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Faculty

This directory contains helpful information about our faculty, including their contact information, educational background, teaching and research interests, commonly taught courses, and selected publications. See what our faculty can offer you!

Faculty Members
Associate Professor and Director of the Writing Center Dr. Deborah BalzhiserDr. Deborah Balzhiser joined the Department of English at Texas State University in 2005, and has taught rhetoric, composition, and technical communication since 1992. Her research and teaching interests include workplace communication, processes, and best practices; medical rhetoric, visual rhetoric, instructional technologies, culture and technology, and design methodologies. 
Director of the MA Rhetoric and Composition Program Dr. Rebecca JacksonDr. Rebecca Jackson joined the Department of English at Texas State University in 2001. In 2005, she wrote the proposal for the MA major in Rhetoric and Composition and has directed this program since it was approved in 2006. Her research and teaching interests include narrative inquiry, autoethnography, writing center studies, and composition theory and pedagogy. 
Assistant Professor Dr. Eric LeakeDr. Eric Leake joined the Department of English at Texas State University in 2013. His research and teaching interests include empathy studies, nonrational rhetorics, and civic literacies. 
Associate Professor Dr. Jaime MejiaDr. Jaime Mejia joined the Department of English at Texas State University in 1991. His research and teaching interests include Latino/a rhetorics, composition theory and pedagogy, rhetorical theory, and Chicano/a literature.
Dr. Octavio PimentelDr. Octavio Pimentel joined the Department of English at Texas State University in 2005. He combines rhetoric, writing, and education to address critical issues of minoritized individuals in the composition field. His research and teaching interests include composition studies, composition theory and pedagogy, minority rhetorics and literacy practices, and qualitative research. 
Dr. Elizabeth Skerpan WheelerDr. Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler joined the Department of English at Texas State University in 1983. Her research and teaching interests include political rhetoric, history of rhetoric, and visual rhetoric. 
Director of Undergraduate Studies Dr. Nancy WilsonDr. Nancy Wilson joined the Department of English at Texas State University in 1992. She coordinated and then directed the Texas State Writing Center from 1995-2014, and is currently the Director of Lower Division Studies. Her research and teaching interests include T.A. practicum, composition pedagogy, composition theory, and women's rhetoric.