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Michelle Deal, PhD

Adjunct Faculty, The Hunter Division of Humanities


  • PhD, English (Composition and Rhetoric), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2011
  • MA, English (Literature), University of Vermont, 1996
  • BA, Journalism and Mass Communications, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991

Courses Taught

  • College Composition
  • First-Year Experience
  • Fundamentals of Communication
  • Writing for the Professions
  • Writing for the Media
  • New Media Production
  • Journalism Production
  • Media and Culture
  • Public and Political Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Rhetoric
  • Humanities Capstone

Academic Research/Interests

Cultural Rhetorics, Critical Pedagogy, Writing Centers, Student Writers, Media Literacy

Areas of Expertise

Composition Studies, Writing Pedagogy, Qualitative Research Methods

I teach because I believe in education's potential to help create socially responsible citizens - people who think critically and act ethically. In other words, I teach because I enjoy helping people reach greater understandings of themselves and others through reflection and analysis. I also teach because I learn A LOT from my students!

On Being at SVC

I am grateful for the opportunity to make a positive difference in students' lives; SVC's teacher-to-student ratio and small class size helps me do this. I am also excited about teaching a variety of courses and collaborating with our superb faculty, staff and administrators.

  • Highlights and Publications

    2016—“Enacting a Cultural Rhetorics Orientation in a Student Publication: A Story of Sustainable Relationships and Constellating Values for Content Production.” Presented at the Cultural Rhetorics Conference, East Lansing, MI, September 30 - October 2, 2016.

    2015—"Rhetoric, Popular Culture, and Politics: An Auto-Ethnography of Teaching Political and Public Communication.” Presented at the International Popular Culture Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 1-4, 2015.

    2013—“The Colloquium as a Pedagogy of Dialogue." Article published in College Teaching (61:3), 2013.

    2012—“Resisting a Performative Logic of Assimilation: How One Tutee Reinvents Herself as a Writer." Presented at the Northeast Writing Centers Association Conference, St. John’s University, Queens, NY, April 13-15, 2012.

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