New Lecturers Join the Composition Program

The Composition Program is happy to welcome eleven new lecturers in Fall 2019. They will teach first-year composition and intermediate and advanced courses. 

Amy Flick completed her doctoral work at Kent State University in Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice. Her primary research areas are the rhetoric of public health and medicine, community literacy, social justice issues in technical and professional communication, and feminist research methodologies. She most recently has completed a cultural rhetorical analysis of the discursive practices of harm reduction workers. Amy has been teaching rhetoric and writing courses for over ten years and looks forward to working with the students and faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.

April Flynn has been with the Pitt English department since 2011. She has taught courses in academic, creative, professional, technical, scientific, and medical writing, and her current teaching interests focus on guiding students to investigate semantics and affect through narrative in medical contexts.

Megan Kappel directs the Public and Professional Writing (PPW) Program and teaches a range of courses including Written Professional Communication, Writing for the Public, Integrating Writing and Design, Persuasive Writing for Advertising, Public Relations Writing, Corporate Storytelling, and Writing Proposals for Business. In addition to her work with PPW, Megan has taught at Point Park University and Robert Morris University; tutored adult students with the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council; and worked as assistant instructional designer with Pitt Online, a branch of the University Center for Teaching and Learning. She also develops and teaches continuing education courses on film and television for Pitt's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Her professional experience spans writing and consultancy work with various film, publishing, creative strategy, and non-profit organizations in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Qatar. Megan holds an MFA in screenwriting from Hollins University, a BA in English with a creative writing concentration from Allegheny College, and a graduate certificate in instructional design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Jeanette Lehn teaches courses in the Composition program at the University of Pittsburgh. As part of her pedagogy, she focuses on analysis and reflection, and she encourages students to consider a marriage of craft and ethics in writing contexts. Her research interests center on critical pedagogy, writing program administration, and cultural studies. In particular, she is interested in systems, constraints, and the ways that agency is enacted in light of influences. Jeanette received her PhD from Florida State University where she completed her dissertation, “A Renewed Critical Pedagogy: Rethinking Activism within Writing Program Administration.” She received an MA from San Francisco State University, and a BA from Reed College. In addition to new course development, Jeanette enjoys cooking, that first cup of coffee in the morning, and lifting heavy things off the floor for fun. 

Steven LeMieux earned his PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from The University of Texas at Austin. He teaches composition, digital media, professional communication, and rhetoric courses. His research is focused on rhetorical theory, environmental and digital rhetorics, experimental design, and composition. He is currently working on a book project that argues for the rhetorical importance of interruption and the necessity of exploring new modes of relation in a world undergoing radical climate change. 

Tim Maddocks is a writer, researcher and editor who teaches composition and nonfiction courses at the University of Pittsburgh. He serves as the managing editor of Sampsonia Way Magazine and as an editor for He also works as a researcher at Cement City. His writing has appeared in PublicSource and Pittsburgh Magazine, and he's currently writing about health care justice for people who experience homelessness. 

Dana Nowlin-Russell holds an MFA in creative writing (with specializations in nonfiction and children’s writing) from Chatham University and a BA in sociology (with minor in religious studies) and PPW certificate from the University of Pittsburgh. Dana teaches courses in the Public and Professional Writing Program, including Written Professional Communication and Grant Writing. She has several years of professional experience—working in the education and mental health fields—and has collaborated with administrators, educators, and students across a variety of settings. She considers herself a lifelong student who tries to be creative in most areas of her life. Dana lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and three furkids.

Sam Pittman teaches courses in the Composition and Public and Professional Writing programs, and serves as a Faculty Consultant at the Writing Center. With backgrounds in poetry, science and technical writing, ESL, and disability studies, Sam teaches an array of courses in the English Department. He coordinates the International Café series of writing workshops for international students at the Writing Center, and is co-organizer of the Summer Workshop in Creative Science Writing, offered in conjunction with the Humanities Center. Author of the poetry chapbook Mostly Water (2016), Sam’s writing can be found in publications such as Grist, Bellevue Literary Review;Newfound, NEXTpittsburgh, and others. He received a BA from University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA in Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to new course development, Sam is currently working on writing center scholarship and a full-length poetry manuscript. 

Renee Aukeman Prymus teaches courses in the Composition, Writing, and Public and Professional Writing programs. She specializes in first-year composition, especially Workshop in Composition: ESL, FP 0003 Writing the Spiritual, and the first-year engineering writing program. She enjoys breaking open the traditional five-paragraph essay and inviting students into academic inquiry. Renee holds a Master of Ministries from Bethel College and an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh. She is also the Executive Editor of and at work on a book about the intersections of yoga and Christianity.

In addition to craft theory and critical making methodologies, Stephen Quigley's research interests include new media writing pedagogies and digital/s/p(l)ace rhetoric as viewed through an ecological framework. He received a PhD in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design from Clemson University and his work has been published in Kairos, Computers and Composition Online, Ulmer's Textshop Experiments, The Writer's Chronicle, and New Writing. His most recent work, The Clemson Ghost Tour, might be described as a 360-degree film project that explores new methods for writing posthuman ecologies.

Clare Russell is a Rhetoric and Composition instructor interested in theories and pedagogies that benefit a diverse variety of writing students. Clare continually strives to make connections between what she studies and what she practices in her classroom. She has piloted Stretch Composition programs at two different institutions and taken any and all pedagogy courses offered during her masters and doctoral programs. Clare's teaching style is best described as a writing about writing approach, with an emphasis on genre awareness theory.  Ask her about contract grading and how it has improved both her teaching and her relationship with her students! She is also prepared to discuss the following subjects at any time: teaching, cats, food, science fiction, hip-hop, her home state of New Mexico, and her current favorite podcast.