Nicole Guinot Varty

Nicole Guinot Varty

Associate Professor of Teaching
Co-director, Composition Learning Community; Chair, Composition Mentoring Committee

9205.4, 5057 Woodward




Nicole Guinot Varty

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Rhetoric and Composition


An ecological model of writing, composition pedagogy and curriculum development, knowledge transfer, learning communities, assessment, rhetoric of religion


PhD, Rhetoric and Composition [Wayne State University, 2016]

Awards and grants

  •  2022 Academy of Teachers membership

  • 2021 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • 2021 OVPR Arts and Humanities Grant: Anti-Racist Language Practices

  • 2020 Humanities Center Working Group Grant: Linguistic Justice

  • 2019 Assessment Program Grant: Composition Learning Community

  • 2015 American Graduate Champion, Detroit Public Television

  • 2013 Humanities Center Working Group Grant: Composition Learning Communities

  • 2012 APEX Instructional Excellence Award, Wayne State University APEX Program

Selected publications

“The (Missing) Human Part: Listening for Students’ Perceptions of the Value of Peer Mentors.” Learning Communities Research and Practice. 9.1 (2021). Co-authored with Adrienne Jankens, Haley Shier and Michelle Borkosh.

“A Question of Support: Assessing a Composition Learning Community for Student Learning and Academic Success.” Intersection: A Journal at the Intersection of Assessment and Learning. 2.4 (2021).

“Correlating What We Know: A Mixed Methods Study of Reflection and Writing in First-Year Writing Assessment.” Composition Forum. 47 (Fall 2021). Co-authored with Jeff Pruchnic, Ellen Barton, Sarah Primeau, Thomas Trimble and Tanina Foster Moore.

“The Effects of Student-Fashioning and Teacher-Pleasing in the Assessment of First-Year Writing Reflective Essays.” Journal of Writing Assessment. 14.1 (2021). Co-authored with Jeff Pruchnic, Ellen Barton, Thomas Trimble, Sarah Pimeau, Hillary Weiss and Tanina Foster Moore.

Courses taught by Nicole Guinot Varty

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Spring-Summer Term 2022

Winter Term 2022