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EDUCATION

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books

Articles, Chapters, & Essays (see also my ScholarWorks site)

Book Reviews

  • Review of Lincoln’s Last Speech: Reconstruction and the Crisis of Reunionby Louis P. Masur. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 46.2 (2016): 491-492.
  • Review of The Genuine Teachers of This Art: Rhetorical Education in Antiquityby Jeffrey Walker (U of South Carolina P, 2011). Rhetoric Review, 31.4 (2012): 479-483.
  • Review of Local Histories: Reading the Archives of Composition, eds., Patricia Donahue and Gretchen Flesher Moon (U of Pittsburgh P, 2007) and Beyond the Archives: Research as a Lived Process, eds., Gesa E. Kirsch and Liz Rohan (Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP). Rhetoric Review, 29.1 (2010): 96-101.
  • Review of Sizing Up Rhetoric, eds., David Zarefsky and Elizabeth Benacka (Long Grove, IL: Waveland P, 2008).  Rhetoric Review, 28.1 (2009): 94-99.
  • Review of The Viability of the Rhetorical Tradition, eds., Richard Graff, Arthur E. Walzer, and Janet M. Atwill (Albany: State U of New York P, 2005). Rhetoric Review, 25.4 (2006): 445-459.
  • Review of Rhetorical Education in America, eds., Cheryl Glenn, Margaret M. Lyday, and Wendy B. Sharer (Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2004). Rhetoric Review, 25.2 (2006): 215-220.

Textbooks

Dissertation

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PAPERS PRESENTED

  • “Back to the ‘Q Question’: A Defense of Quintilian’s Moral Project for Rhetoric.” International Society for the History of Rhetoric (New Orleans, LA, July 25, 2019).
  • “Argumentation in Political and Academic Contexts: What Disciplinary Traditions and Contemporary Research Tell Us.” Invited address to University of Rochester Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program (Rochester, NY, October 19, 2018).
  • “Fear of Persuasion in the English Language Arts.” University of Massachusetts English Department Faculty Colloquium (Amherst, September 18, 2018).
  • “A Role for the Progymnasmata in English Language Arts Education Today.“ Les progymnasmata en pratique, de l’Antiquité à nos jours (Université Paris-Est Créteil, January 19, 2018).
  • “Writing in the Unbundled University.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (Houston, TX, April 8, 2016)
  • “Senior Year Writing: The Third Tier of College Composition.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (Tampa, FL, March 19, 2015).
  • “The Academic Revolution: How ‘English’ Became Specialized Literary Research at UW-Madison.” Rhetoric Society of America (San Antonio, TX, May 26. 2014).
  • “American Baccalaureate: The Story of the Bachelor’s Degree in U.S. Higher Education.”  Invited address to the English Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN, September 18, 2013).
  • “The Claims of the Personal and Civic in 21st Century Academic Discourse: A Defense of ‘General Writing.’”  Invited address to the English Department, University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL, April 26, 2013).
  • “Whither Goeth the American Baccalaureate? Writing, ‘Gen Ed,’ and the Major After the Great Recession.”  Invited address to the English Department, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA, November 13, 2012).
  • “Writing and Learning in College: What We Know from Research, What Works in Classrooms and on Campus.” Keynote address for Faculty Development Day, Mount Saint Mary College (Newburgh, NY, January 19, 2012); also Keynote address for Academic Development Day, Stonehill College (Easton, MA, October 12, 2010)
  • “The Writing Bubble: What Will We Teach When It Bursts?” Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference (Las Cruces, NM, October 22, 2010).
  • “Local History and the WPA: Tending the Past while Forging the Future.”  Conference on College Composition and Communication (Louisville, KY, March 20, 2010).
  • “Beyond Rubrics: Dynamic Criteria Mapping at UMass Amherst and Beyond.”  Re-envisioning Assessment Conference (Southbridge, MA, November 1, 2008).
  • “March, 1865: The Limits of Symmetry.”  University of Massachusetts English Department Faculty Colloquium (Amherst, October 21, 2008).
  • “A Fourth Genre of Classical Greek Rhetoric?”  Rhetoric Society of America (Seattle, May 24, 2008).
  • “The Powers and Perils of Liminality: Freshman Comp at UW-Madison, 1967-1970.”  Conference on College Composition and Communication (New York, March 24, 2007).
  • “Facing ’Chaos and Old Night’: The 1969 Abolition of Freshman English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.”  With Rasha Diab and Mira Shimabukuro.  Rhetoric and Composition Colloquium of the UW-Madison English Department (Madison, WI, April 14, 2006).
  • “An Apology for the First-Year Writing Course Taught by English Department GTAs,” in panel Alternative Models for Writing Programs: A Critical Conversation,” Modern Language Association (Washington, DC, December 28, 2005).
  • “An Incomplete Recovery: The Absence of the Progymnasmata in 20th Century Revivals of Rhetoric,” International Society for the History of Rhetoric (Los Angeles, July 13, 2005).
  • “Reductions of the Already Reduced: The Neglect of Qualifiers, Rebuttals, and Backing in Appropriations of the ‘Toulmin Model’ in Contemporary Composition Pedagogy” (co-authored by Melvin Hall), Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (Hamilton, ON, May 21, 2005).
  • “Putting On Our Janus Faces: Why Addressing the Public Need Not Mean Denigrating the Academic,” Conference on College Composition and Communication (San Francisco, March 18, 2005).
  • “Agency By Lot: Towards an Alternative Model of Politics for Civic Education,” UW-Madison Center for the Humanities (Madison, February 4, 2005).
  • “Helping Student Arguers Represent Opposing Positions Fairly: A Rogerian Perspective,” UW-Madison Teaching and Learning Symposium (Madison, May 18, 2004).
  • “A Century of Change: The Politics of First Year Composition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1900-2000,” Conference on College Composition and Communication (San Antonio, March 26, 2004).
  • “Quintilian as Rhetor,” International Society for the History of Rhetoric (Calahorra, Spain, July 17, 2003).
  • “A Proposal for Place-Based Cultural and Political Theory, Or, Why We Need to Adjust the Socio-Spatial Dialectic Once Again,” Rhetoric and Composition Colloquium (Madison, January 31, 2003).
  • “The Streets of Thurii: Rhetoric, Democracy, and Design in the Classical Polis,” Rhetoric Society of America (Las Vegas, May 23, 2002).
  • “Residents, Owners, Citizens: The Writers of 1230 North Burling St.,” Conference on College Composition and Communication (Chicago, March 21, 2002).
  • “The Matter of Argumentation: Using the Material Topics to Teach Writing,” Conference on College Composition and Communication (Chicago, March 23, 2002).
  • “Writing as Civic Deliberation: Lessons from the Jury Project,” Writing as a Human Activity Interdisciplinary Conference, The Writing Program and the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, October 6,2001).
  • “The Writing Space of the Inner City: The Case of the Cabrini-Green Public Housing Project,” Conference on College Composition and Communication (Denver, March 16, 2001).
  • “City of Rhetoric: Discourse, Democracy, and Design in the Redevelopment of an Urban Neighborhood,” invited lecture sponsored by the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship, the Department of African-American Studies, and the Postcolonial Studies Group, Emory University (Atlanta, March 5, 2001).
  • “Analyzing Arguments through the Material Topics,” Third International Workshop on Argumentative Text Processing (Verona, Italy, September 6, 2000).
  • “Classical Models for the Teaching of Writing,” European Association for Research on Learning and Instructions, Special Interest Group on Writing (Verona, Italy, September 7, 2000).
  • “Between Community and Society: The City as Scene of Rhetorical Education,” American Society for the History of Rhetoric (Chicago, November 3, 1999).
  • “The Student as Juror: An Alternative Approach to the Teaching of Public Writing,” Western States Composition Conference (Tempe, AZ, October 23, 1999).
  • “The Rupture of Expertise: Professionalism and the Humanities at Century’s End,” Rhetoric and Composition Colloquium of the UW-Madison English Department (Madison, WI, September 17, 1999).
  • “Classical Rhetorical Education: Lessons from a Neglected Part of the Tradition,” Conference on College Composition and Communication (Atlanta, March 26, 1999).
  • “Rhetoric and the City: A Proposal to Recontextualize ‘Civic’ Discourse,” Conference on College Composition and Communication (Chicago, April 3, 1998).
  • “The Space of Argumentation: Rhetoric and Urban Design,” Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (St. Catharines, ON, May 15, 1997).
  • “Orders of Time in the Writing of a ‘Lay’ History: Dorothy Spruill Redford’s Somerset Homecoming,” Modern Language Association (Chicago, December 27, 1995).
  • “Rhetorical Practices in University Public Relations: An Observational Study,” Carnegie Mellon University Rhetoric Colloquium (Pittsburgh, October 12, 1995).
  • “Making Academic News: An Observational Study of Rhetorical Practice and Media Choice in University Public Relations” (co-authored by Jolene Galegher), Conference on College Composition and Communication (Washington, DC, March 24, 1995).
  • “A Rhetoric of the Visual: Some Considerations for Research and Theory,” Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition (State College, PA, July 15, 1994).
  • “The Interaction of the Visual and Verbal Arts at Chartres: Revisiting a Rhetorical ‘Complex,'” Rhetoric Society of America (Norfolk, May 21, 1994).
  • “Representing Rhetoric: Word, Image, Building, and Ritual in a 12th Century Architectural – Oratorical Complex,” Group for Research into the Institutionalization and Professionalization of Knowledge-Production (Minneapolis, April 15, 1994).
  • “Moving from Representation to Action: Critical Moments in the Early Stages of a Graphic Design Project,” Conference on College Composition and Communication (Nashville, March 19, 1994).
  • “The Interaction of Visual and Verbal Rhetoric in a Twelfth-Century ‘Text’: An Analysis of the Sculptural Program on the West Façade of Chartres Cathedral,” Carnegie Mellon University Rhetoric Colloquium (Pittsburgh, October 14, 1993).
  • “Patterns of Coordination and Communication Among PR Professionals” (co-authored by and presented with Jolene Galegher), Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition (State College, PA, July 9, 1993).
  • “Design as Social Negotiation: Situating Visual Artifacts in Contexts of Use,” Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition (State College, PA, July 8, 1993).
  • “Talking About Drugs: Argumentative Logic in Schools and Communities,” Conference on College Composition and Communication (San Diego, April 1, 1993).
  • “Civic Writing,” Texas Joint Council of Teachers of English (Corpus Christi, TX, October, 1990).

