Graduate training at two large research institutions taught me about several traditions in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy studies.  In particular, each program blended theoretical and pedagogical approaches embodying many inquiries that have been driving ‘The Rhetorical Tradition’ since the globalization of writing.  Some of these questions include:

What is a ‘public’?  Can virtue be taught?  How can the law be more just?  How should humans respond to communication failure, and what accounts for this failure?  What’s the institutional history of Composition and Rhetoric, as well as Speech Communication?  Who ‘counts’ as part of the Rhetorical Tradition?  What ‘counts’ as Rhetorical Criticism?  Can writing be taught?  How should we teach with technology?  What reforms need to be made to make Writing Studies recognizable as ‘intellectual work?’ What’s the relationship between social movements and institutional writing instruction?  What’s ‘teachable’ about ‘alternative rhetorics/literacies,’ and why should they be featured in graduate studies in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy?  What’s the role of “access” and “diversity” in the field?  How is the field addressing issues of multilingualism and globalization?  Or issues like contigent labor and distance education?  How should outreach be included in the curriculum?  How can the field’s investigations about the nature of meta-cognition contribute to transdisciplinary responses to major epistemological shifts?

This relevant coursework reflects the following intersecting areas of study:

Composition Studies

  • College Teaching ENGL 015 (Dr. C.Glenn/Mr. G. Rogers/Dr. R. Stark)
  • College Teaching ENGL 005 (Dr. J. Olson)
  • Teaching Technical Writing (Dr. D. Mair)
  • Teaching College Composition (Dr. D. Mair)
  • Issues in Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy Studies (Dr. S. Kates)
  • Theory and Teaching Composition  (Dr. K. Gilyard)

Digital Rhetoric/Computers and Composition

  • Rhetoric and Technology (Dr. C. Carter)
  • Teaching English Online (Dr. S. Selber)

History of Rhetoric and Criticism

  • History and Historiographies of Rhetoric (Dr. C.Glenn)
  • Aristotle and Rhetorical Studies (Dr. D. Hawhee)
  • Kenneth Burke (Dr. J. Seltzer and Dr. D. Hawhee)
  • Textual Criticism (Dr. K. Wilson)
  • Literary Criticism (Dr. V. Leitch)

Rhetoric and Social Movements

  • Visual/Activist Rhetoric (Dr. C. Carter)
  • Literacy and Social Movements (Dr. K. Gilyard)
  • Ethnic Rhetorics (Dr. Z.You)
  • Queer Theory (Dr. L. Seidel)
  • Social Philosophy of Anarchism (Dr. T. Alexander)

African-American Rhetoric

  • Black Women’s Autobiography:  A Survey of Texts from the 19th to 21st Centuries (Dr. C. John)
  • Jazz and Blues in American Literature (Dr. T. Murphy)
  • African-American Folklore (Dr. S. Moody-Turner)

Transpersonal Rhetoric

  • The Mystical Vision (Dr. L. Pflueger)
  • Philosophy, Religion, and Yoga (Dr. L. Pflueger)
  • Mythology (Dr. C. Knudson)

Post-Colonial Theory

  • Post-Colonial Theory (Dr. Y. Liatsos)
  • Blackness, Coloniality, and Gender (Dr. C. John)
  • Post-Apartheid South African Literature (Dr. L. Seidel)
  • Gender Studies in Irish Literature (Dr. P. Gately)
  • Topics in Francophone Literature:  Quebec* (Dr. B. McLane-Iles)
  •  Topics in Francophone Literature:  Algeria* (Dr. S. Camara)

Francophone Literary and Cultural Studies*

  • French Literature I and II* (Dr. S. Camara, Dr. B. McLane-Iles)
  • French Composition and Conversation I and II* (Dr. P. Lobert)
  • French Civilization I and II* (Dr. P. Lecaque)
  • French for International Business Communication* (Dr. G. Siewert)
  • Phonology and Advanced Grammar* (Dr. P. Lobert)

19th and 20th Century American Literature

  • Topics in Native American Literature (D. A. Velie)
  • North American Indian Literature (Dr. M. Barter)
  • American Romanticism (Dr. Benevenito)
  • Contemporary American Literature (Dr. R. Mielke)

*These courses counted towards my B.A. in French, and all course activities–including lectures, speaking, and writing–were conducted in French)

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