Cinda is a full-time lecturer in the Rhetoric Department and director of the UI Speaking Center. She earned her PhD in English from The University of Iowa in 2001. Her scholarly interests include composition, speech, hypertext fiction and theory, disjunctive poetry and prose, writing and speaking center pedagogy, censorship, and academic freedom.
Since joining the Rhetoric faculty in 2001, Cinda has taught many Rhetoric courses, led the Department's teaching practicum (PDP), tutored and directed the Writing and Speaking Centers, acted as a commenting mentor for the Undergraduate Fellows program, and served as a teaching advisor to TAs in the Department. Cinda also teaches Guided Independent Study Rhetoric courses for the UI Division of Continuing Education, teaches Rhetoric to students from China, Hong Kong, India, and Mexico in the Belin-Blank Summer BESTS program, and edits for IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering.
Her publications include: Panopticism, or Just Paying Attention? (2008), When Diversities Clash: Tutoring Students through Initially Inaccessible Texts (Purdue Writing Center, 2007), Invitations and Voices: Fostering Creative Expression (2008, Hampton Press), Professing Rhetoric: Proceedings of the 2000 Rhetoric Society of America Conference, co-editor (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2002), and "Separation vs. Solidarity: Building and Sustaining a Graduate Employee Union" (MMLA Journal, 2001).