Marshall W. Kitchens

Marshall W. Kitchens

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 379 O'Dowd Hall
Phone: 248-370-4130
Fax: 248-370-2748
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Marshall Kitchens, associate professor, is chair of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. He received his B.A. in English from Northeast Louisiana University and M.A. from the University of Connecticut in 1992. He earned a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Wayne State University in 2001, where he was also co-director of computers and composition. His dissertation, "Literacy, Technology, and Justice in Posturban Detroit," examines the intersections among technologies of literacy and social justice in the urban setting. He has previously been director of writing at the University of Detroit Mercy and writing center director at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut and at the University of Detroit Mercy. His research interests include technology and pedagogy, new media, digital rhetoric, and video game culture. He has published on technology, literacy, and culture in Computers and Composition and Kairos.


Ph.D. English (Rhetoric and Composition), Wayne State University
M.A. English, University of Connecticut
B.A. English, Northeast Louisiana University

Teaching Philosophy

I believe in tempering media rich student-centered learning with compassion, focusing on student growth and development and critical engagement with the world around us.

I believe that rhetoric, literacy, and technology are inextricably intertwined and that new media offers the potential of democratic engagement with a public audience, though it also can be used to distract and disinform. One of the teaching and learning goals for writing and rhetoric should be helping students to become even more adept at using new media as tools of civic literacy.

At Oakland University

Marshall Kitchens teaches Directed Study in Rhetoric and Disney Studies, Directed Study in Global Medical Rhetoric, Reflective Writing in Anatomy, Video Game Studies, Ethnography and Detroit, Technology and New Media in Higher Ed

Marshall Kitchens has been teaching at OU since 2000.