Nicole Gonzales Howell received her MA from California State University, Fresno and earned her PhD from Syracuse University in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric. In 2014 Nicole was selected as one of the Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellows at the University of San Francisco (now the Gerardo Marin Dissertation Fellows). Currently Nicole is a full time assistant professor in the Rhetoric and Language department and teaches several Written Communication and Public Speaking courses. Additionally, as the Mellon Scholar Coordinator, Nicole works with Mellon Scholars from Foothill and De Anza Community Colleges to support their transfer to USF. Much of Nicole's research has focused on the importance of considering social location (race, gender, class, ability, and sexuality) of both students and teachers and how it relates to many aspects of writing instruction, teacher affect, program administration, and in particular writing assessment.

Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellow, USF
Writing Center Consultant and Graduate Editor, Syracuse University
PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, Syracuse University
MA English with a certificate in Composition, California State University, Fresno
BA in Language and Literature, University of Southern California