Department of English Language and Literature

MSC03 2170
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Physical Location:
Second Floor

Phone: (505) 277-6347
Fax: (505) 277-0021

Cristyn L. Elder

Assistant Professor

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Contact Information

Office Location: Humanities 355


Rhetoric and Writing
Professional Writing

Research Area/s
Writing Program Administration; Multilingual Writers; Writing Center Theory and Practice; Research Methods


Cristyn’s research and teaching covers three areas: writing program administration (particularly graduate student professional development), working with multilingual writers, and writing center theory and practice. She earned her MA in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies with a specialization in Language Program Administration and her doctorate in English from Purdue University with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition and a focus on Writing Program Administration and Second Language Studies/ESL.

Cristyn has taught teacher education courses for English language instructors at La Universidad Latina de America in Morelia, Mexico; as a Peace Corps Master’s Internationalist in Kherson, Ukraine; and as an English Language Fellow in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. In the U.S., she has taught WAC/WID courses in composition, professional writing, teacher education, and public speaking for both native and non-native speakers of English at the postsecondary level.

Cristyn’s research interests arise from her teaching and program administration practices, focusing on pedagogy, program assessment, and students’ texts. As Cristyn explains in her dissertation, “Dear OWL Mail”: Reshaping Our Stories about Writers and Writers’ Concerns, much of the literature in the field of rhetoric and composition narrates the stories of writers and their writing as told by teachers, administrators, and researchers. In an effort to bring writers’ voices to the forefront of these stories, her empirical study examines the types of questions and concerns writers have about their personal and professional writing as submitted through Purdue University’s OWL Mail.

Cristyn has published in the WPA Journal and is the co-author of “‘We Wanted to Have an Open and Welcoming Space’: A Conversation with Malea Powell” in Listening to Our Elders: Working and Writing for Change (Utah State University Press) and the Instructor’s Manual for Linda Bergmann’s textbook Academic Research and Writing: Inquiry and Argument in College (Longman Press).

Cristyn is also a co-founder and managing editor of Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society and a co-founder of WPA-GO (the Council of Writing Program Administrators Graduate Student Organization).