journal of Second Language Writing, vol. 38, 2017, pp. 88-89. [invited response]
  • Conti, Maria, Rachel LaMance, and Susan Miller-Cochran. “Cultivating Change from the Ground Up: Developing a Grassroots Programmatic Assessment.” Composition Forum, vol. 37, Fall 2017,
  • Miller-Cochran, Susan. “Response to Larson and Kurtyka Column.” English Journal, vol. 106, no. 5, 2017, pp. 89-91.
  • Rodrigo, Rochelle, Susan Miller-Cochran, and Duane Roen, with Elaine Jolayemi, Cheri Lemieux Spiegel, and Catrina Mitchum . “DIY Mentoring: Developing Personal Learning Networks for Self-Actualization.” enculturation, vol. 17, 2014,
  • Miller-Cochran, Susan and Dana Gierdowski. “Making Peace with the Rising Costs of Writing Technologies: Flexible Classroom Design as a Sustainable Solution.” Computers and Composition, 30.1 (2013): 50-60. 
  • Miller-Cochran, Susan. “Beyond ‘ESL Writing’: Teaching Cross-Cultural Composition at a Community College.” Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 40.1 (2012): 20-30. 

Research Interests

Rhetoric and composition, writing program administration, instructional technologies, L2 writing, labor practices in writing programs, scholarship of teaching and learning

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Contact Information

Susan Miller-Cochran
Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program
Telephone: (520) 621-1836
Office: 445 Modern Languages Bldg
Office Hours: Spring 2018: Monday 9:15-12:30, Tuesday 9-9:30, Wednesday 9-10, Thursday 9-9:30, and by appointment


Ph.D. in English (Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics), Arizona State University, 2002

Master of Teaching English as a Second Language (MTESL), Arizona State University, 1998

B.A., English Literature, Taylor University, Upland, Indiana, 1995 

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences