Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, Department Chair

A native of New Orleans, Mary Rist earned a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas, Austin. A faculty member at St. Edward's since 1994, she has served as director of Freshman Studies and Associate Dean of Humanities. She is currently chair of the Literature, Writing, and Rhetoric Department and serves as the Faculty Fellow in Global Learning with the Center for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Rist's areas of research and teaching include principles and practices of grammar, editing, discourse analysis, and second language writing. Recent publications involve writing program administration and, particularly, the development and assessment of undergraduate writing degree programs.

Academic Appointments

Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, 2009- present

Chair, Department of Literature, Writing and Rhetoric, 2013- present

Associate Dean, School of Humanities, 2005-2008

Director of Freshman Studies and the Writing Center, 1999 - 2004

Year Started


Languages Spoken

English, French (with marginal fluency)


  • PhD in Applied Linguistics, University of Texas, Austin, 1995
  • MA in English Literature, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1981
  • BA in English, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1979