Professional Staff

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Hidy Basta

Ph. D. Language and Rhetoric, University of Washington 2010
MATESOL, University of Washington, 2001


Phone: 206-296-6453

I have a Ph.D. in Language and Rhetoric and an M.A.T. in  English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Washington. My research and teaching interests include critical discourse analysis, interdisciplinary writing, genre theory, language ideology and identity, bilingualism, and narrative analysis. I have taught several classes in service learning and the Interdisciplinary Writing Program at the University of Washington and at Antioch University.  Over the past few years, I directed the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Academic Support Lab at Antioch University Seattle.  My current research focuses on exploring the role of feedback on students’ writing and the role of peer consultations in facilitating creativity and risk-taking in academic writing. I enjoy good conversations and good food, hikes, camping under the stars, adventures with my family, and to varying degrees of helplessness: gardening and video games.

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Alexandra Smith

Assistant Director

Phone: 206-296-5309

Building/Room: LEML 253

I am currently finishing up my PhD in English Language and Literature at the University of Washington where my research focuses on twentieth century multi-ethnic literatures of the United States. I am specifically interested in literatures that take up “the street” and urban space and how this “street lit” uses the literary form to reclaim and/or make anew the use value of the street. In addition to teaching high school English in Sacramento, I’ve taught several courses in composition and literature in the English department at UW. I’ve also served as an Assistant Director in UW’s Expository Writing Program where I worked as a liaison between the university and Washington area high schools. Additionally, I am a founding member of and current editor-in-chief for Process: Journal of Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Scholarship, an online journal that publishes undergraduate work from around the world.

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Mickey Rayment

Senior Administrative Assistant

Phone: 206-398-4442

Building/Room: LEML 262