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The West Point Writing Program

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Dr. Jason Hoppe, Associate Dean

Dr. Hoppe completed his Ph.D. in English at Johns Hopkins, where he also taught in the Expository Writing Program and directed the Writing Center (2008-2012). At USMA, he has served as the founding Director of the Writing Fellows Program (2012), Mounger Writing Center (2013), and West Point Writing Program (2016). He continues to oversee the design, execution, and assessment of each initiative, as elaborated in his essay "The Pen and the Drone," published in A Critical Look at Institutional Mission (2016). Dr. Hoppe's research and teaching engage American literature, composition studies, and the history of higher education and the public humanities. Essays from his first book project, on the antinomian literary networks of major American women writers, have been published in TSLL and ESQ.

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LTC Alan Brown, Assistant Professor 

LTC Alan Brown holds a Master's degree in English (Rhetoric and Composition) from Colorado State University and is in his fifth year of teaching at West Point. He customarily teaches EN101: Composition and EN102: Literature to first-year cadets. When assigned to the operational Army LTC Brown has frequently filled roles in Public Affairs, taking responsibility for media relations, community relations, and internal communication. He has recently published creative nonfiction and poetry in The Gold Man Review, Foliate Oak Literary Review, and FishFood Magazine. Note: A national search will be undertaken during the 2017-2018 academic year to appoint a new Associate Director at the rank of Assistant Professor for a renewable three-year term. LTC Brown will not be competing for this position.

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CPT Kristen Johnson, Instructor 

CPT Kristen Johnson (Signal Corps) began her appointment as Executive Officer in January, 2017. She completed her Master's degree in English at George Mason, with a concentration in the Teaching of Writing and Literature. At West Point, CPT Johnson teaches EN100: Foundational Writing, EN101: Composition, and EN102: Literature. Her present research focuses on deficit discourse and basic writers. (Appointed annually, the Executive Officer teaches in his or her home department and serves in the Writing Program as an additional duty, consulting in the Mounger Writing Center and assisting with select project management, special events, or faculty development in concert with his or her own scholarly agenda. To learn more, or to express interest in this position, contact the Program's Director.)

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MAJ Murray Shugars, Professor (Alcorn State University)

MAJ Shugars received his Ph.D. in English from Purdue University. While at Purdue, he taught a range of writing-focused courses, including courses in professional communication, and served as a graduate tutor and summer director in the Writing Lab. Currently, he is Professor of English at Alcorn State University (Lorman, Mississippi), where he teaches first-year to graduate courses and directs the Alcorn Writing Center, which he founded in 2002. MAJ Shugars supports the West Point Writing Program during the summer and periodically throughout the academic year as an individual mobilization augmentee (IMA) soldier assigned to the U.S. Military Academy; he has nearly thirty enlisted and commissioned years in the Marine Corps Reserve, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve.

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The Title 5 position of Program Manager will be filled prior to the Fall of 2017. The Program Manager provides the Writing Program, its personnel, and related operations such as the Mounger Writing Center and Writing Fellows Program with comprehensive administrative, budgetary, and technical support.



Graduate Writing Fellows

Through coordination with First Division Consulting, the Writing Program contracts Graduate Writing Fellows who staff the Mounger Writing Center during weekday afternoons, 1230-1630; official terms relating to their work are explained within the services contract. All Graduate Writing Fellows have an advanced degree (M.A. or Ph.D.) from an accredited college or university in writing, communication, or a related field. Customarily, they have significant experience teaching students writing in academic settings and knowledge of writing center scholarship, theories, and practices. Graduate Writing Fellows lead individual consultations for any client (including staff and faculty) and follow the same practices and policies that guide other Writing Fellows. When they do not have appointments, Graduate Writing Fellows edit various WPWP-, MWC-, and WFP-related documents, inclusive of promotional materials, writing guides, writing workshops, handbooks, purpose statements, abstracts, guidelines, databases, etc. For the 2017-2018 Academic Year, Dr. Vivek Freitas, Mrs. Luciana Herman (M.A.), and Dr. Susannah Hollister staff the MWC in this capacity.​​​​

Executive Committee

​The Writing Program's Executive Committee is chaired by its Director and includes appointed representatives from ten academic departments, the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic, and the Corps of Cadets. Members of this advisory committee meet monthly to review key curricular and pedagogical concerns, weigh policy questions, promote awareness of the Writing Program's mission and requirements, and provide counsel to the Program's Director. Current faculty representatives are as follows:

LTC Alan Brown, Associate Director, West Point Writing Program (*EXCOM Vice Chair)
CPT Matthew Clark, Instructor, Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic
Dr. Jason Hoppe, Director, West Point Writing Program (*EXCOM Chair)
LTC Theodore Kaiser, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Life Sciences
Dr. David Kashinski, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering
Dr. Robert McDonald, Associate Professor, Department of History
Dr. Robert Person, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences

COL Bret Van Poppel, Professor & Deputy Department Head, Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
LTC Mark Visger, Assistant Professor, Department of Law
Dr. Jeffrey Watson, Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages
LTC Krista Watts, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences
Dr. Lissa Young, Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership
LTC Anthony Zupancic, Academy Professor & Director, FYC, Department of English and Philosophy