Established in 1988, Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy
is a flourishing area of teaching and research
at OU. Its faculty and students examine how discourse operates in a
social and political contexts as well as in various cultures,
periods, and media. We stress the mutuality of theory and pedagogy,
study of language and writing into conversation with classroom
considering how research in rhetoric and literacy can enrich writing
pedagogy and vice
versa. Tracing the changing definitions and uses of literacy and
across time, we help writers not only to become technically proficient,
but to think
critically about what constitutes proficiency.
Graduate students work closely with faculty to establish their own
research agendas and pedagogies and
collaborate closely with other graduate students as well. Many GTAs
present their ideas at
conferences, publishing their best work in major journals. To encourage
efforts, OU provides competitive funding for conference travel and
CRL faculty members teach courses on rhetoric history, composition
instruction, and the politics of
persuasion. Classes regularly address rhetoric’s place in the classical
era, the eighteenth
and nineteenth centuries, and our contemporary moment. Such courses
emphasize intersections among literacy, social activism, and
attending to the multiple forms of written and visual communication
prevalent in the computer age.
Ph.D., University of Louisville, 2004.
Joined OU English Faculty in 2004.
Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy studies. His research interests
include critical pedagogy, composition in the corporate university,
activist rhetoric, and new media theory. In the classroom, he invites
students to compose hypertexts that analyze relationships among
literacy and ideology, technology and social power.
He has published
articles in Works
and Days and Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers, and
has an upcoming essay in House of Mirrors: Revising Our
Understanding of Reflective Writing. He serves as co-editor of Workplace:
Academic Labor, and is currently writing a book about
college unions, their language practices, and their implications for
Purdue University, 1989
Joined OU English Faculty in 1992.
Professor Hobbs works
Composition/Rhetoric/Literacy program. She is also a member of the
Women's Studies and Liberal Studies faculties and is an associate with
the History of Science program. She is the editor of Nineteenth-Century
Write (University of Virginia Press, 1995), and the
author of Rhetoric on the Margins of Modernity: Vico, Condillac,
Monboddo (Southern Illinois University Press, 2002). Her essays on
the history of rhetoric, language, and literacy have appeared in a
special feminist issue of Rhetoric Society Quarterly as well as
journals including Rhetorica, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Rhetoric
Review, Journal of Advanced Composition, Historical
Reflections/Reflexions Historiques, and The Journal of the
Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning.
She teaches advanced
instruction, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century history and theory of
rhetoric and composition, and seminars in modern rhetorical theory and
literacy studies. She is currently working on a textbook on
autobiography, on visual theory, and on global and local women's
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1995.
Joined OU English Faculty in 1995.
Professor Kates is the
author of Activist
Rhetorics and American Higher Education: 1885-1937
(Southern Illinois University Press, 2001). She has published articles
rhetoricians Hallie Quinn Brown and Mary Augusta Jordan in College
English and College Composition and Communication. Her
poems have appeared in The Cumberland Review, The Laurel Review,
The Ohio Journal, WestBranch, and Texas Poetry Review.
theory and creative writing at the undergraduate level and rhetorical
theory/composition theory at the graduate level. She is particularly
interested in technology and its relationship to the study of rhetoric.
She believes language philosophy is a powerful vehicle for exploring
how discourse functions in a wide variety of rhetorical situations;
consequently, she is committed to helping her students analyze their
own writing and the writing of others through the work of an extensive
range of rhetorical theorists.
University of Utah, 1979.
English Faculty in 1979.
Professor Mair has
for Technical Communication (Little Brown,
1985) and Writing and Reading Mental Health Records: Issues and
Analysis in Professional Writing and Scientific Rhetoric (2nd
edition, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1995). He has published articles
on technical writing and scientific discourse in the Journal of
Advanced Composition and Journal of Technical Writing and
Communication. His work-in-progress includes an ethnographic study
of written communication by a mental health team and a study of how
institutional practices shape patient records. His teaching interests
include research methods, pedagogy, and information technology. His
pedagogy is informed by postmodern and collaborative theories.
Kathleen E. Welch
Foundation Presidential Professor.
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1982
Joined OU English Faculty in 1982.
Noble Family Foundation Presidential Professor of English, is the
author of Electric Rhetoric: Classical Rhetoric, Oralism, and a New
Literacy (MIT Press, 1999) and The Contemporary Reception of
Classical Rhetoric: Appropriations of Ancient Discourse (Erlbaum,
1990). Her articles on classical rhetoric and contemporary rhetoric and
composition theory, technology and literacy, and women's writing have
appeared in Written Communication (1988), Journal of
Composition (1988), Browning Institute Studies (1988), College
Communication (1987), Rhetoric Society Quarterly
(1987, 1986), Rhetoric Review (1987), and in many collections
of essays, including Writing Histories of Rhetoric (ed. V.
Vitanza), Learning from the Histories of Rhetoric (ed. T. Enos)
and A Short History of Writing Instruction (ed. J. Murphy). She
is completing a book on Gender, Technology and Rhetoric/Composition
writing and literacy at the undergraduate level, including freshman
writing; and classical rhetorical theory, twentieth-century rhetoric
and composition theory, current technology and literacy studies,
feminist theory, and historicized rhetoric at the graduate level. Her
teaching "centers on privileging the production of student writing and
then working through histories and theories of discourse that enable
students to write more powerfully in an expanded repertoire."
Welch serves on nine national and international editorial and advisory
boards, including the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of
Rhetoric and Composition (she was the founding President from
1990-1995); the Rhetoric Society of America (she was Preisdent from
1995 to 1997 and served ten years on that Board); the Executive Council
of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric (1997-2001);
the Advisory Board of Publications of the Modern Language Association
(1996-1999); the Association of Teachers of Advanced Composition (she
was President from 1989-1991); Advances in the Study of Rhetoric
(1997-2001); The Encyclopedia of Rhetoric (1992-1996); and the Board of
Visitors, Ohio State University, Department of English (2000-2002). She
has been a visiting professor at the University of Colorado; the
University of Utah; Texas Christian University; a Visiting Scholar at
M.I.T.; and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ohio State
University. She has
taught 17 undergraduate courses at OU (8 new ones), 7 graduate courses
(6 new ones), has supervised and is directing 12 M.A. thesis and PhD
students; and has served on 31 thesis and dissertation committees. She
has presented over 65 papers at international and national conferences
(22 of them invited for plenary sessions). She is a member of nine
professional organizations, including the National Council of Teachers
of English (www.ncte.org), the National Communication Association
(www.natcomm.org), and the Society for Critical Exchange. Her
university department service can be found on her website of particular
interest would be her technology service. She referees for nineteen
scholarly presses and journals.