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Lessons offered by PJ
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Taught subjects
  • Academic English
  • Essay writing
  • College / University Preparation
  • Dissertation and thesis writing preparation
  • Dissertation
  • Rhetoric
Levels
  • All Levels

Accomplished Ph.D. in rhetoric and writing studies in El Paso delivers results!

Methodology

My method is to get you thinking like a scholar by realizing that all writing, including academic writing, is about expressing beliefs. Using proven worksheets, we will work together to justify your beliefs and turn them into papers that will persuade others.

Background

As an accomplished lecturer, writer, and published academic author, I help beginning college writers to doctoral candidates succeed by taking the mystery and misery out of writing. I have a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition, and have taught the subject for over a decade.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $85/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $80
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $75

Details

Cancellations require advance notice.

Lessons offered by PJ
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Academic English
  • Essay writing
  • College / University Preparation
  • Dissertation and thesis writing preparation
  • Dissertation
  • Rhetoric
Levels
  • All Levels

PJ's resume

Education
Ph.D. 2016 English Rhetoric and Composition, The University of Texas at El Paso
Dissertation: A Rhetorical Theory of Institutions
Committee: Drs. Beth Brunk-Chavez (chair),
Keith Erekson, Kate Mangelsdorf

M.L.A. 2012 History, University of St. Thomas, Houston
Thesis: Dionysus Wrought: The Political Devices of Pisistratus
Committee: Drs. Irving A. Kelter (chair), Dominic A. Aquila

B.A. 1984 Theatre Arts, San Jose State University

Postgraduate Studies
San Jose State University M.B.A. program 1989-1990 12 units
SUNY Purchase M.F.A. program, theatre design and engineering 1985-1986 36 units

Fellowships, Grants, and Research Funding
2018 TeachTech ($2,000), “Collaborative revision methodologies using cloud-based composition studios”
2018 ACUE Experienced Teacher Program, 2018-19 cohort, Office of the Provost, University of Texas at El Paso
2016 w/ Gaspare Genna, Research funding ($1,000), “Regional Collaboration, Trust, and Corruption Project,” Center for Law & Human Behavior, University of Texas at El Paso
2013-14 Research funding ($3,200), Centennial Office, University of Texas at El Paso
2013 Dodson Research Grant ($1,600), Graduate School, University of Texas at El Paso

Awards
2015 Outstanding Service Award, Department of English, University of Texas at El Paso

