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DeBella, Diane Zazzali Lecturer


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research overview

  • Diane DeBella's primary area of research is feminist rhetoric, including women writers, women's issues, feminism, and women's history. She is also interested in examining how new media is influencing society's perceptions of gender. Diane's second area of research is the field of Digital and Information Literacy. What does it mean to be digitally literate in our society today? Are we doing enough as a university to prepare students to be competent academic scholars in today's highly technological environment? Diane has spent significant time researching the latest trends in this field.


  • Women writers, women's history, feminism, social construction of gender roles, rhetoric of gender, sexuality and new media, digital literacy, writing on science and society (ethics), writing on business and society (ethics)


courses taught

  • WGST 2000 - Introduction to Feminist Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Introduces students to the field of Women and Gender Studies. Examines gender issues in the United States from interdisciplinary, multicultural and feminist perspectives. Covers such topics as sexuality, beauty ideals, women's health, violence against women, work, the economy, peace and war and the environment.
  • WRTG 3020 - Topics in Writing
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Through sustained inquiry into a selected topic or issue, students will practice advanced forms of academic writing. Emphasizes analysis, criticism and argument. Taught as a writing workshop, places a premium on substantive, thoughtful revision. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: WRTG 1150 or equivalent (completion of lower-division writing requirement).
  • WRTG 3030 - Writing on Science and Society
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Through selected reading and writing assignments, students consider ethical and social ramifications of science policy and practice. Focuses on critical thinking, analytical writing, and oral presentation. Taught as a writing workshop, the course addresses communication with professional and non-technical audiences. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.


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