Dr. Yasmin Rioux

Dr. Yasmin Rioux

Assistant Professor of Communication; Student Resource Center Coordinator; Academic Advising Coordinator

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I was born in Augsburg, Germany, and lived in Bavaria for the first 18 years of my life before moving to the US (Iowa) for college.

During these college years, I also lived in Maastricht, the Netherlands, where I studied WW2 poetry, children's literature, and intercultural communication. Upon my return to the US, I moved to Monterey, Calif., to study TESOL for a year. When I returned in Iowa, I gained my MA in Communication, and eventually my PhD in English - Composition and TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I now live in Dubuque with family.

Whenever I find some time, I enjoy paddle boarding on the Mississippi, running, playing tennis, hiking, traveling, and exploring the natural surroundings that comprise the local areas and various other regions.


Ph.D. English - Composition and TESOL – Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Masters of Arts, Organizational Communication and Leadership (MAC) – University of Dubuque

Bachelor of Arts, English; Communication – University of Dubuque

Additional Graduate Work:

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (13 credits)

MA English and Creative Writing – Southern New Hampshire University (15 credits) 

Courses taught at DWC

Academic Writing
Environmental Writing
Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication

Research Interests

Ecocomposition; Multimodal and multigenre writing; Environmental and Nature Writing; Multilingual writers/speakers; Multilingualism and Writing Centers/Tutors; Interdisciplinary Approaches to Intercultural Communication


Rioux, Y. (2019). “Writing makes it easier to relate to the environment” – The Valuable Role of the Composition Classroom in our Threatened Environment. Journal of Sustainability Education, 20.

Rioux, Y. (2019). Write on, Mama! The unique position of undergraduate mothers in the composition classroom. Working Papers in Composition & TESOL, Spring.

Rioux, Y. (2017). Native American Rhetoric and Ecocomposition: Exploring Sustainable Ideologies. Working Papers in Composition & TESOL, Spring.

Rioux, Y. (2016). Zweisprachig. Zweiköpfig. Writing on Edge, 27 (1), 55-67.

Rioux, Y. (2016). A Love Note to Iowa: Multigenre Writing in the Place-Based Ecocomposition Classroom. Writing on Edge, 26 (2), 34-51.

Rioux, Y. (2016) Combining Places – Teaching Ecocomposition in the Multilingual Classroom. Wisconsin Journal of English, 58 (1), 12-19.

Rioux, Y. (2016). What’s All the Yakkin’ About? Using Critical Discourse Analysis to understand the implications of Yik Yak.

Working Papers in Composition & TESOL, Spring.


March, 2020 - Conference on College Composition and Communication, Milwaukee, WI

 “Building commonplaces through interdisciplinary practice: Creating an inclusive and shared place through narrative writing in a distinctively diverse Intercultural Communication class”

March, 2019 - Conference on College Composition and Communication, Pittsburgh, PA

 “Performing self across countries and disciplines: Using performance-composition as voice-giving act to enable international students to combine identities and concepts of belonging in a uniquely diverse Intercultural Communication class”

July 2018 - New Directions in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

 “Building Bridges between the Humanities and Sciences: Assessing Students Writing and Understanding the Placement and Reevaluation of Students Self-ascribed Roles”                                              

March 2018 - College English Association, St. Petersburg, FL

ACCEPTED: “Building bridges between selves and disciplines: Using narrative writing as a way to help students connect their various roles and concepts of belonging in a uniquely diverse Intercultural Communication class 

March 2018 - Conference on College Composition and Communication, Kansas City, MO

“Laboring towards an accessible language and holistic experience: breaking down generic boundaries and exploring multigenre writing in a place-based Ecocomposition classroom”

March 2018 - Midwest Writing Center Association, Omaha, NE

ACCEPTED  “Using Needs Assessments to Examine Realistic Multimodal Literacy Demands Beyond the Classroom – A Critical Examination of Multimodal and Multigenre Writing in an International Context”

March 2017 - College English Association Conference, Hilton Head, SC

ACCEPTED “Insular Occurrences of Hope: Exploring local, non-canonical environmental texts to explore cultural and environmental diversity and expose writing students to alternative ways of viewing the human role in nature while reevaluating sustainability measures in rural Wisconsin”

March 2017 - Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Portland, OR

 “Cultivating Change: Assessing students’ writing and understanding the placement and reevaluation of students’ self-ascribed roles within existing natural environments following and Environmental Literature and Writing classs

April 2016 - Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Houston, TX

 “Corpus in Action: Creating Student-Centered and Context-Specific Corpora to Increase Awareness of Students’ Literacy Practices for Course Design and Classroom Mutuality”

October 2015 - Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English (WCTE), Milwaukee, WI

 “Multigenre Writing in the Place-Based Ecocomposition Classroom”

March 2015 - Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Tampa, FL

Presentation of research results: “Primarily Curious: Using Archival and Primary Sources to Stimulate Intellectual Curiosity among First-Year Composition Students”

Professional Affiliations



German, English

Intercultural Experience

Having moved to the US was an intercultural experience for me, as I had lived in Germany for the first eighteen years of my life! Also, having lived in the Netherlands gave me an interesting insight into life in a diverse setting and encouraged me to study Dutch. I've also traveled extensively. Some of my favorite spots have been France, Italy, Ireland, England, France, Turkey, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. I'm also fond of various places here in the US. The Southwest, West Coast, and New England are some of my favorite regions. I am also very blessed to be surrounded by individuals from all over the world here at DWC. Teaching in such a diverse setting and interacting with faculty and students has been one of the most enriching, exciting, and fulfilling intercultural experiences yet!

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