C/R Faculty

UHM has a significant number of faculty members in C/R who publish regularly in leading journals, teach and mentor graduate students, and administer our undergraduate writing program. Our faculty pursue such intellectual work within a social and political context that is unparalleled in its diversity: Hawai‘i is situated in a complex confluence of geopolitical, racial, and cultural differences. It is a rich site for research on contact zones, constructions and representations of identity, and the discursive possibilities and constraints of globalization.

Our faculty have published on those and other C/R themes in a wide range of venues, including College Composition and Communication,College English, JAC: A Journal of Composition TheoryRhetoric ReviewComposition StudiesComputers and Composition, Research in the Teaching of English, Written Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Composition ForumTeaching English in the Two-Year College, and others. In addition to print publications, our faculty also present their work at national and international conferences regularly; beyond presentations at CCCC, NCTE, and Computers and Writing, C/R faculty also attend and present scholarship at national conferences such as MLA and at international meetings in such locations as New Zealand, Thailand, Canada, and Europe.

picSarah Allen

Sarah is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition exploring an “attitudinal” approach to writing that enables the possibility of self-transformation (i.e., inspiration) in the writer. She builds such an exploration on Nietzsche’s work on the Dionysian, Foucault’s work on the care of the self, and Haraway’s work on making kin. Her first book, Beyond Argument: Essaying as a Practice of (Ex)Change was published in 2015 with Parlor Press and WAC Clearinghouse. Sarah begins serving as the Director of the First Year Writing and Mentoring Programs beginning Fall 2017.

facultypicDaphne Desser

Daphne teaches graduate courses in rhetoric and composition on topics such as globalization and composition studies, “minority” rhetorics, rhetorics of social movements, and feminisms and writing. She teaches undergraduate courses in rhetorical traditions, legal rhetoric, argumentative writing, and writing pedagogy. She has been active in writing program administration at Manoa, having served as Director of Rhetoric and Composition, First-Year Writing, the Writing Center, the Portfolio Placement Program, and the former English 100/101 tutoring program and the current Mentoring Program. Her academic writing explores various aspects of identity construction and negotiation in such diverse writing contexts as electronic media, computer games, family letters, and the composition classroom.


Georganne Nordstrom

Georganne is an Associate Professor of Composition and Rhetoric and actively publishes in both areas. Her research and teaching in composition focuses on writing center studies, critical and place-based pedagogy, and empirical research. Her teaching and research focused on rhetoric is grounded in Hawaiʻi and examines Indigenous and minority rhetoric, with a specific focus on Hawaiʻi’s Creole, Pidgin. She has served as the Director of the UHM Writing Center and has been active in all aspects of Writing Program Administration in the department, having also served as the Director of Composition and Rhetoric and of the Mentoring Program & First year Writing.

darinpDarin Payne

Darin 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 Composition and Rhetoric, and Co-ordinator of the (former) English Studies Computing Center.