Dr. Nora Rivera

Dr. Nora Rivera

Assistant Professor
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of English
Office Location: Smith Hall 08J
University of Phoenix, Master of Business Admin.
New Mexico State University, Master of Arts
The University of Texas At El Paso, Ph.D.


Dr. Nora K. Rivera is an Assistant Professor in the department of English, where she teaches rhetoric and composition courses. She graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition. At this institution, she received the Rhetoric and Composition Outstanding Research student award in 2019 and the 2020-2021 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the College of Liberal Arts. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and a Master of Arts in Spanish Literature and Linguistics. Her dissertation, The Rhetorical Mediator: Understanding Agency in Indigenous Translation and Interpretation through Indigenous Approaches to UX, received the 2022 Outstanding Dissertation award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and the 2022 Honorable Mention award from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

Dr. Rivera's research centers on Latinx and Indigenous rhetorics, borderland rhetorics, and technical and professional communication. Her multidisciplinary work has been published in College Composition and Communication journal, the flagship journal in rhetoric and composition studies; the Chicana/Latina Studies Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio (MALCS); Programmatic Perspectives, the journal of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC); Technical Communication, the journal of the Society for Technical Communication and flagship journal in technical communication; the Journal of Teaching Writing; and intermezzo, the online series of enculturation. Her forthcoming monograph, The Rhetorical Mediator, will be published by the Utah State University Press.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Castellanos García, A., Gonzales, L., Kleinert, C. V., López Sarabia, T., Matías Juan, E., Morales-Good, M., & Rivera, N. K. (2022). Indigenous Language Interpreters and Translators: Toward the Full Enactment of all Language Rights. intermezzo-enculturation. http://intermezzo.enculturation.net/16-gonzales-et-al.htm
Rivera, N. (2022). Understanding agency through testimonios: An Indigenous approach to UX research. Technical Communication, 69(4). https://www.stc.org/techcomm/2022/10/28/understanding-agency-through-testimonios-an-indigenous-approach-to-ux-research/
Rivera, N. (2021). Cultural biases in transitional writing courses and their effect on Hispanic students in Texas. In Bhusal, Ashok (Ed.), Teaching Practices and Language Ideologies for Multilingual Classrooms (pp. 39-66). IGI Global.
Rivera, N. & Gonzales, L. (2021). Community engagement in TPC programs during times of crises: Embracing Chicana and Latina feminist practices. Programmatic Perspectives, 12(2), 39-65.