About the Department
In July, 2014 the University Writing Program became the Department of Writing and
Rhetoric Studies, making it one of several high-profile institutions in the country
to better identify its role locally and nationally. We now offer a growing major and
minor while still offering essential writing courses to undergraduate and graduate
students across campus. Our interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Writing and Rhetoric Studies
is currently offered through three partnering departments; students take courses with
us and complement their scholarly interest through the partnering department.
News and Announcements
Professor Jenny Andrus recently published her book "Entextualizing Domestic Violence,"
with the Oxford University Press Studies in Language and Law series.
Faculty member, Christie Toth, was the winner of the 2015 Mark Reynolds Teaching English in the Two-Year College Best Article Award for her article “Unmeasured Engagement: Two-Year College English Faculty and Disciplinary Professional Organizations” published in the journal, Teaching English in the Two-Year College .
The Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies recently received a Transformative Research in the Humanities Grant to establish a Research Center focused on critical areas of writing research. The
grant provides funding to foster synthesis across the combination of Writing and Rhetoric
Studies individual faculty research efforts, and to support graduate research assistants.
Areas of study include first-year writing assessments; a longitudinal study of transfer
students; multilingual WAC; and science communication.