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Dr. Denise Troutman is an Associate Professor in the department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures and the department of Linguistics, as well as a faculty-affiliate with the African American and African Studies (AAAS) Program. She is the winner of a 2001-2002 Fulbright Award and a 2003-2004 Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation and a 2009-2010 Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP) Award. From 2004-2007, Dr. Troutman served as Diversity Coordinator for the College of Arts and Letters.

Dr. Troutman teaches writing to first-year students and linguistics and sociolinguistics to undergraduate and graduate students. Currently she is working on interrogations of politeness/impoliteness within the African American speech community, which she has presented in special lectures and at conferences and which is the focus for her current book manuscript.