Matthew Capdevielle

Matthew Capdevielle

Director, University Writing Center
Professor of the Practice, University Writing Program
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Literacy Education
Faculty Affiliate, Education, Schooling, and Society Program 

B.A., Saint Louis University
M.A., St. John's College
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison

Capdevielle studies rhetorical theory and composition pedagogy, focusing on rhetoric and ethics in writing instruction in various venues, including writing centers and classroom-based writing programs at the college level. Capdevielle teaches courses in the University Writing Program and the Program of Liberal Studies.

Recent Scholarly Activity
“Camping in the Disciplines: Assessing the Effect of Writing Camps on Graduate Student Writers.” w/Gretchen
     Busl and Kara Donnelly. In Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines: Identifying, Teaching,
     and Supporting.
Edited by Marilee Brooks-Gillies, Elena G. Garcia, Soo Hyon Kim, Katie
      Manthey, and Trixie G. Smith. May 2020.

“Negotiating Hostipitality: Working in a Prison Writing Center.” Conference on Community Writing. Philadelphia,
     PA. October 2019.

“Potential in the Penitentiary.” (Work-in-Progress Presentation.) International Writing Centers Association
     Convention. Atlanta, GA. October 2018.

“Internships, Practica, and Other Models of Immersive Professional Development.” (Contributor)  Council of 
     Graduate Schools Annual Meeting. Scottsdale, AZ. December 2017.

“Sleuthing and Code-Breaking in Tutor Recruitment and Interview Practices.” International Writing Centers
Association Convention. Chicago, IL. November 2017.
“Helping Others Tell Their Stories: Application Materials in/and the Writing Center." National Conference on Peer
Tutoring in Writing. Hofstra University, NY. October 2017.
"Camping in the Disciplines: Assessing the Effect of Writing Camps on Graduate Student Writers." with Gretchen 
     Busl and Kara Donnelly. Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines. Spec. issue of Across 
    the Disciplines 
12.3 (2015).
“What Are Threshold Concepts and Why Do Writing Centers Need Them?” International Writing Centers
Association. Orlando, FL. October 2014.
"Why Camp: Theoretical Foundations of Graduate Level Writing Camps." Conference on College Composition and
    Communication. Indianapolis, IN. 22 March 2014.
"I Am; I Am Not: Re-envisioning 'Problematic' Aspects of Writing Center Identity." International Writing Centers
     Association. San Diego. 27 October 2012.
"Literacies in Tension: Writing Center Tutors Teaching and Learning in Public Schools.” Conference on College
    Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO. 21 March 2012.
"The Writerly Question in Non-Directive Writing Center Tutorials.” Conference on College Composition and
     Communication. Atlanta, GA. 6 April 2011.
"What is Rhetoric Research? A Continuing Conversation." Rhetoric Society of America. Minneapolis, 
     29 May 2010.

Contact Information
206 Coleman-Morse Center
(574) 631-3844