Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Assistant Teaching Professor of English
Dr. Torres approaches writing as a cultural tool for navigating complex systems. His research explores how writers construct an identity through writing in various contexts. He has published studies investigating the ways students write themselves into a particular discipline as well as how students interpret faculty feedback on their writing. He has also published ethnographic research about the ways oral history narratives sustain spiritual identities in Cuba.
A current focus for Dr. Torres's scholarship and teaching is ecological literacy. In his first-year writing courses, students read and write about the intersections between their disciplines and environmental justice. In so doing, students come to realize our interconnectedness not just across cultures but also across species.
Creatively, Dr. Torres writes fiction, both in print and in interactive formats. His current projects explore eco-horror storytelling and interactive narratives in video games and other digital media.