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A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, Beth Ann Rothermel joined the faculty at Westfield State University in the fall of 1996. Among the courses she teaches are Teaching Writing, Ethnography, Speech, English Composition, and Women Writers. She also supervises student teachers. She coordinated Westfield’s first-year writing program from 1997 to 2008. Although much of her recent research focuses on the history of women's rhetorical education in America, she wrote her dissertation on the influence of multiculturalism on mother-tongue instruction in Sweden. Inspired by her involvement in Brown University’s Project BRITE, which provides support to faculty working with future teachers of English language learners, she is again engaged in research on transnational approaches to teaching writing, especially in multilingual settings. At Westfield, Professor Rothermel looks for opportunities to incorporate what she has learned through her research into her teaching approaches. She strives to convince her students of the value of a good argument, stressing that writing and teaching academic writing may be as creative an endeavor as writing and teaching poetry or fiction. She is also active in the Western Massachusetts Writing Project.