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Monique Kampherm

Sessional Lecturer
Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy

Monique Kampherm has a Ph.D. in English-Rhetoric, three Master’s degrees in English-Rhetoric, Multimedia Journalism, and Political Science, and a Bachelor’s degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies. Her diverse academic background uniquely equips her to support students across various fields of study

At the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), Monique teaches undergraduate courses in academic writing and rhetoric, and provides one-on-one guidance to students at the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre (RGASC). Monique holds a Certificate in University Teaching, and her teaching contributions have earned her awards for Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Professionalism from the University of Waterloo.

Monique is a 2023 Governor General’s Gold Medal Finalist, the most prestigious award for doctoral graduates in Canadian universities, recognized for her outstanding dissertation and academic achievements. Additionally, she is the recipient of the 2023 CASDW/ACR Pavelich Prize for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Rhetoric, Writing, and Discourse Studies.

Monique’s scholarly research centres on political communication, social media, and democracy. Her doctoral dissertation, titled “Masks and Caricatures: Prosopopoeia, Ethopoeia, and the Effect of Social Media on Canadian Political Leaders’ Debates,” examines the recent influence of social media on televised political leaders’ debates from an ethos perspective. Her publication, “Democratic Prosopopoeia: The Rhetorical Influence of the I-Will-Vote Image Filter on Social Media Profile Pictures During the 2015 Canadian Federal Election,” investigates the rhetorical effect of social media image filters.

Monique’s scholarly expertise, genuine passion for teaching writing, and dedication to helping others are evident in her approach to supporting student writing and fostering student success.

Ph.D. (English-Rhetoric, University of Waterloo)
M.A. (English-Rhetoric and Communication Design, University of Waterloo)
M.A. (Multimedia Journalism, Bournemouth University, England, U.K.)
M.A. (Political Science, Western University)


Current Courses
ISP100: Writing for University and Beyond; RGASC Writing Instructor