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Ms. Melanie Lee, PhD

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Melanie Lee is an Assistant Professor of English. With pleasure, she returns to USI to teach rhetoric, composition, technical and professional writing, and gender studies. She earned her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition and her Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Ohio University, her MA in literature from SUNY Buffalo, and her BS in English from USI.

Her dissertation, “Reconceptualizing Masculinized L/logos, Re(Image)ining the Rhetorical Feminine in Composition,” blends images with text to discuss the social construction of masculinized L/logos. She believes that writing, rhetoric, and composing reflect gendered power relations and are “performative” social acts.

She studies the rhetoric of distance and systemic impact that masculinized L/logos creates. Her forthcoming Pedagogy piece, “The Melancholy Odyssey of a Dissertation with Pictures,” relates her dispiriting experience filing the first hybrid project at OU. Her TETYC article, “Rhetorical Roulette: Does Writing Faculty Overload Disable Effective Response to Student Writing?” suggests that arhetorical response to student writing can result from workloads which impair student-faculty dialogue in the writing process.

Melanie loves exercising at the Y, running 5Ks, and practicing yoga. She treasures her cats, family, friends, and partner, David. When she cooks, she likes to toss the recipes aside.












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Phone:  812/465-1247

Office: OC 3034  

Email:   Mlee4