R. Elle Smith (She/her)


PhD student (2nd year); Graduate Instructor

R. Elle Smith (She/her)

Contact Information

Email: rebecca.smith@usu.edu

Educational Background

M.A., English - Utah State University - (2022)


Mental health rhetoric; faculty development; translingualism; diversity, equity, and inclusion


Elle’s master’s thesis was an action research project applying translingualism to a predominantly white composition classroom. Her thesis focused on making translingualism accessible to new teachers of composition. Elle studies the intersection between technical communication and mental health. She is curious about how technical communicators can consider both efficiency and invisible disabilities like mental illness when writing emails and feedback.

Select Publications/Presentations

Smith, R. Elle. (2022, August 23). Defining Translingualism and Translating Linguistic Justice Concepts [Conference Presentation]. Teaching to Transgress in Our Composition Community: A Tribute to bell hooks, Logan, UT, United States.