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Faculty & Staff Directory

Timothy Oleksiak

Title: Associate Professor


Department: English

Areas of Expertise

rhetorical theory, queer feminist rhetorics, rhetoric and composition pedagogy 


PhD, University of Minnesota
MA, The University of West Florida
BS, Eastern Michigan University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

  • Oleksiak, Timothy, editor. “Queer Rhetorical Listening: A Cluster Conversation.” Peitho: The Journal of The Coalition for Feminist Scholars for the History of Rhetoric and Composition, vol. 23, no. 1, 2020.
  • Alexander, Jonathan, and Timothy Oleksiak, eds. “Queer Generosity—Approaching Something Like Queer Love in Always Precarious Times.” QED: A Journal of GLBT Worldmaking (slated for the vol. 9, no. 1, 2022)

Current Projects

  • “On Being a Rhetorical Bottom” for the Routledge Handbook of Queer Rhetoric (forthcoming Spring 2022).

Teaching Interests and Courses Taught at UMass Boston

Timothy Oleksiak's primary goal as a teacher is to develop our critical capacities to engage the joys, anxieties, and difficulties surrounding us. His classrooms are social spaces with diverse audiences that have competing and complimentary needs. He believes rhetorical theories and practices provide the resources for helping our classroom communities manage and make sense of the multiple interests that circulate within and beyond the classroom space.


  • ENGL 101: First Year Composition
  • ENGL 203: Writing Craft/Context/Design
  • ENGL 306: Advanced Nonfiction
  • ENGL 309: New Media Authoring
  • ENGL 312: Digital Cultures and Composition
  • ENGL 475: Professional and New Media Writing Internship


  • ENGL 668: Perspectives on Composition – Queer Rhetorics and Composition
  • ENGL 670: Philosophies of Process
  • ENGL 673: Digital Writing

Program Administration

Timothy Oleksiak is the director of the Professional and New Media Writing program at UMass Boston. This minor/concentration helps students supplement their major fields of study with specializations in professional writing and new media production.

Professional Affiliations

  • Elected to a 3-year term on the Executive Council of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. (December, 2021—2023)