Tonya Wertz-Orbaugh

Tonya Wertz-Orbaugh
Lecturer | First-Year Writing
Cameron 132


  • B.A. Queens University ( Charlotte , NC ), 1982
  • M.A. University of North Carolina at Charlotte , 1994
  • Completed Doctoral studies, University of South Carolina , 2004

Areas of Interest

  • Genre Studies
  • Multimodal Composing
  • Holocaust Writing

Selected Publications and Presentations

“This is All Well and Good, BUT . . .?” [Monolingual Teachers in Multilingual Writing Classrooms].  Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, IN. March, 2014.

“Social Constructs of “Good” Writing: The “Hows” and “Whys” of Genre Theory.” With Kendra Andrews. NCETA. Wilmington, NC. October 2013.

“Meeting in the Middle.” Carolinas WPA, Charlotte, NC.  February, 2012.

“Professional Development in the First-Year Writing Program.” SAMLA. Atlanta, GA. November, 2011.

Wertz-Orbaugh, Tonya L. “Catharine Amy Dawson Scott.” Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century British Women Poets. Ed. William B. Thesing. Dictionary of Literary Biography: Volume 240. Detroit and San Francisco : The Gale Group, 2001. 246-51.

Courses Taught

  • UWRT 1101 Writing and Inquiry in Academic Contexts I
  • UWRT 1102 Writing and Inquiry in Academic Contexts II
  • UWRT 1103 Writing and Inquiry in Academic Contexts I & II

Professional Appointments & University Service

  • UNC Charlotte since 2008
  • Faculty Advisor: Chi Omega Fraternity, 2008 to present
  • LBST Pilot Administration, Spring 2009 to Spring 2010
  • Co-Coordinator of First-Year Writing, Spring 2010-Spring 2013


  • UNC Charlotte Greek Week Faculty Award, April 2008
  • Irene D. Elliott Teaching Award, Department of English. University of South Carolina , 2002
  • Outstanding Faculty Member. Towers Residence Halls. University of South Carolina , 2002

Professional Affiliations

  • Holocaust Educators Network Fellowship
  • National Writing Project
First-Year Writing