Rachel Donegan

Dr. Rachel Donegan

Assistant Professor of English

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Dr. Rachel Donegan earned her Bachelor's degree in English and secondary education from Lipscomb University in 2007. After teaching high school English for a few years, she received her Master's Degree in English from MTSU in 2013. In 2019, she received her Ph.D. from MTSU as well.

Donegan's research is in rhetoric, composition, and writing studies, primarily at the intersections between Writing Program Administration scholarship, pedagogy, disability studies, and accessibility. Her most recent research has involved creating a flexible heuristic that writing program administrators can use to find places in their programs that are inaccessible for students and faculty with mental illnesses. She has received numerous awards for her teaching and research, including winning the CCCC Disability in Composition Travel Award in 2017 and 2019.


  • Doctorate – English – Middle Tennessee State University
  • Master's – English – Middle Tennessee State University
  • Bachelor's – English and secondary education – Lipscomb University

Academic Interests

  • Disability studies
  • Disability rhetorics and culture
  • Writing program administration
  • Best practices in composition
  • Accessibility
  • Mental disability
  • Sports rhetorics

Professional Affiliations

  • College Composition and Communication
  • CCCC Standing Group on Disability Studies    
  • Council of Writing Program Administrators    
  • WPA Midsouth    
  • Society for Disability Studies