P. Darin Payne


Office hours:
Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:30

Darin Payne is a rhetoric and composition specialist who teaches graduate courses in new media and digital pedagogies, theories and practices of composition studies, rhetorics of popular culture, and contemporary rhetorical theory; he teaches undergraduate courses in writing for electronic media, teaching composition, advanced argumentation, new media rhetoric and popular culture, and first-year writing, among others. He has served in the past as the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Rhetoric and Composition, and Co-ordinator of the (former) English Studies Computing Center. He has also run the undergraduate peer tutoring program that is part of the English Department curriculum. He is currently re-serving as Director of Rhetoric and Composition. Darin has presented research regularly at his field's primary gathering, the Conference on College Composition and Communication. He has also presented internationally: in 2002 at the Oxford Roundtable, a global think-tank on issues relevant to higher education held bi-annually in Oxford, UK; in 2007 at the Amsterdam meeting of the International Conference on Diversity in Communities, Organizations, and Nations; in 2011 in Granada, Spain, at the International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities; and in 2015 at the same conference in Vancouver, Canada. In 2004 Darin served as co-chair for the 20th annual Computers and Writing Conference here in Hawai‘i. In the summer of 2010, he was the Resident Director for UHM's Study Abroad Program in Paris.


Darin has published on rhetorics of technology, spatial power, writing pedagogy, popular culture, and new media. He has published in a variety of journals including College English; JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory;Rhetoric Review;Works and Days; Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy; The Journal of Electronic Publishing; and Teaching English in the Two Year College. His work has also appeared in anthologies by Oxford UP, SUNY P, Francis Taylor, Lexington Press, and Erlbaum. He co-edited a recent anthology titled Teaching Writing in Globalization: Remapping Discipinary Work. He is now working on a monograph on rhetorical education in the era of globalization, one that explores the role of new media, public discourse, and the dynamics among local and global contexts

Areas of Interest

rhetorics of technology and space, new media rhetorics, globalization, composition studies, collaborative learning, cultural reproduction


  • The UH Graduate Division's Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award (Finalist, 2009 and 2012)
  • The College of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Excellence in Teaching Award (2005).
  • The Arts and Sciences Faculty Award (2002).


BA, Creative Writing, The University of Victoria MA, Rhetoric and Composition, Eastern Washington University PhD, Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, The University of Arizona


Fall Semester 2018
  • ENG-625C: Introductions to Composition & Rhetoric

Summer Semester 2018
  • ENG-200: Composition II

Spring Semester 2018
  • ENG-705: Seminar in Composition Studies: Writing Pedagogy and Digital Humanities

Fall Semester 2017
  • ENG-307: Rhetoric, Composition, and Computers

Summer Semester 2017
  • ENG-200: Composition II (Session I)
  • ENG-200: Composition II (Session I)
  • ENG-306: Argumentative Writing I (Session II)
  • ENG-306: Argumentative Writing I (Session II)

Spring Semester 2017
  • ENG-407: Writing for Electronic Media
  • ENG-709: Seminar in Rhetoric: Rhetoric and New Media

Fall Semester 2016
  • ENG-200: Composition II
  • ENG-307: Rhetoric, Comp, & Computers