Rhetoric and Composition PhD
Rhetoric and Writing Teacher
Digital Rhetoric Scholar
Ball State University
Contemporary Theories of Comp
This graduate course covers past and current theories in the field of Composition, exploring the way those theories shape the work and identity of the field as a whole and the teaching of writing in particular. To begin, students analyze and discuss watershed moments and different paradigms that together form a master narrative for the field. Next, students challenge this master narrative by considering what and who has been elided, how, and why, and to conclude, they consider current and future directions for the field.
Course Evals: spring 2021, fall 2018, spring 2017, and spring 2015
This graduate course examines writing technologies historically and, in the process, focuses specifically on issues of materiality, production, literacy, access, subjectivity, circulation, pedagogy, and disciplinarity. In particular, the course explores (1) the evolution and intersections of writing technologies; (2) the personal, social, participatory, and political implications of not only writing technologies but also contemporary digital literacy practices; and (3) the disciplinary consequences of writing technologies generally and the emergence of the subfield of Digital Rhetoric specifically.
Course Evals: spring 2020 and fall 2016
Feminist Rhetorics & the Digital
This graduate course surveys foundational texts in feminism’s interdisciplinary history and, in so doing, attends to the ways such texts inform and shape feminist rhetorical activity in the field of Rhetoric and Composition. In addition to familiarizing themselves with feminism’s history, students think with and through current technofeminist rhetorical perspectives and practices in order to critically examine and grapple with contemporary issues of digital ethics and gender, including (but not limited to) the #metoo movement, digital toxic masculinity, TERF rhetorics, and reproductive justice advocacy.
Course Eval: summer 2020
Digital Rhetoric: This graduate level independent study on Digital Rhetoric introduces students to the emerging subfield and asks them to consider its genesis through the lens of continuation/rupture. Students also explore the subfield of Digital Rhetoric through the themes of subjectivity, social media, and disinformation.
Alt-Right Rhetorics: This graduate level independent study critically examines the rhetorical strategies used and the texts created by various groups that undergird and comprise the Alt-Right. In so doing, students explore the origins of the Alt-Right and the complex rhetorical relationships the Alt-Right has forged with white supremacist and white nationalist ideologies. In studying Alt-Right rhetoric, students analyze how such rhetoric operates insidiously and multimodally and formulate productive ways to address Alt-Right rhetoric in the writing and rhetoric classroom.
This graduate course is designed to help current and future teachers of Composition understand better and implement effectively informed ways of knowing and doing in the teaching of writing. To that end, students not only explore different theoretical movements in Composition but also use them as a lens to examine, reflect on, and refine their own pedagogical practices.
Course Eval: spring 2018
Teaching with Technology
This graduate course proceeds from the idea that our notions of literacy and our pedagogical practices must account for and reflect changes in our writing technologies. To help students understand better and teach effectively with technologies, both old and new, this courses (1) surveys the development of writing technologies historically and the implications this has culturally, cognitively, subjectively, ideologically, and educationally, and (2) explores ways to teach and to assess multimodal and digital texts.
This undergraduate course focuses on, and works to help students navigate effectively, professional rhetorical situations. To that end, students learn what it means to write for and with others, how to design and create content for complex environments, and how to analyze as well as write in select print and digital genres that constitute the professional sphere. Throughout, students learn how professional genres serve specific purposes, address and fulfill audience expectations, communicate information both alphabetically and visually, and function as social responses to rhetorical situations common to the workplace.
Course Evals: Section -01 and Section -02
This undergraduate course (1) asks students not only to challenge the traditional understanding of literacy as the ability to read and write but also to identify and practice emerging digital literacies; (2) introduces students to a brief history and some select theories of media; and (3) helps students define, recognize, and understand the motivations behind disinformation and fake news. Overall, the course pushes students to explore and grapple with the social, political, economic, educational, and ethical implications of digital literacies.
Course Evals: Section 02 and Section 03 (fa 14) | Section 01 and Section 02 (sp 15) | Section 02 (su 15) | Section 03 (fa 15) | Section 01 (su 16) | Section 03 (fa 16) | Section 02 (sp 17) | Section 01 (fa 18) | Section 01 (sp 19) | Section 02 (sp 19)
Intro to Rhetoric and Writing
This undergraduate course acts as an introduction to the field of Rhetoric and Composition as a whole and the Rhetoric and Writing major in particular. To that end, students examine both parts of the field: Rhetoric and Composition. They (1) explore the relationship between epistemology and rhetoric during Ancient Greece; (2) engage with, think about, and apply 20th Century postmodern theories and texts in the rhetorical tradition; and (3) read about, analyze, and employ threshold concepts in Writing Studies.
This first-year course is designed to help students both understand and conduct research. Students start by learning about social construction theory and then apply it by examining how texts socially construct gendered, racial, and class identities/issues. In exploring the ways identity and social justice relate to and impact composing research, students formulate their own research questions and enact them through various genres of research, including autoethnographies, research proposals, (multimodal) annotated bibliographies, and formal research essays.
Course Eval: spring 2020
Rhetoric and Writing
This first-year course introduces students not only to foundational concepts of rhetoric but also to threshold concepts of writing. In addition, students pay critical attention to technology and the ways it impacts and underpins multimodal composing. Students also use feminism and antiracism as lenses to explore how identity and social justice intersect with rhetoric and writing.
Course Evals: summer 2021 and fall 2020
Florida State University
Writing and Editing in Print and Online
This undergraduate course (1) introduces students to principles of composing and rhetoric; (2) asks students to compose in three different spaces—print, digital, and network; (3) helps students to edit and revise appropriately the texts created in each space; and (4) teaches students about the relationship between old and new technologies and the way these technologies inform the composing and circulation of texts.
This undergraduate course provides students with a foundation in rhetorical history by introducing them to (1) prominent rhetoricians and their key theories and concepts, (2) different epistemologies that underpin the conception and employment of rhetoric at various time periods, and (3) frameworks useful for the production and analysis of texts.
This undergraduate course introduces students to central theories and concepts in rhetoric and composition—such as rhetorical situation, genre, epistemology, audience, remediation, and multimodality—that they draw from and utilize in the composing of their own texts. During the course, students write in different genres, participate in multiple workshops, and come to see good writing as that which responds appropriately to the given rhetorical situation.
First-Year Composition and Research
Building upon the rhetorical foundation established in ENC 1101, this undergraduate course focuses primarily on the practice of research. Students compose research projects in print and repurpose such projects for another medium; during this process, they grapple with questions such as what constitutes good research, why research is important, and how one locates, vets, and cites appropriate sources.