Esther F. Boucher-Yip

Associate Teaching Professor

Humanities & Arts

Office: SL 109

Esther Boucher-Yip has taught in various capacities in many parts of the world including Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, China, Laos, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She has taught communication skills and writing courses at university level for over a decade. Her teaching approach is informed by her own experience in language learning and with theories of second language acquisition and their pedagogical applications. Both her studies and her experience have taught her that there is no one method or idea that guarantees successful language learning. ... View Profile

Chrysanthe Demetry

Associate Professor

Director, Morgan Teaching and Learning Center
Co-Director, Camp Reach
Co-Director, Professional Writing Program

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Gordon Library 302

Phone: 508-831-5195

As a college professor, I have the opportunity not only to excite students about my field of materials science and engineering, but to help them develop holistically as critical thinkers, lifelong learners, innovators, and effective and ethical communicators during an important formative period in their personal and professional lives. I was an undergraduate at WPI and really valued the project-based learning, the Global Projects Program, and the extent of contact I had with my professors. Those same values drew me back to WPI as a faculty member. View Profile

Jennifer deWinter

Associate Professor

Humanities & Arts

Office: FL B25a

Phone: 508-831-6679

Jennifer deWinter has long been interested in how culture (which is local) moves internationally. She has spent a number of years analyzing anime, comics, and computer games as part of global media flows in order to understand how concepts such as "art," "culture," and "entertainment" are negotiated. In 2003, Professor deWinter joined the Learning Games Initiative, a group of scholars and game designers dedicated to the general study of games and the use of games to teach concepts and skills in particular. ... View Profile

Brenton Faber

Professor of Writing

Humanities & Arts

Office: SL 019

Phone: 508-831-4930

Brenton Faber's work continues to examine discursive forms and actions associated with change. These are concerns of vision and adaptation, resistance and promotion, language and representation. He has studied activities in the financial services sector that compelled bankers to introduce mutual funds, stocks, and bonds to customers historically comfortable with savings and checking accounts; the introduction of new computer systems in contested organizational sites; and the promotion of nanoscience and technology as a new science within residual disciplinary frameworks. ... View Profile

Lorraine D. Higgins

Teaching Professor

Humanities & Arts

Office: SL 020

Phone: 508-831-5503

My field is rhetoric, and I teach writing as a form of inquiry and problem solving. One challenge in my teaching is to get students to see writing that way. It is not simply window dressing for ideas they already have; writing is a way to create and test ideas, to engage in a dialogue with a community of readers who need to know what they have to say and will likely have something to say back. Some students approach their first college writing assignment as an exercise in demonstrating they can quote from expert sources, organize paragraphs, and punctuate sentences. ... View Profile

Ryan Smith Madan

Assistant Teaching Professor

Director, Writing Center

Humanities & Arts

Office: Salisbury Labs 002

Phone: 508-831-6561

When new acquaintances find out I teach writing, it’s not unusual for them to lament a broad decline in the nation’s writing skills. How does it make me feel, they ask, that students, say, don’t know the difference between adjectives and adverbs? Or, can I believe it that people hardly even know what apostrophes do, let alone where to put them? As someone who treasures good, careful prose, I’m sympathetic to these worries. But as an educator, I think it’s important to steer the conversation in a different direction. ... View Profile

Ruth L. Smith

Associate Professor

Humanities & Arts

Office: Salisbury Labs 108

Phone: 508-831-5214, 508-831-5246, 508-831-5385

Ruth Smith works in the Philosophy and Religion group in the Humanities and Arts Department at WPI, and is also affiliated with Rhetoric and Writing programs. Interests in linguistics have shaped her attention to moral theories and practices as questions of grammar, taken as how we make ways around in the stream of life, yes, fragments of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Simone Weil. Smith’s courses include Questions of Evil and Good, Rhetorical Theory, and Religions of the East. ... View Profile

Associated Faculty

Michael B. Elmes


Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 203

Phone: 508-831-5182

Since arriving at WPI in 1990, I have framed my role in the classroom as helping technically-minded students to become more cognizant and mindful of the complex human and behavioral dimensions of life in organizations. I have done this in a variety of ways from experiential exercises to digital storytelling to classroom-as-organization designs. ... View Profile

Angel A. Rivera

Associate Professor

Humanities & Arts

Office: Salisbury Labs 016

Phone: 508-831-5779

Professor Rivera has been conducting research on 19th- and 20th-century Spanish Caribbean literature and theories related to the exploration of limits or borders (i.e., the edges or places where multiple cultures touch or come into contact). He has been exploring how Caribbean traditional modes of representation have been restructured to significant changes in cultural, literary, and historical contexts. ... View Profile

Scott P. Runstrom

Adjunct Instructor

Humanities & Arts

Office: Salisbury Labs 106

Phone: 508-831-5436

I am a graduate of the Professional Writing program at WPI, and have over 20 years experience in the technical communications industry. I am currently employed full-time as a Principal Technical Writer at MathWorks in Natick. I have been teaching technical and professional writing at WPI since 2000. I love technical writing because it combines two of my passions, writing and technology, and when done well, enables you to communicate complex technical information to the world. ... View Profile