Writing Studies & Rhetoric

About Us

From the Chair

The study of writing and rhetoric is critically important in our global and networked society. Expertise in written language and oral communication is essential in all occupations and vocations and in all kinds of human interactions. The faculty in the Department of Writing Studies and Rhetoric is committed to providing you with experiences, skills, and resources that will support your immediate and long-term success in your writing and in spoken communication at the University and after.

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Mission Statement

The Department of Writing Studies and Rhetoric is committed to the teaching of writing in its own courses and to the support of the teaching of writing across the disciplines at Hofstra. Our main objective is to foster awareness in the Hofstra community of the centrality of writing to the development of a critical consciousness, to successful pursuit of academic and career objectives, and to effective participation in public discourse.

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Learning Goals and Objectives

Learn about the goals and learning objectives of the Department of Writing Studies and Rhetoric.

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Department Administration

The Writing Studies and Rhetoric departmental office is located in Room 124A Mason Hall. For information about the department, call Diane Cecere at 516-463-4871 or Lynne Espiritu at 516-463-5467.

Department Chair
Dr. Ethna Lay
Room 123 Mason Hall
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Associate Chair
Dr. Daisy Miller
Room 121 Mason Hall
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Assistant to the Chair
Diane Cecere
Room 124A Mason Hall
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Writing Center Director
Dr. Andrea Efthymiou
Room 122 Mason Hall
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Writing Center Assistant Director
Dr. Marilyn Buono
Room 102 Mason Hall
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Writing Proficiency Examination Coordinator
Tyler Thier
Room 118 Mason Hall
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Director of Forensics
Trent Webb
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Director of STEM Writing
Dr. Lisa DeTora
Room 211 Mason Hall
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