Paige M. Hermansen specializes in rhetoric and composition and teaches courses in writing, rhetorical grammar, and rhetorical history and theory. Her research focuses on the rhetoric of education policy and the promotional discourse of colleges and universities. She is also interested in queer and feminist theory, LGBTQIA studies, literacy studies, discourse analysis, and sociolinguistics.


Outside the classroom, Paige is committed to diversity and inclusion efforts on campus and engaging with students on social justice issues. Her current research focuses on the design of developmental writing courses and the promotional discourse of community colleges. In her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar and drums, hiking with her partner and their beagle, and traveling.  


  • Ph.D. in English (Rhetoric and Composition), University of Arkansas
  • M.A. in English Literature, Western Washington University
  • B.A. in English, University of Texas at Austin


Courses Taught:
  • English 101:  English Composition I
  • English 101 PLUS
  • English 102:  Themed English Composition II:  Issues in K-12 Public Education
  • English 206: Principles and Applications of Grammar
  • English 303: Persuasive Communication


Selected Publications:
  • “‘There Was No One Coming With Enough Power to Save Us’: Waiting for ‘Superman’ and the Rhetoric of the New Education Documentary.” Rhetoric Public Affairs 17.3 (2014).
  • “It Is Essentially Her Own: Authenticating Discourse, Institutional Authority, and Narrative Agency in The History of Mary Prince.” In Representations of Internarrative Identity, edited by Lori Way. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.


Conference Participation:
  • "Balancing the Books: Political Economy and Literacy Education across History." Conference on College Communication and Composition. Portland, OR. March 2017.
  • “Risky Business: Neoliberalism, Corporate Culture, and Higher Education.” Conference on College Communication and Composition. Houston, TX. March 2016.
  • “A Golden Bill of Goods: The Effects of College Promotional Discourse on Prospective Students and the Assessment of Student Work.” Liberal Arts International Conference. Doha, Qatar. February 2016.
  • “Personal Narrative as Public Discourse.” National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference. Washington, D.C. November 2014.