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MA in Rhetoric & Composition


Welcome to the website for the MA major in Rhetoric and Composition! We invite you to explore our program and the opportunities it offers for advanced study in writing and the teaching of writing, including such exciting areas as minority rhetorics, digital literacies, writing theory and practice, history of rhetoric, gender and language, political rhetoric, writing centers, and more.  

If you're a prospective student, you'll find information here about admission and degree requirements, our faculty, and our students. Current students will find updated information about current and future course offerings, program announcements, and faculty and student accomplishments.

We invite you to see what we have to offer!

MA Rhetoric and Composition Brochure (PDF)

MARC Workshops and Meetings: Spring 2015

  • "Portfolio or Thesis?: How Do I Choose?": Tuesday, March 24, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Brasher Room (Flowers)
  • "Writing Successful Conference Proposals": TBA

MARC Social Events Spring 2015

Please join us for the following social gatherings of MARC students, faculty, and friends:

  • Tuesday, February 24, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Grin's Restaurant. Hosted by Becky Jackson
  • Friday, March 27, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Hays County BBQ. Hosted by Octavio Pimentel



MARC graduate Amanda (Rice) Rawlinson has been hired as the Human Resources Manager for IAU-College of Medicine (International American University) in Dallas, TX.

Dr. Rebecca Jackson was named an Alpha Chi "Favorite Professor" for 2014.

Dr. Octavio Pimentel has been named the faculty recipient of Texas State’s Excellence in Diversity Award.


Dr. Deb Balzhiser's article, "Community Guides: Disrupting Oppression in Comment Threads on Social Sites," written with Stephanie Vie (University of Central Florida) and Devon Fitzgerald Ralston (Miami University, Ohio), appears in the latest issue of Technoculture.

Dr. Rebecca Jackson's article (with Nicole Caswell and Jackie Grutsch McKinney) "A Glimpse into the Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors" appears in the fall issue of Forum: Issues about Part-Time and Contingent Faculty 18.1 (Fall 2014): A3-A8. In College Composition and Communication 66.1 (September 2014). Print.

Conference Presentations

The MARC program will be well represented at the 2015 South Central Writing Centers Association Conference (“What Starts Here Writes The World”) at the University of Texas-Austin this February. Presenters include current students, graduates, and faculty: Cresta Bayley: “Re-Writing Wikipedia in the Writing Center: A Retrospective and How-To”; Collin Couey: “Tutoring on the Margins: Helping Students with ADHD”; Shaun Ford, Nancy Wilson, and Rachel Snow: “Welcome to the Tea Party: Process vs. Product in the Writing Center Wonderland”; Rebecca Jackson: “‘Feeling Rules,’ Outlaw(ed) Emotions, and the Affective Landscape of Writing Center Tutoring”; Kristin Riggs: “Prompting Change in the Writing Center: A Writing Instructor’s Perspective”

Dr. Rebecca Jackson will present "Text Affiliations, Program Strengths, and the (Re)Making of MA Writing Studies Identity" at the 2015 CCCC in Tampa, Fl. She will speak as part of a panel on MA Writing Studies programs titled "Masters of Risk: MA Writing Studies Programs as Sites of Innovation."

MARC student Colin Couey will present "You and Your Crew: A Critical History of Rap Groups" at the Popular Culture Associate conference in New Orleans, LA, April 2015.

Dr. Octavo Pimentel and MARC students Edward Garza and Melinda Ingersoll  presented "Cuentos  Exitosos: Success  Stories of Hispanic Developmental Students" at the 2015 Texas State University Student Success Symposium in January.

MARC student Nathaniel Hagemaster will present "Constructing the "Spooky Queen:" Hyper Gender Portrayals and Androgyny in Horror Movies Contributing to Alternative Drag Identities" at the 2015 Southwest Popular American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He will also act as session chair.