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Program Director

Kevin Lewis

Kevin Lewis

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 334
Phone: +1 (508) 8315441
My primary focus is technical and professional writing. However, I also teach general writing courses that are less technical in nature. Having spent over 20 years in industry as a professional writer, I tend to think about how I can help students become stronger writers in the workplace. I also believe that, in becoming stronger writers, students should enjoy the process. So I try to structure my classes in a way that allows students to improve their writing skills while writing about topics that interest them. ... View Profile

Core Faculty

Brenton Faber

Brenton Faber

Professor of Writing
Office: SL 019
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4930
Brenton Faber studies medical writing and the human factors that influence medical diagnosis, treatment, and patient care. He is a practicing paramedic who volunteers with a rural ambulance squad and at a free urban clinic. I am currently interested in the concept of "allostasis" and "allostatic load." The terms have been used to describe a continued activation of the body’s neural, neuroendocrine, and immune systems as an adaptive response to prolonged stress. ... View Profile
Kara Fontenot

Kara Parks Fontenot

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: SL332
Kara Parks Fontenot is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Writing and Rhetoric. She has eighteen years of experience teaching a wide variety of undergraduate courses in writing, rhetoric, literature, and the humanities more broadly, including first-year composition, technical writing, African American and Ethnic American literature, folklore, world culture, and ethics. ... View Profile

Shana Lessing

Office: SL 108
Phone: +1 (508) 8315214
Ryan Madan

Ryan Smith Madan

Associate Professor of Teaching
Office: Salisbury Labs 233A
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6561
  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

Sarah Riddick

Assistant Professor
Office: SL 020
Phone: +1 (508) 8316251
Yunus Telliel

Yunus Dogan Telliel

Assistant Professor- Anthropology & Rhetoric
Office: Salisbury Laboratories 108
Phone: +1 (917) 2725748
I am an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Rhetoric. Before joining WPI, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. My work is animated by an intellectual curiosity with how ideas travel across time and space, and generate diverse practices of acting, seeing, and being in the world. I am especially intrigued by situations in which people come to ask new questions about themselves and others, in ways that require reconsideration of past experiences and imagining of future possibilities. ... View Profile

Affiliated Faculty

Esther Boucher-Yip

Esther Boucher-Yip

Professor of Teaching
Office: SL 109
Phone: +1 (508) 8316573
Dr. Boucher-Yip has taught 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
Althea Danielski

Althea Marie Danielski

Associate Teaching Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 015
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5734
Althea started teaching English as a second language in 2000, when she moved to West Africa. Over the next seven years she lived and taught in Senegal, Niger and Benin. In 2007 she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she taught ESL to immigrants and refugees at the Hubbs Center and developmental reading at St. Paul College. Her teaching passions include integrating culture and social justice issues in the classroom, building critical thinking skills in her students, and teaching with technology. ... View Profile

Scott Runstrom

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer
Office: Salisbury Labs 106
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5436
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