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Contact Information


Writing Center; Department of English


Fontaine 210, Library 334



(845) 575-2295

Kathleen Daly Weisse, PhD.

Director of the Writing Center
Lecturer in English
Core Committee Member


Dr. Weisse received her PhD in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds an MA in Rhetoric from Illinois State University and a BA in Technical Writing from the University of North Texas. She teaches writing courses, including Writing for College, Writing as a Discipline, and Collaborative Writing. In addition to her role as English faculty, Dr. Weisse is the Director of the Marist Writing Center. In her role as director, Weisse is dedicated to making the Writing Center a more accessible and engaging space for students and faculty to build connections and foster community around writing.

PhD, Composition and Rhetoric, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019

  • Dissertation: Votes, Grades, and Genes: Deconstructing Big Data’s Rhetorical Reach

MA, English Studies: Rhetoric, Illinois State University, 2013
BA, Technical Writing, Spanish, Philosophy, University of North Texas, 2011

Research Interests / Areas of Focus

  • Writing Center Studies
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Critical Data Studies
  • Anti-Racist Writing Instruction

Selected Publications

Kathleen Daly Weisse, Elisabeth Miller, Bradley Hughes. “Getting Personal: The Influence of Direct Personal Experience on Disciplinary Faculty Designing Writing Assignments.” Across the Disciplines. October 2021.

Kathleen Daly Weisse, Kellie Sharp-Hoskins, and Julie Jung. “Algorithmic Abstraction and the Neoliberal Rhetoric of 23andMe.” Rhetoric Review. Forthcoming (2021).

Public Writing:

“Not It! Resistance to Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum.” Another Word: From the Writing Center at UW-Madison. February 28, 2017.  

“Water Damage, Writing Technologies, and Alternative Modes of Feedback.” Another Word: From the Writing Center at UW-Madison. March 2, 2016.


Selected Presentations

“When Learning Outcomes Mask Learning: Probing Assumptions about Writing Assessment in the Age of Learning Analytics.” International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. Fort Collins, CO (August 2021).

“Systems and Symbols that Matter: Rhetorical Investigations of Data, Debt, and Ignorance,” Rhetoric in Society 7. Ghent, Belgium (September 2019)

“When Disciplinary Colleagues Become WAC Consultants: An Activity Theory Analysis of an Immersive WAC Faculty Development Workshop,” International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. Auburn, AL (June 2018)

“Body-based Numeracies: Big Data and Feminist Rhetorical Maths,” Rhetoric Society of America. Minneapolis, MN (May 2018)

“Beyond Reflective Writing Assignments: Helping Students Think Critically About University-Community Partnerships,” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Portland, OR (March 2017)

“When the Goal Becomes Assimilation: Disrupting Big Data in Higher Education,” Rhetoric Society of America, UW-Madison Symposium. Madison, WI (April 2016)

“Beyond Digital Ubiquity: Material Consequences of Big Data Rhetoric in Higher Education,” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Houston, TX (March 2016)

Courses Taught

English 120: Writing for College

English 185: Writing as a Discipline

English 392: Collaborative Writing and Revision