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Department ofEnglish

Mathew Gomes

Mathew Gomes
Mathew Gomes

Assistant Professor and Director of Professional Writing

Matt Gomes teaches courses in writing and rhetorical studies, and has research specialities that include writing assessment, writing pedagogy, and audio composing. He is interested in relationships between the teaching of writing and social justice, and how student-engaged modes of assessment can contribute to more just cultures of education. His research has been recently published in Writing Assessment, Social Justice, and the Advancement of Opportunity, and is forthcoming in Community Action for Social Justice: A Digital Archive. He has also recently produced podcasts for the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication. Currently he is working on a monograph based upon a mixed methods study of students’ perceptions of the helpfulness of their first-year writing courses entitled The Pursuit of Helpfulness: Building an organic, student-centered measure of success.


  • PhD, Michigan State University, 2016
  • Master of Arts, English Composition Theory, 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts, Music Composition and English, Fresno State University, 2008
  • Critical Thinking and Writing
  • Teaching Writing
  • New Media in Theory and Practice
  • Topics in Writing and Rhetoric: Writing Studies and Educational Justice

Scholarly Publications

  • Gomes and Ma, “Building a local theory of helpfulness for a first-year writing program”
  • Gomes and Ma, “Student expectation auditing and mapping: A method for eliciting student input in writing program assessment.” WPA: Writing Program Administration (forthcoming)
  • Terms of participation: Using collaborative assessment to achieve more just writing classrooms.” In V. Del Hierro, I. Baca, and L. Gonzales. Community Action for Social Justice: A Digital Archive. Parlor Press (forthcoming)
  • “Writing assessment and responsibility for colonialism.” in Writing Assessment, Social Justice, and the Advancement of Opportunity, Ed. M. Poe, A. Inoue, and N. Elliot. Fort Collins, CO: University of Colorado Press, 2018.

Digital Publications