Chalet Seidel teaches a variety of introductory and upper-division courses on writing and writers. Her writing courses take a rhetorical approach, paying particular attention to the writer's conception of and connection with audiences. In all of her classes, Chalet encourages her students to become more careful, critical readers and more confident writers. Outside the classroom, she serves on both campus-wide and departmental committees that promote writing across campus. Chalet has presented and published work on rhetorical theories of genre and on the professional development of Nineteenth-Century American journalists. Her current research and professional activities focus on writing program development. Before entering academia, Chalet worked in publishing, including at a psychiatric journal and at a community-based arts nonprofit.