With a long teaching experience at universities, he holds a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), USA. While at UTEP, he volunteered in the Office of International Programs as an International Representative from Nepal, and in the meantime, he also served a non-profit agency in El Paso community as a translator and grant writer in volunteer service. As a scholar, he presented research papers in several national and international conferences and published many articles in different journals in Nepal and in TESOL Journal, USA. He also served as a reviewer of TESOL Journal, and Journal of International Students. He taught first-year composition and advanced writing courses at UTEP, and first-year writing and literature courses at Texas A & M University, College Station. At University of Houston, he taught first-year writing courses and a course of literature and culture. Recently, he received a PhD in Language and Literacies Education with special focus on Second Language Writing from the University of Toronto. His research interest includes L2 writing, contrastive rhetoric, language policy, multilingualism, multiculturalism, critical discourse analysis, critical language policy, ESL, and L2 academic writing. He joined the University of California, Davis, in Fall 2020.
PhD in Language and Literacies Education, OISE/University of Toronto (2021)
TESOL Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Woodsworth College, University of Toronto (2019)
PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Texas at El Paso (2013)
MPhil in English, Pokhara University, Nepal (2007)
MA in English, Tribhuvan University, Nepal (1994)
Doctoral Completion Award, OISE, University of Toronto (2019-2020)
Doctoral Completion Award, OISE, University of Toronto (2020-2021)
Graduate Fellowship, OISE, University of Toronto (2015-2019)
Summer Fellowship Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas El Paso (Summer 2013)
UTEP Graduate Scholarship Award, University of Texas El Paso (2012)
Miner Hero Award on Philanthropy, University of Texas El Paso (2012)
Outstanding Graduate International Student Award, University of Texas El Paso (2011)
- Pokharel, R. (2021). Remapping the rhetorical situation in networked culture. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.https://www.cambridgescholars.com/product/978-1-5275-7002-3
- Pokharel, R. (2017). New media and technology: How do they change the notions of the rhetorical situation? In B. Gurung and M. Limbu (Eds.). Integration of cloud technologies in digitally networked classrooms and learning communities. (pp. 120-148). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 10.4018/978-1-5225-1650-7.ch008
- Pokharel, R. (2011). Politics and problematics of the definition and categorization of ethnicity in Nepal. Bodhi: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 5, 1-14.
- Pokharel, R. (2011). Reflection on my EFL experiences. TESOL Journal, 2(1), 13-15. DOI: 10.5054/tj.2011.244135
- Pokharel, R. (2011). (Re)writing (rhetorical) history: The process and problems of feminist historiography. Molung Research Journal, 2(1), 5-11.