Carnegie Mellon University

Danielle Wetzel

Danielle Zawodny Wetzel

Teaching Professor & Director of First-Year Writing

Area of Study

Writing & Communication, Professional Writing, Rhetoric


I’m interested in all things related to the teaching and assessment of reading and writing—especially at the intersection of rhetoric, applied linguistics, and composition. As the director of the First-Year English Program, my responsibilities range from training and mentoring new Ph.D. student teachers, to instructing our ESL first-year students, to maintaining a working relationship with our English faculty and staff at our branch campus in Doha, Qatar.

More specifically, I am working on designing more curriculum options for students who are nonnative English speakers and are considered to be "proficient" in English. Alongside that challenge, I am developing training materials for First-Year English teachers to incorporate linguistic heterogeneity into their personal pedagogies.


  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
  • MA, Kent State University
  • BA, Grove City College