Barbara Lewis

Lecturer, Communication and Media

Barbara Lewis is a Lecturer in Communication and Media.  She served as Director of the Center for Communication Practices, RPI’s writing and speaking center, from 2006–2017.  She also serves as the co-coordinator of the Communication Intensive program requirement and helps to organize the McKinney Writing Contest and Reading each spring.  She teaches writing courses including Research Writing, Writing for Promotion & Marketing, Rhetoric & Writing, and Writing & Response.  Barbara is an RPI alumna (’99) and once worked as a consultant in the writing center; after graduating, she directed the Writing Center at Siena College before returning to her alma mater.

Her research interests include contemporary composition theory, approaches to teaching writing in specific academic disciplines, and writing center theory and pedagogy.  Currently, she is exploring best practices for responding to multimodal projects in our Centers, and collaborating on a book chapter about pedagogical approaches to Information Literacy that recognize it as an important element of disciplinary discourse.


Ph.D., Communication & Rhetoric, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute