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Strengthening New Voices: A Q&A with Rachael Lippincott and Siobhan Vivian

Rachael Lippincott

One of the elements paramount to student learning is their relationship with their educators. When students receive the attention, guidance, and opportunities that a good professor has to offer, their abilities and talents can blossom. It is the goal, after all, for professors to someday become your peers—a goal that is embodied by recent Pitt English graduate Rachael Lippincott and instructor Siobhan Vivian. 



Straightforward. Just Like Pam: A Tribute to Retiring PPW Faculty

Last year, the English department began offering a Public and Professional Writing major due to repeated requests from students to expand the program. What made students find PPW courses valuable enough to demand a major? Well, I certainly think Pam O’Brien had a lot to do with it.. More>

The Universal Power of Stories: Cameron Barnett

Pitt MFA alumnus Cameron Barnett

On a sunny April afternoon in the Cathedral of Learning, John Ferri, who recently graduated with a Public and Professional Writing certificate, sat down with accomplished University of Pittsburgh Poetry MFA alumnus Cameron Barnett, finalist for the 49th NAACP Image Awards and winner of the 2017 Autumn House Press Rising Writer Book Contest. More>

Remembering Chuck Kinder


On Friday, May 3, former Professor and Director of Writing Chuck Kinder passed away in Florida. Upon learning of his death, outgoing Chair Don Bialostosky wrote to faculty, "I'm grateful to have gotten to know Chuck at the end of his career and in his retirement. His warmth, wit, and joie de vivre enlivened all who knew him." Kinder retired in 2014. He and his wife, Diane Cecily, have been living in Key Largo in recent years; Distinguished Professor Colin MacCabe visited them there and completed this interview for The Fifth Floor in 2012. 


New Faculty Profile: Louis Maraj

Louis Maraj

Student engagement is a topic that Louis Maraj is no stranger to. As a scholar of rhetoric, digital media studies, and Black studies, his teaching style aims to take social realities head-on, by allowing students the freedom to explore current events in a respectful environment. More>

New Faculty Profile: Elizabeth Pitts

Elizabeth Pitts

Remember Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park saying, “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should”? Elizabeth Pitts—assistant professor in the Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy, and Rhetoric program—is interested not only in that question, but exploring how such questions are asked and answered.



526: Notes From the Chair


Notes of Gratitude: Don Bialostosky


Brevity is the Soul of Pitt


Graduation Photo Gallery


MFA Graduation Reading


Alumni: Send Us Your News!


Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student News


Who's New on The Fifth Floor


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