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!

Aimee Taylor Successfully Defends Dissertation

On Tuesday, November 11, Aimee Taylor successfully defended her dissertation, titled “Fat Cyborgs: Body-Positive Activism, Shifting Rhetorics and Identity Politics in the Fatosphere.” Aimee’s dissertation was co-chaired by Dr. Kris Blair and Dr. Sue Carter Wood with committee members Dr. Lee Nickoson and Michael Arrigo.

Aimee’s dissertation focused on how fat activists intersect their technologies with their activism. Her engaging presentation shared her journey of developing, sharing, and completing her dissertation. Takeaways Aimee presented included engaging in more positive discourses about the body, sharing fat people and conversations about them on your social media feeds, reading fat studies scholarship, and thinking about your own lipoliteracy and when you learned what it meant to be fat.

Those in the Rhetoric & Writing community at BGSU congratulate Aimee on a successful dissertation.


In the News

BGSU Rhetoric at National Watson Conference 

Several of the Rhetoric and Writing Students presented at the Thomas R. Watson Conference on October 20-22, 2016 at the University of Louisville.


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.


Rhetoric & Writing Doctoral Program Seeking New Faculty Member

The Rhetoric & Writing Ph.D. Program will be adding a new advanced Associate or Full Professor in August 2017.