Professor Cathy Gabor

Cathy Gabor


Department Chair • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6684 Kalmanovitz Hall 206


Professor Gabor identifies first and foremost as a teacher. She finds joy in reading and responding to student writing. She describes her approach as "teaching at the edge of chaos" because most of her assignments ask students to interact with real world audiences through digital, oral, and written rhetoric. Her research projects, mostly classrooms studies, stem from her deep love of teaching and are often inspired by things she has learned from students.

For most of her career, Professor Gabor has occupied professional leadership roles, which allow her to collaborate with experts within and outside the university. In her spare time, she enjoys trail running, Zumba, and creating crossword puzzles. She and her spouse have two children – one graduated from USF in 2021.

Treasurer, USF Faculty Association
Coordinator, Writing Program in Rhetoric
Co-Chair, Core Advisory Committee
Chair, Directed Self-Placement Committee
Steering Committee Member, Center for Teaching Excellence
Steering Committee Member, Educational Technology Services
Texas Christian University, PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, 2004
Indiana University, MA in English, 1992
Bethany College, BA in English, 1989
Writing Program Administrator, San Jose State University
Rhetoric and composition
Writing in electronic environments
Ignatian pedagogy
Digital rhetoric
Eloquentia perfecta
Labor-based grading
Scholarship of administration
Selected Publications

“Reading, Writing, Produsing: Fostering Student Authors in the Public Space.” Digital Reading and Writing in Composition Studies, edited by Mary Lamb and Jennifer M. Parrott. Routledge, 2019. 144-160.

“Magic, Agency and Power: Mapping Embodied Leadership Roles” (co-authored with Tina Kazan). WPA: Writing Program Administration Journal 37.1 (Fall 2013): 134-160.

Awards & Distinctions

Open Educational Resources Grant, USF, 2020

Faculty Award for Technology Innovation, USF, 2017

Digital Media and Composition Faculty Institute, The Ohio State University, 2016

Carnegie Faculty Fellow, California Campus Compact, 2011