Writing Program Contacts


Directors and Staff

Rutgers English Language Institute (RELI)

  • Desorbo, Natalie

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DiGiacomo, Mark

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  • Mark DiGiacomo
  • Title: Associate Director of the Writing Program
  • Email: mark.digiacomo@rutgers.edu
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  • Office/Office Hours: Lucy Stone Hall-B, Room 104E (LIV)
  • About: Mark DiGiacomo is an associate director of the Rutgers Writing Program. He has a PhD in English from Rutgers, where he was a CCA fellow and a Mellon fellow. His writing has appeared in Modernism/modernity and Comparative Literature Studies. In addition to his scholarship, he has worked at an academic science journal and in the health nonprofit field. He is at work on a book entitled Resistant Forms: African Art and the Making of Literary Modernism as well as a writing guide for graduate students across the disciplines.
  • Awards: Rutgers Writing Program Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2016 Mellon Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2013-2014 Rutgers English Department Summer Research Grant, 2013 Edward Kassakian Award, 2013-2015 Rutgers Graduate School-New Brunswick Conference Travel Grant, 2013 Rutgers University Center for Cultural Analysis Fellowship, 2012-2013 Mellon Foundation Summer Grant, 2012 Rutgers English Department Mellon Summer Travel Grant, 2012 Rutgers English Department Conference Travel Grant, 2012 Graduate Fellowship, Rutgers English Department, 2011-2012 Mellon Foundation Summer Grant, 2011 Rutgers English Department Mellon Summer Travel Grant, 2011 Rutgers English Department Symposium Award, 2011 Phi Beta Kappa, 2001
  • Education: PhD, English, Rutgers (2014) MA, English, University of Sussex (2005) BA, International Affairs, The George Washington University (2003)
  • Courses Taught: Writing the Dissertation: Writing for Publication Graduate Writing Expository Writing Basic Composition Basic Composition with Reading Exposition and Argument Research in the Disciplines

Houser, Nicole

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  • Nicole Houser
  • Title: Director of the Rutgers English Language Institute (RELI)
  • Email: nicole.houser@rutgers.edu
  • Office/Office Hours: Tillett Hall, Room 107 (LIV)
  • Education: Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Composition and Applied Linguistics

Dr. Nicole Houser is the Director of the newly established Rutgers English Language Institute (RELI), within the English Department’s Writing Program. RELI houses all divisions dedicated to scholars who use English as an additional language: Intensive English @RELI, English for Academic Purposes, and Graduate ELL. Dr. Houser specializes in applying critical and contextualized approaches to the curricular development of First Year Writing, English as an Additional Language (EAL), and World Language programs. She has written and taught courses for all levels of learners of English and Spanish, as well as Introduction to Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Translation, Intercultural Communication, and special topics courses on language ideologies and linguistic discrimination in the United States. Prior to arriving at Rutgers, Dr. Houser redesigned the First Year Writing curriculum for multilingual learners at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, where she also served as Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. At Rutgers, Dr. Houser led the curricular redesign at RELI, reframing each program toward a translingual and inclusive model, developing cross-linguistic and cross-cultural programming with key partners such as the Language Engagement Project (LEP) and Rutgers Global. Dr. Houser has given numerous presentations on culturally responsive and inclusive pedagogy and how the critical examination of language is central to interrogating, challenging, and transforming historically exclusionary policies and practices in higher education. Her current research focuses on developing collaborative curricula and institutional programming toward linguistic diversity and social justice, and she currently serves as the co-director of the Language and Social Justice Initiative.  


Writing Program Calendar

21 Sep 2021;
03:00PM - 04:30PM
Directors Meeting
22 Sep 2021;
10:00AM - 11:30AM
All-Faculty Meeting
24 Sep 2021;
10:30AM - 11:30AM
Peer Mentorship Observation Group (PMOG) Meeting