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Department of Writing and Rhetoric
Everyday life in the 21st century involves composing and understanding complex messages in multiple media and in varied contexts. Students in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric receive a comprehensive education that enables them to communicate effectively, persuasively, and ethically across a range of civic, professional, and educational contexts.

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Our advising team provides assistance for all students in Writing and Rhetoric programs. We hold regular open advising hours each term.

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University Writing Center

The UWC offers free individual and small-group consultations for any writing in any situation. Students can meet with tutors online or face-to-face in multiple locations.

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Recent Faculty Publications

Angela R. Rounsaville

Nowacek, Rebecca, Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, and Angela Rounsaville. Writing Knowledge Transfer: Theory, Research, Pedagogy. Reference Guides to Rhetoric and Composition Series. Anderson, South Carolina: Parlor Press, 2024.

Kevin Roozen

Kevin Roozen and Steve Lamos. “Intra-Active Notebooking as Becoming.” In Beyond Productivity: Embodied, Situated, and (Un)Balanced Faculty Writing Processes, edited by Kim Hensley Owens and Derek van Ittersum. Utah State University Press, 2023, pp. 209-226.

Matthew Bryan

Bryan, Matthew D. “Centering Software: Drawing on UX Research to Develop Methods of Collaborative Inquiry into Software Rhetorics within Writing Centers.” SIGDOC ’23: Proceedings of the 41st ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication, edited by Sonia Stephens, Joseph Bartolotta, and Kristin Marie Bivens, SIGDOC, 2023, pp. 36-31.

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Sherry Rankins-Robertson

Aurora Matzke, Louis M. Maraj, Angela Clark-Oates, Anyssa Gonzalez, and Sherry Rankins-Robertson.“Coalition as Commonplace: Centering Feminist Scholarship, Pedagogies, and Leadership Special Issue Practices” Peitho Vol 25, issue 4 (Summer 2023). 

Laurie A. Pinkert

Pinkert, L.A., Beever, J., Kuebler, S., Taylor, L., Vazquez, E., Milanes, V, and Klonoff, E. “Responsibility and Accountability: Faculty Leaders, Ethics Frameworks, and Disciplinary Enculturation.” American Society for Engineering Education 2023. Paper ID #38245.

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