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.



  • Ph.D. English (Writing History and Theory), Case Western Reserve University, 2010
  • MA English, Youngstown State University, 2001
  • BA Professional Writing and Editing, Youngstown State University, 1997


Courses Taught:

  • ENGL 101 Composition I
  • ENGL 110 Honors Composition 1
  • ENGL 276 Writing About the Arts
  • ENGL 334: Writing About Writing
  • ENGL 373: Literary Journalists
  • ENGL 392 Business and Technical Writing


Professional Activities:

  • Westfield State University Writing Liaison and Academic Policies Committees
  • Chair, Westfield State University English Department Writing Committee
  • Westfield State University English Department Composition Committee
  • Associate Editor, The Historical Journal of Massachusetts
  • Professional Memberships: Conference on College Composition and Communication, Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, and Society for Technical Communication