Jules Thompson began her role as director of the Center for Academic Excellence in July 2014. Previously, Thompson served as Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) teaching consultant at the University of Minnesota. Thompson also directed the Hamline University Writing Center as well as the WAC and Oral Communication Across the Curriculum programs. Prior to entering the world of WAC and Writing Center administration, Thompson worked as a professor of rhetorical theory and criticism at the University of Pittsburgh and Southwestern University.
Jules holds a bachelor's degree in Speech Communication from St. Cloud State University, as well as a Master's degree and PhD from Indiana University. She authored the book Mommy Queerest: Contemporary Rhetorics of Lesbian Maternal Identity (2002). More recent work has focused on theorizing anti-racist approaches to the study of public address.