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Rowe, Debbie

Rowe, Debbie

Curriculum Vitae

Doctoral Lecturer

Phone: 718-262-2481
Office Location: AC-2B10

Office Hours  
Fall 2022 Office Hours via Zoom  Tuesdays 11:00-11:50 am 
  and by appointment 


Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  Communication and Rhetoric  2010 
MS  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  Communication and Rhetoric  2005 
BA  The City College of New York, CUNY  Creative Writing  1996 
Debbie Rowe earned her PhD in Communication and Rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Using her years of tech industry expertise, combined with her research focus on advances in technology in the workplace and classroom, she teaches students the communication skills and critical thinking needed to stay ahead of the curve in college and in their careers.

Areas of Expertise

Computers and Composition
Program Assessment
Professional Communication: Web Content Strategy, Business Communication, Proposal & Grant Writing, Research Writing and Publication (for multiple industries)
Qualitative Research
Second Language Writing

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Rowe, Debbie. "From Wood to Bits to Silicon Chips: A History of Developments in Computer Synthesized Speech.." Computer Synthesized Speech Technologies: Tools for Aiding Impairment. 2010: 9-27.

Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Decoupling and Recoupling: The Important Distinctions Between Program Assessment and Course Assessment " 14 Sep 2017: Drexel University Annual Conference on Teaching & Learning Assessment, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

" Leading from the Local: How can Writing Centers Change the Conversation on Campus " 14 Apr 2012: Northeast Writing Centers Association, Queens, New York.

" The Balancing Act of a Hybrid Course " 23 Mar 2012: Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, Missouri.

" The Importance of Reading Aloud during Revision: Recent research findings " 10 Jul 2011: 22nd Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition: Rhetoric and Writing across Language Boundaries, State College, Pennsylvania.

" Automating Reading Aloud. " 2 Apr 2009: Building Future Faculty Program, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

" What Technologizing the Practice of Reading Aloud to Revise Can Tell Us about the Practice Itself. " 13 Mar 2009: Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, California.

" Survey Findings on the Read Aloud Practice of Writers. " 6 Feb 2008: Department of Language, Literature, and Communication Colloquium Series. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.

" The Role of Sound in the Act of Revision. " 28 Sep 2007: 5th Annual Future Faculty Career Exploration Program, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York.

" How Users Process Procedural Illustrations: Evidence from Qualitative and Quantitative Data. " 15 May 2007: Society for Technical Communication’s 54th Annual Conference, Technical Communication Summit. Minneapolis Convention Center, Minnesota.

" The Differentiated Freshman Composition Classroom. " 21 Apr 2007: Annual Conference of the SUNY Council on Writing. University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, New York.

" Technological Tools for Re-Sensing Writing. " 7 Apr 2006: Conference on Writing, Teaching, and Technology, K-College. University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts.

" Text-to-Speech Programs and ESL Writing. " 14 Mar 2006: Graduate Student Forum. TESOL Convention. Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida.

" Leveling the Playing Field: Applying Text-to-Speech Programs to the Writing Process. " 16 Mar 2005: Research Network Forum at CCCC. The Moscone Center, San Francisco, California.

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

Writiting Fellow, Faculty Fellowship Publication Program, CUNY: 2011-2012.

Joanne Wagner Memorial Fellowship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: 2007-2009.

Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Fellowship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: 2006-2009.

Honorable Mention, Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship, Ford Foundation: 2006.

McKinney Competition 1st Prize, Graduate Student Essay, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: 2005.

Sydney M. Jacoff Scholarship, City College of New York (CUNY): 1994.


CUNY, Course Re-Design Project. Spring 2013-Spring 2014: $39,770.

PSC-CUNY, "ESL Writers Reading Aloud to Revise in English.". July, 2011-June 2013: $3,462.

William Stewart Travel Award, CCCC 2012 Presentation "The Balancing Act of a Hybrid Course". Spring 2012: $500.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Panel Chair, “Bridging the Gap(s) in Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas, Nevada.: 16 March 2013.

Panel Chair, “Rhetorics of Advocacy and Risk.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, Florida: 20 March 2015.