Matthew Capdevielle

Director, University Writing Center
Professor of the Practice, University Writing Program
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Literacy Education
Affiliated Faculty, Education, Schooling, and Society


B.A., Saint Louis University; M.A., St. John's College; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison


Capdevielle studies rhetorical theory and composition pedagogy, focusing on rhetoric and ethics in writing instruction in various venues, including writing centers and classroom-based writing programs at the college level. Capdevielle teaches courses in the University Writing Program and the Program of Liberal Studies.

Scholarly Work

  • “Camping in the Disciplines: Assessing the Effect of Writing Camps on Graduate Student Writers.” w/Gretchen Busl and Kara Donnelly. In Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines: Identifying, Teaching, and Supporting. Edited by Marilee Brooks-Gillies, Elena G. Garcia, Soo Hyon Kim, Katie Manthey, and Trixie G. Smith. May 2020.
  • “Negotiating Hostipitality: Working in a Prison Writing Center.” Conference on Community Writing. Philadelphia, PA. October 2019.
  • “Potential in the Penitentiary.” (Work-in-Progress Presentation.) International Writing Centers Association Convention. Atlanta, GA. October 2018.
  • “Internships, Practica, and Other Models of Immersive Professional Development.” (Contributor)  Council of Graduate Schools Annual Meeting. Scottsdale, AZ. December 2017.
  • “Sleuthing and Code-Breaking in Tutor Recruitment and Interview Practices.” International Writing Centers Association Convention. Chicago, IL. November 2017.
  • “Helping Others Tell Their Stories: Application Materials in/and the Writing Center." National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Hofstra University, NY. October 2017.
  • "Camping in the Disciplines: Assessing the Effect of Writing Camps on Graduate Student Writers." with Gretchen Busl and Kara Donnelly. Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines. Spec. issue of Across the Disciplines 12.3 (2015).
  • “What Are Threshold Concepts and Why Do Writing Centers Need Them?” International Writing Centers Association. Orlando, FL. October 2014.
  • "Why Camp: Theoretical Foundations of Graduate Level Writing Camps." Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, IN. 22 March 2014.
  • "I Am; I Am Not: Re-envisioning 'Problematic' Aspects of Writing Center Identity." International Writing Centers Association. San Diego. 27 October 2012.
  • "Literacies in Tension: Writing Center Tutors Teaching and Learning in Public Schools.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO. 21 March 2012.
  • "The Writerly Question in Non-Directive Writing Center Tutorials.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta, GA. 6 April 2011.
  • "What is Rhetoric Research? A Continuing Conversation." Rhetoric Society of America. Minneapolis, 29 May 2010.

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