Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Writing


The Rhetoric & Writing doctoral program prepares students for impactful careers as rhetoric and composition faculty and administrators. Our students engage a range of intellectual approaches at the intersection of history, theory and pedagogy. Students learn together in and beyond the space of the seminar room, developing research, teaching and civic identities through a range of coursework in rhetorical, cultural, empirical and digital approaches to writing.


The program is now seeking qualified candidates for Advanced Associate or full Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, click here to view the ad!

GSW to host Dr. Elizabeth Wardle

wardle elizabethAll are welcome to join General Studies Writing for two presentations by Elizabeth Wardle on Thursday, Jan. 19. "Writing about Writing: How to Teach First-Year Writing to Encourage Transfer" will explore the research and experiences that led Wardle and Doug Downs to recommend and develop what has become known as a "writing about writing" approach to first-year composition. The presentation will take place 9:30-11 a.m. in 208 BTSU.

"Naming What We Know: Identifying and Using Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies" will be an interactive workshop that investigates what threshold concepts are. Wardle will describe the methodology informing her recent co-authored book, Naming What We Know (with Linda Alder-Kassner). The workshop will take place 12:30-2 p.m. in 208 BTSU.

Visit the General Studies Writing website for more information about these presentations and to see Elizabeth Wardle's bio.

In the News

RSBS Receives RSA Graduate Student Chapter Special Event Award

Rhetoric Society of the Black Swamp, BGSU’s Student Chapter of Rhetoric Society of America, were awarded funding for a proposed spring speaker.


Dr. Roopika Risam to Give Presentation to Rhetoric & Writing Students on Digital Humanities Research

Dr Roopika Risam, an Assistant Professor from Salem State University, will host a workshop for Rhetoric & Writing Students on digital humanities research methods.


Rhetoric & Writing Students Create Successful Annual Graduate Conference

The fourth annual 21st Century Englishes Conference took place on the campus of BGSU on Saturday, October 15, 2016.