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Kathleen E. Welch

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Professor Welch, Samuel Roberts 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 Advanced Composition (1988), Browning Institute Studies (1988), College Composition and 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 Studies. Professor Welch teaches 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." Professor 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. See 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 (, the National Communication Association (www/, 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.

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