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I am from Nepal. I am an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Professional & Technical Writing at Virginia Tech University. I received my Doctorate degree (PhD) in Rhetoric and Composition from the Department of English at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.

My dissertation project studied the emergence of transnational assemblages during Nepal Earthquake and Puerto Rico’s Hurricane. My project focusses on merging comparative rhetorics as well as technical/ professional communication by studying disaster-affected communities and comparing their emergent digital composition, communication, and rhetorical practices.  My scholarship is informed via non-western rhetorical traditions and practices that I acquired via my community in Nepal. My teaching is focussed on community engagement where I guide students on navigating transnational spaces via multicultural communication, technology, and service-learning.

I am also one of the founding members and former moderator of #NextGen, the first international graduate student listserv.

I have two Masters Degree in English. Before investing myself fully in this scholarly journey, I worked as an English News Reader and Editor for Nepal’s national Radio – Radio Nepal for eight years and also worked as a journalist for Nepal Bureau of China’s official- Xinhua News Agency for almost three years. Leaving journalism, I invested myself in the world of Professional Writing by taking jobs as “Communications Officer / Associate”  by working with non-profit organizations including the United Nations. Meanwhile, I enjoy writing fiction, poetry and monologues in my personal blog as well as local newspapers back home in Nepal. I also curate them in my personal blog: The Coffee House Revival

Here’s my Cv: Baniya_CV Fall 2020

Email: baniya@vt.edu

“Sweta is committed to her work and spends a lot of time preparing for class. I hope that continues to partner with an organization in Lafayette because I learned a lot about communication and professional ethos through my contact with the organization and the Service Learning Office. There was a lot of writing in this course, and practicing writing definitely helped me to improve. Additionally, our first project that was focused on applying to a job helped me to craft and extremely well-written cover letter and resume that I used for applying to the Fed”
Student, Fall 2018 (Business Communication)

Students Response

“She answered emails very fast and wanted to get to know us more on a personal level rather then just as students. She also made me feel very confident in my writing and now I never second guess my skills when turning something in”

Student, Fall 2016 (First Year Composition)

Student Response