Recent Alumni

Distinguished Alumni Accomplishments


Recent PhD Alumni

  • Matthew Baker (2017)
    Project Title:  Contextual information, answerability, and the logical construction of social how-to questions
    After graduation:  Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Thomas Ballard (2018)
    Project Title:  Meme as a rhetorical concept for digital media genres
    After graduation:  Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Jonathan Balzotti (2014)
    Project Title: Big rhetoric: The art and rhetoric of spectacle in classical and contemporary experience
    After graduation:  Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Dawn Eyestone (2013)
    Project Title:  Feminist aliens, black vampires, and gay witches: Creating a critical polis using SF television in the college composition classroom
    After graduation:  Adjunct Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
  • Shannon Fanning (2018)
    Project Title:  Transformations in genre: An examination of visualizations of the Zika Virus
    After graduation:  Assistant Professor of Professional Communication, State University of New York, Farmingdale, New York
  • Paula Fender (2018)
    Project Title:  Critical race theoretical composition pedagogy and its effects
  • Jillian Grauman (2018)
    Project Title:  A mixed-methods longitudinal study of new graduate teaching assistants’ commenting beliefs and  practices
    After graduation:  Assistant Professor, English Department College of DuPage, Chicago, Illinois
  • Laura Jackman (2019)
    Project Title: Patient-provider communication during high-risk pregnancy: Considerations for theory and praxis
    After graduation: Education Coordinator, Iowa Heart Center/MercyOne, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Amalie Kwassman (2019)
    After graduation: PhD in Rhetoric & Prof Comm; TA, English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Li Li (2014)
    Project Title:  “Us” and “them”: The representation of minority groups in the statistical atlases of the United States from 1874 to 1925
    After graduation:  Assistant Professor, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina
  • Thomas Lindsley (2015)
    Project Title:  Communicating distrust: Three cases
    After graduation:  User Experience Manager, Workiva, Ames, Iowa
  • Bryan Lutz (2017)
    Project Title:  Composing millennials: Towards understanding millennial myths and identity
    After graduation:  Visiting Professor, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan
  • Angie Mallory (2019)
    Project Title: Interpersonal communication in war zones: The U.S. Marines’ use of rhetorical listening as a communication behavior
    After graduation: Technical Adviser, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
  • James McAfee (2013)
    Project Title:  James Dobson and the American right: Interdiscursivity and the construction of rhetorical agency
    After graduation:  Bereavement Care Coordinator, Heartland Hospice in Macon, Georgia
  • Lynn McCool (2016)
    Project Title:  Humanizing advanced communication online writing instruction: Developing social presence to communicate, collaborate, and connect
    After graduation:  Assistant Professor of Business Practice, Business School, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Rachel Murdock (2017)
    Project Title:  An instrument to assess the public presentations of scientists
    After graduation:  Full-time instructor, DMACC-Ankeny, Ankeny, Iowa
  • Susan Pagnac (2013)
    Project Title:  The perceptions they carried: First-generation college students and first-year communication courses as a site of transition
    After graduation:  Director of the Writing Center, Central College, Pella, Iowa
  • Sara Parks (2017)
    Project Title:  Rhetorical dilemmas in funded science annual reporting
    After graduation:  Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota
  • Victor Perry (2018)
    Project Title:  On the use of fictionality for persuasion and pedagogy
  • Jacob Rawlins (2013)
    Project Title:  Building consensus: Workplace myth-building as a unifying rhetorical strategy
    After graduation: Assistant Professor, University of Louisville, College of Business, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Vincent Robles (2017)
    Project Title:  Discourse strategies in technical-support interactions
    After graduation:  Assistant Professor of Technical Communication, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
  • Kathleen Rose (2017)
    Project Title:  Indistinct boundaries and intersections: The role of threshold concepts and disposition in students with early college credit
  • Danica Schieber (2016)
    Project Title:  Learning transfer from the business communication classroom to the workplace
    After graduation:  Assistant Professor of Business Communication, College of Business Administration, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
  • Robert Watkins (2014)
    Project Title:  Sequential rhetoric: Teaching comics as visual rhetoric
    After graduation:  Assistant Professor, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho
  • Casey White (2014)
    Project Title:  At the boundary between speech and writing: Fostering productive interdisciplinary collaboration on multimodal communication courses
    After graduation:  Lecturer, English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Eric York (2015)
    Project Title:  Programmatic knowledge management: Technology, literacy, and access in 21st Century writing programs
    After graduation:  Assistant Professor, Communications and Media, Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York
  • Erin Zimmerman (2016)
    Project Title:  They don’t get the respect they should: An examination of visual communication disciplinary practices in composition and the biological sciences
    After graduation:  Director of the Writing Center and the Writing in the Disciplines Program; Assistant Professor of English, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Recent MA Alumni

