Dr. Maria Conti Maravillas

Assistant Professor
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Dr. Maria Conti Maravillas

Assistant Professor

English & World Languages

DeBartolo Hall 241



I am a Composition Program Coordinator at YSU. My research focuses on the transition to college, particularly through student engagement in composition courses and success programs. I have ten years of experience teaching composition and four years of administrative leadership experience in writing programs and writing centers.

Research Interests

composition theory and pedagogy, writing program administration, writing centers,
diverse student populations, multicultural pedagogies, basic writing, second language writing, rhetorical theory, public rhetorics, community literacies, prison writing/activism, assessment, student success programs, grant writing

Teaching Interests

Courses taught

First-Year Writing
Writing 1
Writing 2
Honors Composition
Developmental Writing with Studio
Foundations Writing for International Students
Introduction to Composition at the Arizona State Prison

Upper-Level Undergraduate Courses
Advanced Writing/Nonfiction Narrative
Collaborative Learning and Tutoring Writing
Grant Writing
Technical Writing

Graduate Courses
Teaching of Writing

  • Education
    • 2019

      Ph D, Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English

      The University of Arizona

    • 2014

      MA, Literature and Writing

      Kent State University

    • 2012

      BA, English

      Walsh University

  • Awards and Honors
    • 2022

      Youngstown State University

      University Research Professorship

  • Past History
    • 2021

      Youngstown State University

      Assistant Professor, English Composition

  • Administrative Assignments
    • 2023 - present


  • Intellectual Contributions
    • 2023

      "Building Bridges and Changing the Story: Recognizing Funds of Knowledge in Summer Bridge Programs"

      Composition Studies

    • 2021

      "Writing Center Pro Tips"

      W. W. Norton & Company, p. USM 11-13

    • 2021

      "Approaching Instructor Feedback"

      W. W. Norton & Company, p. USM 8-9

    • 2017

      "Cultivating Change from the Ground Up: Developing a Grassroots Programmatic Assessment"

      Composition Forum, volume 37

    • 2016

      "Review of David Coogan’s Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail"

      Community Literacy Journal, volume 10, issue 2, p. 71-74

  • Professional Service
    • 2022 - present

      Two Letters of Recommendation for Colleagues

    • 2021 - 2021

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Composition Forum: A Journal of Pedagogical Theory in Rhetoric and Composition