Rhetoric and Professional Communication PhD Alumni

Distinguished Alumni Accomplishments


Recent 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
  • 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
  • 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