  • Rachel Alsup (2015)
    Project Title:  Reenvisioning the audience profile of ACCESS’s web site
    After graduation:  Technical writer, National Instruments
  • Amanda Arp (2016)
    Project Title:  Examining student metacognition when self-evaluating public speaking
    After graduation:  PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication, English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • John Banister (2015)
    Project Title:  Epideictic memories of war: Reconceiving the classical funeral oration as exigence-driven discourse
  • Brittany Betzer (2016)
    Project Title:  Kairos in the Let’s Move campaign: Crafting moments of change through humanistic rhetoric
  • Kaylee Browning (Rodgers) (2014)
    Project Title:  An ISUComm history: Theory in perspective
  • Bethany Burdt (2017)
    Project Title:  The Birth of ApplyAcademia
    After graduation:  Program Coordinator I, Instructional Designer, Human Development & Family Studies, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Nina Carlson (2015)
    Project Title:  Technical manual redesign for Eaton
    After graduation:  UX and Analytics Manager, AVENTICS, Hannover Area, Germany
  • Katlynne Davis (2017)
    Project Title:  Attributing rhetorical agency: Corporate social media interactions on Twitter
  • Sara Doan (2015)
    Project Title:  Digital classrooms, public profiles
  • Janna Dorman (2014)
    Project Title:  Warrior-Centric Healthcare Foundation: Establishing a visual identity, organizational goals, and WordPress site for non-profit
  • Caleb Evers (2018)
    Project Title:  Revisiting delivery in the basic course
    After graduation:  Knowledge editor for internal communications, Capgemini North America, New York, New York
  • Kari Fokken (2015)
    Project Title:  Project Align: Employing visual rhetoric in tactical rescue team training manuals
    After graduation:  Language Arts teacher, Saydel High School, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Derek Hanson (2015)
    Project Title:  Envisioning MMACS: Building multimedia case studies for professional communication instructors
    After graduation:  PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication, English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Amy Harris-Tehan (2014)
    Project Title:  Toward employee engagement and satisfaction: Organizational training with adult learning, user-centered design, and agile project management theories
    After graduation:  Training coordinator, The Ames Laboratory, Ames, Iowa
  • Jamie Harsha Sass (2016)
    Project Title:  Discouraging discourse: Mommy war rhetoric in the digital age
    After graduation:  Adjunct Professor of English, Marshalltown Community College, Marshalltown, Iowa
  • Jacquelyn Hoermann (2013)
    Project Title:  New needs: Revising first-year composition curriculum with email instruction
  • Pamela Holt (2013)
    Project Title:  Borrowed identity: The Tea Party and W.E.B. Du Bois’ Preacher
    After graduation:  Adjunct Instructor; Lecturer, Northern Iowa Community College (NIACC); English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Kylie Jacobsen (2014)
    Project Title:  Rhetoric of warning labels: Human figures in cross-cultural design
  • Christopher Jones (2013)
    Project Title:  The façade of inevitability: Agency, risk, and The American Academy of Pediatrics’ 2012 technical report on male circumcision
    After graduation:  Technical writer, Cabela’s, Sidney, Nebraska
  • Mariah Kemp (2017)
    Project Title:  Identity conveyance through multimedia: Kat Blaque’s transformative narrative using Draw My Life
    After graduation:  PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication, English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Beth Kieda (2014)
    Project Title:  Supporting English 150 instructors through an accessible module of graphic design principles
    After graduation:  Accreditation & Licensure Coordinator, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa
  • Krista Klocke (2018)
    Project Title:  Toward a definition of moral decorum: Understanding the “Pennsylvania Hall Address” as an ethical response to the constraints of public expectations through Angelina Grimke’s use of sacred kairos and Biblical allusion
    After graduation:  Continue PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication, English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Victoria Lopez (2013)
    Project Title:  A “revisioning” of ISU’s School of Education governance document
  • Philippe Meister (2017)
    Project Title:  Cloud composition technologies in multimodal composition program documents
    After graduation:  PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication, English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Allison Piper-Geber (2016)
    Project Title:  Stereotyping femininity in disembodied virtual assistants
    After graduation:  Lecturer, English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Janet Roberts (2012)
    Project Title:  The professional connection: Videos from industry leaders to improve student communication
    After graduation:  Online course developer, Maryville University, 650 Maryville University Dr., St. Louis, Missouri
  • Joshua Sauceda (2013)
    Project Title:  Simulating dominance: How procedural rhetoric enforces a false Native ‘nomos’ in Elder Schrolls III: Morrowind
    After graduation:  Compliance and Audit Coordinator, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Leslie Shapy (2016)
    Project Title:  A close reading and concept-oriented rhetorical and literary analysis of Margaret Sanger’s eugenics-based discourse
  • Mary Speckhard (2013)
    Project Title:  Patterns and embodiment: An examination of human knowing in A Day Made of Glass
  • Elizabeth Stranahan (2014)
    Project Title:  Pushing perfection: Exploring activity systems through international elite gymnastics scoring
  • Jody Thompson (2014)
    Project Title:  Developing promotional and legal documents for Captain McCarty Photography
  • Carlos Toledo-Parada (2017)
    Project Title:  Metaphoric language in a dictator’s discourse: Analysis of three speeches by Augusto Pinochet
    After graduation:  PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication, English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Nancy Turner (2013)
    Project Title:  Standardized manuscript processing procedure: A recommendation for Wiley-Blackwell’s Scientific, Technical, Medical and Scholarly (STMS) division
    After graduation:  Senior Development Editor, Wiley Blackwell, Ames, Iowa
  • Arline Votruba (2018)
    Project Title:  Redefining feminist rhetoric in stand-up comedy: Offering cultural critique through subversion and silence
  • Eric Waite (2016)
    Project Title:  Stories of sky and sea: Storying the generational divide at Cape Muroto