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Maria Conti Maravillas

Dr. Maria Conti Maravillas

Assistant Professor


I am an Assistant Professor of English and the Writing Center Director at The University of Southern Mississippi. My experience and specialties are in writing centers, multicultural pedagogies, writing program administration, summer bridge programs, and composition theory and pedagogies. As a teacher, researcher, and administrator, I focus on the transition to college, particularly through student engagement in composition courses and success programs.

My most current research project examines student transitional experiences to higher education in summer bridge programs and the deficit discourse embedded in these programs. This research seeks to develop a more inclusive university space for all students. My work has been published in Composition Forum and Community Literacy Journal. Visit for more information.

  • Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English (PHD) - University of Arizona (2019)
  • Literature and Writing (MA) - Kent State University at Kent (2014)
  • English with minors in Creative Writing and Professional Writing (BA) - Walsh University (2012)

English 100E: Introduction to Composition
English 101: Composition I
English 102: Composition II
English 335: Collaborative Learning and Tutoring Writing
English 430: Grant Writing

  • Cultivating Change from the Ground Up: Developing a Grassroots Programmatic Assessment, Composition Forum, 2017
  • ALLIES Training
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
  • Preventing Discrimination & Harassment: Employees V2.3
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Title IX: Preventing Sexual Misconduct for Faculty and Staff – "Responsible Employee" Edition
  • International Writing Centers Association
  • College Composition and Communication
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • American Association of University Women
  • American Association of University Professors

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Liberal Arts Building (LAB) 358 and Cook Library 112C map



Areas of Expertise

writing centers, multicultural pedagogies, writing program administration, summer bridge programs, composition theory and pedagogies