Department of Writing and Rhetoric

O'Dowd Hall, Room 378
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2746
fax: (248) 370-2748

Roger Chao

Roger Chao

Roger Chao

Assistant Professor
Office: 307 O'Dowd Hall
Phone(248) 370-2742
Fax: 248-370-2748


Roger Chao completed his Ph.D. in English with a focus in Language and Rhetoric at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. His research interests include university-community partnerships and the teaching of writing in community-based contexts. In the past, he has taught first-year service-learning composition at the University of Washington as well as adult basic education at Literacy Source, a community organization in Seattle. Currently, he is working alongside The Dream Center in Pontiac and the Oakland Literacy Council in Bloomfield Hills to develop literacy and education programs in the Metro Detroit area. In addition, Roger's work also examines the skills and strategies that students need to transition effectively from high school English into college writing. He served as the Assistant Director for the University of Washington in the High School (UWHS) program, collaborating with high school English teachers across Washington State to integrate university writing outcomes with common core standards.


Ph.D. in English. University of Washington, Seattle, WA.  
M.A. in English. University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
B.A. in English. University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.


WRT 1020: Basic Writing
WRT 1050: Composition I
WRT 1060: Composition II
WRT 3010: Contemporary Issues in Writing and Rhetoric 
WRT 3063: Writing with the Community