Dr. Gitte Frandsen

Gitte Frandsen
Dr. Gitte FrandsenMarquette University

Marquette Hall, 243

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-0688

Teaching Assistant Professor


As a teacher-scholar I focus on writing pedagogies and programs that sustain the multiliteracies, language practices, and diverse knowledges of minoritized undergraduate and graduate students. My recent research focused on the rhetorical, linguistic, and knowledge-making practices of transnational students in American college classrooms.

I have taught at the college level since 2007, teaching courses in first-year composition, freshman literature, rhetoric & culture, English Language, English for Academic Purposes, and Intensive English for International Students. A core belief of mine is that all students bring to the classroom their own valuable knowledge, languages, and ways of understanding the world which are shaped by their lived experience and membership in various communities. My goal is to validate the practices students bring and help them build on their existing resources in a trusting and caring classroom environment.


  • BA and MA – English, TESOL, and Comparative Religion, University of Copenhagen

  • PhD – English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Courses Taught

  • Intensive English for Multilingual Students

  • English for Academic Purposes

  • Introduction to the Humanities

  • Introduction to Western Civilization

  • Foundations in Rhetoric

  • Grammar and Usage: A Critical Perspective

  • Linguistic Justice

  • Language Acquisition for Children of Diverse Backgrounds

Research Interests

My research areas include composition theory and pedagogy; linguistic justice; cultural rhetorics; and “trans”-theories (translingual, transcultural, transrhetorical, transnational, translation).


  • Novotny, Maria, Claire Edwards, Gitte Frandsen, Danielle Koepke, Joni Marcum, Chloe Smith, and Madison William.  “Constellating Community Engagement in a Cultural Rhetorics Seminar”. Composition Studies, v49 n1 p103-118, 2021.

  • Frandsen, Gitte, Chloe Smith, Madison Williams, and Rachel-Bloom-Pojar. “The Myth of the Traditional Graduate Student – A Case Study of Enculturation and Resistance”. College Composition and Communication. Forthcoming.

  • Koepke, Danielle and Gitte Frandsen: “A Feminist Lens of Care for GTA Parents: Creating Toolkits for Collective Survival". PHDing while Parenting, (eds. Jenna Morton-Aiken and Jackie Hoermann-Elliott). Forthcoming.

  • Frandsen, Gitte, Danielle Koepke, and Maria Novotny: “Perspectives on Graduate Education in Rhetoric and Composition”. Radical Transparency (eds. Justin Cook and Skye Robertson). Forthcoming.

Additional Information

Office Hours

Spring 2024

  • MWF 12:00-1:00

Teaching Schedule

Spring 2024

  • 1001/101 MWF 9:00-9:00 Lalumiere Hall 262
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 1001/102 MWF 10:00-10:50 Lalumiere Hall 262
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 1001/103 MWF 11:00-11:50 Lalumiere Hall 262
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 3140/101 MWF 1:00-1:50 Marquette Hall 105
    • Sociolinguistics

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