Dr. Elena Garcia

Faculty Member

Dr. Elena Garcia


I arrived in Utah and at UVU in fall 2013. I am a transplant from Michigan, where I earned my BA and MA in English Education from Western Michigan University and my Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Since I was an undergrad, I have focused on the teaching of writing; here at UVU I run Writing Pedagogy Workshops (organized through OTL), which is part of my work as Faculty Director of the Writing Center. Additionally, I teach ENGH 0890 and ENGH 1005. My research focuses on the teaching of writing, writing center studies, and workplace writing with a focus on writing in factories.


Ph D, Michigan State University, 2013

Major: Rhetoric and Writing

MA, Western Michigan University, 2008

Major: Master of Arts in Teaching English

BA, Western Michigan University, 2005

Major: English for Secondary Education


ENGH 1005

Literacies and Composition Across Contexts CC, Spring 2021


Garcia, Elena G (Presenter & Author), Feminism and Rhetorics Conference, "My Hair Helps Me Fight the Patriarchy in Utah", Utah Valley University, James Madison University. (November 14, 2019)
Garcia, Elena G, Hixson-Bowles, Kelsey (Presenter & Author), International Writing Centers Association Conference, "Teaching Artistry_ Considering Ways to Design Staff Education that Encourages Adaptability and Confidence", Utah Valley University, The Ohio State University. (October 17, 2019)
Johnson, Erika , Garcia, Elena , Computers and Writing (C & W) , "Ethical Challenges of Digital Technology and Religion.". (June, 2019)
Garcia, Elena G, International Writing Centers Association Conference, "Self-Care as Embodied Social Justice in the Writing Center", Utah Valley University, Atlanta, Georgia. (October 12, 2018)
Garcia, Elena G, International Writing Centers Association, "Decoding Writing Practices by Creating Writing Process Maps", Utah Valley University, Chicago, IL. (November, 2017)
Garcia, Elena G, Southwest Association for Developmental Education, "Tutors Examine Their Own Processes, Practices, and Strategies", Utah Valley University, Orem, UT. (October, 2017)

Scholarly/Creative Works

Garcia, Elena , Johnson, Erika , "Ethical Challenges of Digital Technology in Higher Education and the Utah Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" . Edmonton, Alberta: Athabasca University Press.
Brooks-Gillies, Marilee , Garcia, Elena , Kim, Soo Hyon , Manthey, Katie , Smith, Trixie , (2020) "Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines_ Identifying, Teaching, and Supporting" .
Brooks-Gillies, Marilee , Garcia, Elena , Manthey, Katie , (2020) "Making Do by Making Space_ Graduate Writing Groups as Spaces Alongside Programmatic and Institutional Places" .
Garcia, Elena , Goodwin, Ben , (2018) "Strangers in a Strange Land" .
Garcia, Elena , (2016) "Failure IS an Option_ Encouraging Risk" .
Garcia, Elena , Gerber, Lindsey , Johnson, Benjamin , (2016) "The Role Reflection Plays in Students’ Development of Deep and Engaged Learning Practices" .