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
Academic Appointments
2015-present Lecturer, Department of English, University of Texas at El Paso
RWS 1301: Rhetoric and Composition 1
RWS 1302: Rhetoric and Composition 2
RWS 1301/UNIV 1301 Learning Community: History
2013-14 Assistant Instructor, Department of English, University of Texas at El Paso.
RWS 1301/English 1311: Expository Writing
RWS 1302/English 1312: Research and Critical Writing
2012-13 Tutor, University Writing Center, University of Texas at El Paso
Administrative Positions
2015-present Assistant Director, Advancement Communications, Office of Asset Management and Development, University of Texas at El Paso
2014-16 Supervisor, University Writing Center, University of Texas at El Paso
2013-14 Graduate Researcher, Centennial Office, University of Texas at El Paso
2013-14 Assistant Director, University Writing Center, University of Texas at El Paso
Scholarly Editing and Publishing Positions
2018 Managing editor, RWS Handbook, 18th ed., Department of English, University of Texas at El Paso
2017 Co-editor, 100 Years of Women at UTEP, Texas Western Press
2016-present Co-editor, Password, El Paso Historical Society
2013-15 Managing Editor and Contributor, UTEP Encyclopedia, University of Texas at El Paso
New Media and Digital Humanities: Website Designer and Administrator
2014-15 Writing Help Online (WHO), University of Texas at El Paso
2013-15 UTEP Encyclopedia, University of Texas at El Paso
2013-15 University Writing Center, University of Texas at El Paso
Consulting and Public Testimony
2013 Castner Range Land Use Plan, The Frontera Land Alliance, El Paso, Tex.
PUBLICATIONS
Books
(forthcoming) The Miners Stylebook: A Composition Manual and Historical Compendium for UTEP Writers.
Pinnacles Road Index: The Guide to Broadway Tour Markets, Shows, and Venues (Del Mar: Pinnacles Research Group, 2004). 374 pp. ISBN 0-9758757-0-1
Journals (peer-reviewed)
“’Maybe It Will Turn Out Better Than We Had Expected’: The School of Mines and the Legal Foundation of the University of Texas System,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly 121, No. 4, April 2018.
Book Chapters
“Introduction” and various essays, 100 Years of Women at UTEP (El Paso: Texas Western Press, 2017). 100 pp. ISBN 0-87404-306-9
Book Reviews
Higher Education in Texas: Its Beginnings to 1970 by Charles R. Matthews (2019), Southwestern Historical Quarterly 122, No. 3, January 2019, pp. 342-343.
Articles (invited)
“The Presidents of the University of Texas at El Paso, Part 2: A Primer,” Password 63, No. 1, Spring 2019.
“The Presidents of the University of Texas at El Paso, Part 1,” Password 62, No. 2, Summer 2018.
“Dzongs of the Desert, Part 4,” Password 62, No. 1, Spring 2018.
“Dzongs of the Desert, Part 3,” Password 61, No. 4, Winter 2018.
“Dzongs of the Desert, Part 2,” Password 61, No. 3, Fall 2017.
“Dzongs of the Desert, Part 1,” Password 61, No. 2, Summer 2017.
“Rebuilding the School of Mines: Worrell’s Mountain,” Password 61, no. 1, Spring 2017.
“Relocating the School of Mines,” Password 60, no. 3, Fall 2016.
“Keyed Access Ticketing,” INTIX News, International Ticketing Association, 1995.
Pamphlets
History of the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence (University of Texas at El Paso, President’s Office, September 2017).
The Miners Style Guide (University of Texas at El Paso, Advancement Communications, 2017).
The Miners’ Almanac and Book of Facts (University of Texas at El Paso, Advancement Communications, in production).
Formatting APA Papers Using MS Word for Windows (University of Texas at El Paso, University Writing Center, September 2013).
The Pocket Guide to Theatre Safety, with Dr. Randall Davidson, Risk International, Inc., 1990.
Digital Projects
The Fundamentals of Rhetoric, a biweekly podcast on all things rhetoric, beginning Fall 2019.
“TWILAH: This Week in Liberal Arts History …,” a series of weekly articles telling the history of the College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at El Paso, launched September 1, 2017.
Writing Help Online (WHO) ((concealed information) an online writing self-help center for student scholars, University of Texas at El Paso, launched August 25, 2014.
“On this Date in UTEP History …,” a series of daily articles telling 365 days of UTEP history, UTEP Encyclopedia, University of Texas at El Paso, launched January 1, 2014.
University Writing Center ((concealed information) the website for UTEP’s University Writing Center, launched University of Texas at El Paso, January 2014.
UTEP Encyclopedia ((concealed information) an online repository of UTEP history and culture, University of Texas at El Paso, launched September 1, 2013.
Pinnacles Road Show ((concealed information) This website provided marketing analysis and data on touring Broadway shows. Hosted by Pinnacles Research Group, 2003-2007.
Magazines, Newsletters, and Publications
“Hoover House Celebrates Centennial,” UTEP News, University Communications, University of Texas at El Paso, May 30, 2017.
“50th Anniversary of Colleges,” UTEP Commencement Program, Spring 2017, University Communications, May 14, 2017.
with Christina Rodriquez, “The XX Factor: A Century of Women at UTEP,” UTEP News, University Communications, University of Texas at El Paso, April 12, 2017.
“First Commencement,” UTEP Commencement Program, Spring 2016, University Communications, May 14, 2016.
“Howard and Nancy Terry,” UTEP Magazine (Vol. 7, No. 3, Fall 2015), University Communications, University of Texas at El Paso.
“History of the English Department, Part 1,” The Folio, Department of English, University of Texas at El Paso, May 2014.
