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Cristyn Elder

Cristyn L. Elder

Assistant Professor
Rhetoric and Writing

Contact Information

Office Location: Humanities 355


Cristyn's research and teaching interests include writing program administration, composition and writing center theory and practice, working with multilingual writers, and writing across the curriculum. 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 English language and teacher education courses in Morelia, Mexico; as a Peace Corps Master’s Internationalist in Ukraine; as an English Language Fellow in Guatemala; and as an English Language Specialist in Tajikistan. 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 has published in WPA: Writing Program Administration and co-authored “‘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)

Department of English Language and Literature
Humanities Building, Second Floor
MSC03 2170
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

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