Dr. Lydia Loskot holds a Master of Arts Degree in English from Valdosta State University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Professional Communication with a Minor in Women’s Studies from New Mexico State University. While pursuing doctoral studies, Dr. Loskot received the LASPAU/OAS Scholarship, the Willoughby Nason Scholarship from the Center for Latin American Studies (NMSU), and the Scholars for the Dream Award from the Conference of College Composition and Communication. Her dissertation is entitled Literary Practices and Strategies of Communication of the Mopan Maya of Belize: A Rhetorical Analysis. She was recognized by the Ministry of Education and Youth as the 2011 Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Tertiary Level. In her article The Statement of Purpose: A Social Epistemic Alternative for Writing Pedagogy at Galen University, Belize, Dr. Loskot describes the approach she uses to teach writing-intensive courses such as Basic Writing, English for Academic Purposes, and Advanced Composition.