Department of Writing and Rhetoric

Write Here, Write Now.
rachel johnson
Rachel Johnson
Director of the Tupelo Writing Center & Instructor
239D Tupelo Campus

Rachel E. Johnson is the director of the UM-Tupelo Campus Writing Center. She has been with the Department of Writing and Rhetoric since January 2014 on the Oxford campus as an instructor and began her work in Tupelo in July 2014. She completed her M.A. in English (Cultural Studies) and Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies in 2013 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. There, she served as an administrator and technology coordinator for the GMU Writing Center for three years. A native of Louisiana, she graduated from Centenary College in Shreveport with a B.A. in History in 2008.She has taught a variety of beginning and advanced composition and literature classes with themes and concentrations ranging from pop culture to business communication. Currently, she teaches Writing 250 which focuses on primary research skills and builds on the objectives of Writing 101 and 102. One of her principal areas of interest and expertise is the integration of technology into tutoring and instruction. Due to her interdisciplinary background, Rachel’s research draws on gender theory, writing center pedagogy and practice, and issues of activism and authority. More specifically, Rachel is interested in institutional and cultural norms surrounding writing and their effect on student perceptions of identity and ability.