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COURSES TAUGHT

Graduate

  • Introduction to Rhetorical Theory (English 891TT), University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
  • Writing in Colleges and Universities: Histories of Composition-Rhetoric in the U.S. (English 891PC), University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2012, 2014, 2019
  • Rhetorics of Place, Space, and Geography (English 891RP), University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015
  • Rhetorics of the Public Sphere (English 891BC), University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2008, 2010
  • Theory and Practice of Written Argumentation (English 900), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999
  • Introduction to Composition Studies (English 700), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999, 2001, 2003
  • Research Methods in Composition and Rhetoric (English 703), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005
  • History of Rhetoric, I (English 704), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998, 2000, 2004
  • History of Rhetoric, II (English 705), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003
  • Writing Program Administration in the 21st Century (English 706), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
  • The Virtues of Writing: Value and Evaluation in Composition Studies (English 706), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
  • Rhetoric of Science (English 555), New Mexico State University, 1998
  • Argumentation: Theories, Practices, and Pedagogies (English 549), New Mexico State University, 1997
  • Proseminar for New Ph.D. Students (English 610), New Mexico State University, 1997
  • Rhetorical Invention (English 547), New Mexico State University, 1997
  • Writing in the Workplace (English 512), New Mexico State University, 1997
  • Modern Rhetorical Theory (English 519), New Mexico State University, 1996
  • Internship in Tech. & Professional Communication (English 597), New Mexico State University, 1996, 1998
  • Rhetoric in Social Interaction (English 771), Carnegie Mellon University, 1995

Undergraduate

  • Writing, Identity, and English Studies (English 494EI), University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
  • Rhetoric, Writing, and Society (English 388), University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Expository Writing (English 350), University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • College Writing (Englwrit 112), University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2017
  • A Semester in the Life: Writing Your Way Into College (FFYS 197ENGL9), University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2017
  • Orange is the New Black: A Semester in the Life (FFYS 197CR4), University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014
  • Rhetorical Analysis of Nonfiction Prose (English 550), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
  • Writing and Reasoning: The Jury Project (English 236), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000, 2001, 2004
  • Intermediate Composition (English 201), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998, 1999
  • Advanced Composition (English 311), New Mexico State University, 1998
  • Advanced Technical & Professional Communication (English 318), New Mexico State University, 1996-1997
  • Argumentation: Theory & Practice (English 374), Carnegie Mellon University, 1995
  • Language in Design (English 373), Carnegie Mellon University, 1993-1996
  • Communication Planning & Design: Seminar/Studio (English 498/Design 462), Carnegie Mellon University, 1993
  • Summer Seminar in English: Argument (CMAP), Carnegie Mellon University, 1992-1995
  • Strategies for Writing: Argument (English 100), Carnegie Mellon University, 1991
  • The American Novel, 1865-present (English 322 Honors), Laredo Community College, 1991
  • Survey of World Literature, I (English 371), Laredo Community College, 1990
  • Introduction to Literature (English 322), Laredo Community College, 1989-1991
  • Fundamentals of Grammar and Composition (English 312, 313, & 602), Laredo Community College, 1989-1991
  • Composition and Rhetoric (English 321), Laredo Community College, 1989-1991

For full CV (PDF), click here.

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