Job Placement

Since our program's inception, our Ph.D. students have long been successful job candidates. Our traditionally small cohorts have a high placement rate at a variety of colleges and universities, and we are proud of our record in placing Composition & Rhetoric alumni in full-time positions as tenure-track faculty, visiting faculty, and academic staff. Below is a list, sorted by graduation year, of our doctoral alumni, their current departmental affiliation, and the title of their dissertation. For a complete list of all alumni affiliations, you can download a complete PDF list here.

Michael Dimmick, University of Houston-Downtown

Dissertation: Embodied Placemaking as a Rhetoric of Citizenship on Johns Island, South Carolina


Nancy Reddy, Stockton University

Dissertation: Re-Entangling Literacy: A Historical Study of Extracurricular Writing Practices


Becca Tarsa, Trinity College

Dissertation: Casual Affinities


Anne Wheeler, Springfield College

Dissertation: Contested Impressions: Visual Remembering of Japanese American Incarceration


Stephanie White, University of Waterloo

Dissertation: "I Stopped Writing for Myself": Student Perspectives on Service-Learning in Composition


Timothy Johnson, University of Louisville

Dissertation: Making the Invisible Hand Visible: Ford Motor Company, Industrial Film, and the Rise of Economic-Organizational Rhetoric


Peter Mayshle, Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Dissertation: Walled "Memoria": Presencing Memory Sites in Intramuros, Manila


Chrissy Stephenson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dissertation: What They Set Before Themselves: Civic Learning, Cocurricular Rhetorical Engagement, and the Undergraduate Protopublic


Melvin Hall, Georgetown University

Dissertation: Words, Substance, War: The Rhetorical Constitution of Iraq's Combined Security Mechanism


Antonia Massa-McLeod, University of Central Arkansas

Dissertation: Creating Ecotopia: Sustainability Discourse and Dissent in the American Public Sphere


Cydney Alexis, Rowan University

Dissertation: Why Things Matter to Writing: A Material Perspective on Literacy and Selfhood


James Daniel, University of Texas-Tyler

Dissertation: Agent and Event: Rhetorical Dissent in the Context of Globalization


Melanie Hoftyzer, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dissertation: Narrative, Ethos, and Artificial Fluoridation: The 'Storying' of a Public Health Policy 


Rebecca Lorimer, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Dissertation: Traveling Literacies: Writing Among Languages and Locations


Dave Stock, Brigham Young University

Dissertation: The Distribution of Rhetorical Education at a Public Midwest University, 1874-1927

Maria Bibbs, Memphis College of Art

Dissertation: The African American literacy myth: Literacy's ethical objective during the Progressive Era, 1890-1919


Beth Godbee, Marquette University 

Dissertation: Small talk, big change: Identifying potentials for social change in one-with-one talk about writing


Jacque Preston, Utah Valley University

Dissertation: The fertile commonplace: Collective persuasions, interpretive acts, and dialectical spaces


Karen Redfield, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dissertation: Inside the circle, outside the circle: The survivance of American Indian storytelling and the development of rhetorical strategies in English

Scot Barnett, Indiana University 

Dissertation: Arts of concealment rhetoric and ethics in the age of wireless computing


Rik Hunter, Quest University, British Columbia 

Dissertation: A hypersocial-interactive model of Wiki-mediated writing: Collaborative writing in a fan & gamer community


Tim Laquintano, Lafayette College 

Dissertation: Sustained Authorship: Digital Writing, Self-Publishing, and the Ebook


Annette Vee, University of Pittsburgh

Dissertation: Proceduracy: Computer Code Writing in the Continuum of Literacy


Kate Vieira, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dissertation: Fragmented assimilation: How literacy unites and divides two Portuguese-speaking immigrant communities

Matthew Capdevielle, University of Notre Dame

Dissertation: Reading the "writing wars": Narrative, history, and conflict in the re-formation of post-secondary writing curricula


Rasha Diab, University of Texas-Austin

Dissertation: Rhetorical in(ter)vention and the dialectic of conflict and conflict resolution: Sulh and Sadat's peacemaking rhetoric


Mary Fiorenza, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dissertation: Methods and models of writing and living: Composing Brenda Ueland's writing life


Mira Shimabukuro, Highline Community College

Dissertation: Relocating authority: Japanese Americans writing to redress mass incarceration

Corey Mead, Baruch College, CUNY 

Dissertation: Less painful than reading books: The military, literacy, and videogames


Adam Koehler, Manhattan College

Dissertation: A sound form of knowledge: Composition and the rhetorical problem of music


Eric Pritchard, University of Texas-Austin 

Dissertation: "A litany for survival": Black Queer Literacies

David Grant, University of Northern Iowa

Dissertation: Toward sustainable literacies: An empirical study of journal writing in an ecocomposition course

Alice Daer (Robison), Arizona State University

Dissertation: Inventing fun: Videogame design as a writing process


Rhea Lathan, Florida State University

Dissertation: Writing a wrong: A case of African American adult literacy action on the South Carolina Sea Islands, 1957—1962


Jennifer Griffith, Renaissance Vision Development Group 

Dissertation: Writing ethics: Person, proximity, and responsibility in a first-year composition classroom


Shifra Sharlin, Graduate Center, CUNY

Dissertation: Provincialism, metropolitanism, and the politics of space: Malevich in Vitebsk

Fayez Al-Ghamdi (2004), King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Dissertation: The rhetoric of cultural encounter in Arab American autobiography


Deborah Alvarez (1998), University of Delaware

Dissertation: Four adolescents, their compensatory strategies and writing development in the texts they authored in and out of school


Carl Battaglia (2001), University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Dissertation: The role of visualization in creative and academic writing


Julie Nelson Christoph (2002), University of Puget Sound

Dissertation: Arguing with one's life: Strategies of placement in pioneer women's writing on westward expansion


John M. Duffy (2000), University of Notre Dame

Dissertation: Writing from these roots: Literacy, rhetoric, and history in a Hmong-American community


Eli Goldblatt (1990), Temple University

Dissertation: Authority and social context: Case stories of three inner-city high school writers


Nelson Graff (2000), San Francisco State University

Dissertation: Identity in disciplinary writing and learning


Mary Juzwik (2003), Michigan State University

Dissertation: Towards a rhetoric of teaching: An investigation of teaching as performance in a middle-level Holocaust unit


Stephanie Kerschbaum (2005), University of Delaware

Dissertation: Beyond simple inclusion: Towards engagement with difference in a postsecondary writing classroom


Jerry Mirskin (1992), Ithaca College

Dissertation: Writing as a process of valuing


Rebecca Schoenike Nowacek (2001), Marquette University

Dissertation: Writing instruction in the interdisciplinary classroom: Histories, challenges, possibilities


Mary Lou Odom (2004), Kennesaw State University

Dissertation: Before the classroom: Teachers theorizing first-year composition pedagogy


Kevin Porter (2002), University of Texas-Arlington

Dissertation: Meaning and time: Toward a consequentialist philosophy of discourse in composition and rhetoric studies and beyond


Catherine Prendergast (1997), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dissertation: Generic monsters: Writing that transgresses disciplinary boundaries


Bonnie Smith (2003), Belmont University

Dissertation: The common reader writes back: Literacy for life-change


Bryan Trabold (2003), Suffolk University

Dissertation: Writing space, power, and strategies of resistance in apartheid South Africa: The story of the "Weekly Mail" and "New Nation"


Jeffrey Wiemelt (1995), Southeastern Louisiana University

Dissertation: Negotiating the interactional contexts of an intermediate-level college writing classroom: Text-based,interactionist contributions to a sociocognitive conception of student writing