Teaching Philosophy


courses taught


Undergraduate: Basic Writing; First-Year Composition (including stretch sections); Writing in the Public Sphere; Advanced Composition; Theories of Writing; Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature; Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Culture; Victorian Literature; Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies; Distance-Learning Introduction to LGBT Studies; Queer Theory. Independent Studies in Literary Production; Editing and Producing Literary Journals.


Graduate: Computers and Composition; Cyborg Rhetorics; Gender, Sexuality, and Rhetoric; History of Western Rhetoric; Literary Production; Literary Theory; Professional Writing; Research Methodology; Restoration Drama; Rhetoric and Composition Theory; Teaching Writing Online; Tutoring Writing/Writing Center Practice; Visual Rhetoric; Writing Program Administration. Independent Studies in Basic Writing Pedagogy; Service Learning in Composition; Research Design in Composition; Internet Research Methods; Professional Editing; Feminism and Composition Studies; The New Rhetoric—Foucault; Rhetorical Analysis—Burke.


Supervised graduate internships in basic writing, first-year composition, and advanced composition as part of regular graduate program curriculum; supervised internships in online publication editing/design as part of MeatJournal.com.


m.a. committees (first reader)


“Apocalyptic Rhetoric as Motive for Identification Among Jehovah’s Witnesses: A Burkean Analysis,” Katie Kacarab (2010).


“Ballads as ‘Poetic’ Rhetoric in the Twentieth Century,” N. Jeanne Peterson (2009).


“A Burkean Analysis of Labor and Value in a Networked Age,” Aldo Lewis (2011).


"'Coming Out of the Closet as Posthuman: Charlaine Harris' Vampires," Rebecca Garcia (2016).


“Composition, Computers, and Culture: Modernist Thoughts at the Intersection” Richard Colby (2002).


“Composition, Literature, Style: A Common Ground,” Daniel Arredondo (2005).


“ Connecting the Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas with the Work of Kenneth Burke to Counter the Ethics of Expediency,” Gerry Morrow (2012).


“Composition Theory, Business Writing, and the Role of Heuristics,” Katharine Peake (2007).


“The Construction of ‘Technology’ in Composition Studies,” Irina Fealy (2005).


“Cyborg Genesis,” Andrew Castillo (2014).


“Cyborg Rhetoric and the Revelation of Self: Identity, Writing, and the Instantiation of the Cyborg in Digital Texts,” Thomas Cho (2011).


“David Cronenberg and Posthuman Theories of the Self,” John Perham (2016).


“Decay of the Author: Zombie Pop Culture, Identity, and Academics,” Jasmine Lee (2011).


“Everquest, Reality, and Postmodern Theories of Community,” Brian Bailie (2007). Honorable mention, departmental “Outstanding Thesis” award.


“Frank Zappa and Mikhail Bakhtin: Rabelais’s Carnival Made Contemporary,” Sarah Antinora (2008).


“The Habermas-Foucault Debate and its Implications for Rhetoric and Composition,” Fiona Harris-Ramsby (2007). Winner of departmental “Outstanding Thesis” award.


“The Internet, Anonymous, and our Public Identities Recreating Democracy,” Leslie Hutchinson (2013). Winner of departmental “Outstanding Thesis” award.


“Keitai Shosetsu: Remediation, Hypermediacy and the Hyperreal,” Cari Tulleys (2012).


“Literacy Education in Indonesia,” Isnarti (2010).


“Missing Messages: A Psychoanalytic Look at the Dearth of Lesbian Plays in the Dramatic Canon,” Gina Hanson (2010).


La Nueva Voz del Barrio Chicano: Chicana/o Literature, Composition Theory, ‘Basic’ Writers, and Street Textuality,” Charles Murillo (2005).


The Old Man and the Sea: Hemingway, Heteroglossia, and the Hero’s Voice,” Carole Spitler (2002).


“Plato’s Republic, Writing, and Reality,” Jim Starr (2007).


“The Plenary Address: Tenacious Orality in a World of Print,” William Amrine (2007).


“‘Purple People’: ‘Sexed’ Linguistics, Pleasure, and the ‘Feminine’ Body in the Lyrics of Tori Amos,” Megim Parks (2014). Honorable mention, departmental “Outstanding Thesis” award.


"Rhetorical Construction of Masculinity among Wounded Warriors," JP Whatford (2015). Honorable mention, departmental “Outstanding Thesis” award.


“The Rhetoric of Religion and the Vedas: Language and Enlightenment,” Alice Griffin (2004).


“The Rhetoric of State Assessment: Educational Politics in the Public School System,” Renee Longshore (2004).


“Is There a Male Victim?: Discursive Subjection in Representations of Female-on-Male Childhood Sexual Abuse,” James Ducat (2008). Winner of departmental “Outstanding Thesis” award.


Tia Chela from Oaxaca Meets the Teacher: Writing from the Space In-Between” Linda Preciado (2004).


“Transmission Overhaul: Negotiating the ‘Shift’ in Generation M and Web 2.0,” Thomas Hite (2011).


“The Use of Categorizing Terms in Macropropositions,” Julia Merrill (2007).


“Video Games and Embodied Narrative,” Patrick Sichter (2016).


“Visual Argument: Conflicting Collective Voices between the Israeli Separation Barrier and its Protest Graffiti,” Veronica Miranda (2010).


“The Writing Center as Burkean Parlor and the Dual Engines of Power: Collaboration and Conflict,” Clara Enoch (2006).