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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, writing program administration, summer bridge programs, and composition theory and pedagogies. As an administrator, researcher, and teacher, I examine what kinds of writing support best fosters student success.

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 101: Composition I
English 102: Composition II

  • 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
  • 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, writing program administration, summer bridge programs, composition theory and pedagogies