Composition Program/First-year Writing

The first-year writing curriculum prepares you for dynamic environments. We expose you to a range of written, spoken, and visual forms of communication, both as audience and as author. Our courses lay the foundation for you to be a critical thinker, an active learner, and an effective communicator. 

As part of the university's Curriculum for Liberal Education, first-year writing courses are taken by all Virginia Tech students. We want you to thrive in academic and professional environments, where you will engage with a variety of texts, including reading, analyzing, and writing. Our classes reflect the variety of modern writing and communication to prepare you for your work as a student, intern, and future professional.

CONTACT US

Derek N. Mueller
Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Writing
Director of Composition
derek.mueller@vt.edu

Julie Mengert
Senior Instructor 
Assistant Director of Composition
jmengert@vt.edu

Katie Beth Brooks
GTA Assistant to the Director of Composition
katbb92@vt.edu

Steve Oakey
Senior Instructor
Director of GTA Education
soakey@vt.edu

Jennifer Mooney
Senior Instructor
Assistant Department Chair
jenmoon@vt.edu