Public Art
Contributing writer, History of UTEP’s Centennial Plaza, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at El Paso, banners, 2015.
PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
Academic Conference, Symposia, and Colloquia Papers
w/ Gaspare M. Genna, “U.S. Perceptions of Mexico and Public Support for North American Cooperation,” International Studies Association (ISA) 58th Annual Convention, April 6, 2018, San Francisco, Cal.
“The Cognitive Evolution of Rhetoric,” UTEP Frontera Rhetorica symposium, April 29, 2016.
“The University and the Porn Star,” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Houston, Tex. April 8, 2016.
“Toulmin, Truth, and Knowledge,” CCCC, Tampa, Fla., March 18, 2015.
“Rhetorical Distances,” Third Annual UTEP Graduate Research Expo, University of Texas at El Paso, November 7, 2013.
“Lincoln, the Rhetor,” UTEP/NMSU Joint Graduate Student Conference, University of Texas at El Paso, April 4, 2013.
Campus Programs
“From Frontier College to Frontera University: UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts,” part of a roundtable, “1967 in History and Memory,” sponsored by the Department of History, University of Texas at El Paso, October 6, 2017.
“History of the UTEP Campus,” presentation to the Texas State Historical Association, Centennial Plaza, September 11, 2015.
“History of UTEP,” presentation to UTEP Alumni Miner Ambassadors, University of Texas at El Paso, August 20, 2015.
“UTEP: What We Now Know,” public lecture, Centennial Museum, University of Texas at El Paso, October 9, 2014.
“UTEP Arts Tour,” campus tour designed and presented to the public on the history of the presentation of the arts at UTEP. Part of the Centennial Museum’s “Centennial Walking Tours,” University of Texas at El Paso, September 2014 (1 tour).
“UTEP History,” campus tour designed and presented to the public on UTEP’s transformation over the century. Part of the Centennial Museum’s “Centennial Walking Tours,” University of Texas at El Paso, June-July 2014 (4 tours).
“Winchester Cooley,” presentation on the history of El Paso’s Cooley family, Centennial Museum, University of Texas at El Paso, June 21, 2014.
Workshops
“Planning Your ePortfolio,” a workshop on website design, Rhetoric and Writing Studies program, University of Texas at El Paso, Fall 2014 (3 sessions).
“Formatting Documents using MS Word,” University Writing Center, University of Texas at El Paso, Fall 2014.
MEDIA
Archival Research Contributor
Christina Rodriguez, “Tradition and Distinction: UTEP Commencement Turns 100,” UTEP News Service, May 11, 2016.
University Communications, UTEP Promotional Video (working title), University of Texas at El Paso, 2015.
University Communications, UTEP History, weekly El Paso Times series commemorating the University of Texas at El Paso’s Centennial Celebration in 2014, 2014.
Hank Cohen, producer and director, UTEP: The First 100 Years, a documentary film on UTEP history, 2014.
Jessica Molinar-Munoz, “UTEP Began with El Paso,” El Paso Times, March 30, 2014.
UTEP Library Special Collections, Henry Trost, exhibit text, University of Texas at El Paso, 2014.
Centennial Museum, Miner Strong: A Century of Sports at UTEP, exhibit text and research, University of Texas at El Paso, 2013.
Centennial Museum, A Century of Transformations, exhibit research, University of Texas at El Paso, 2013.
Feature Story Interviews
Daniel Perez, “UTEP Faculty Consider Podcasts to Engage Students,” UTEP Communications, July 22, 2019.
Christina Rodriguez, “Tradition and Distinction: UTEP Commencement Turns 100,” UTEP News Service, May 11, 2016.
Daniel Perez, “Students Add Entries to UTEP Encyclopedia,” UTEP News Service, November 14, 2014.
Jessica Molinar-Munoz, “First Day of Classes,” El Paso Times, September 28, 2014.
Rodrigo Castaneda, “UTEP’s Centennial Tour Series Continue with ‘UTEP History,’” UTEP News Service, June 27, 2014.
Keith Erekson, “UTEP History Uncovered during the Celebration,” UTEP Magazine, Spring/Summer 2014.
Lisa Garibay, “UTEP Encyclopedia Writes the Book on University History,” UTEP News Service, February 6, 2014.
Media Interviews
Billy Crier, “Archives,” C. L. Sonnichsen Special Collections, video interview, September 2017.
Jackson Polk and Melissa Sargent, “Women and UTEP,” El Paso History Radio Show, KTSM-AM, April 7, 2017
Louie Saenz, “Women and UTEP,” Focus on Campus, KTEP-FM, April 5, 2017.
Jackson Polk and Melissa Sargent, “UTEP Centennial History,” El Paso History Radio Show, KTSM-AM, August 23, 2014
Louie Saenz, “Campus Walking Tours,” Focus on Campus, KTEP-FM, July 18, 2014.
SERVICE AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Service
2017 El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence Silver Anniversary Committee, Office of the President, University of Texas at El Paso
2016-17 UTEP Edge Committee, Office of the Provost, University of Texas at El Paso
2016-17 50th Anniversary Committee, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at El Paso
Professional Affiliations
American Society for the History of Rhetoric
Interdisciplinary Research and Education (IDRE), University of Texas at El Paso
Modern Language Association
National Council of Teachers of English
Rhetoric Society of America
OTHER TEACHING APPOINTMENTS
2008-09 Teacher, high school, Northwest Independent School District, Justin, Tex.
Theatre
Speech Communications
1999-00 Adjunct Professor, Arts Marketing, University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, Ala.
1986-90 Technical Director, Department of Fine Arts, West Valley College, Saratoga, Calif.

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