Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing


The Rhetoric and 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.

Rhetoric and Writing Students Create Successful Annual Graduate Conference

Dr. Candace Epps-Robertson is the keynote speaker for the 21st Century Englishes Conference this fall at Bowling Green State University.  Dr. Epps-Robertson, an assistant professor of English at Old Dominion University, will speak on the social histories of literacy, race and rhetoric, in particular how these practices develop in reaction to oppression.

This fall marks the third annual conference about 21st Century Englishes. Graduate students from around the country and across the world present on a wide range of topics that speak to the ever-changing definitions of Englishes. With its original focus on historicizing contemporary conversations about multimodality and globalization (2014), to conversations on access and accessibility (2015), this year’s conference explores “thens and nows” of literature, linguistics, rhetoric, composition, and literacy studies. 

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In the News


April Conway wins Shanklin Award  

April Conway received the Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence in Arts and Humanities. Her paper, “Practitioners of Earth: The Literacy Practices of Grassroots Cartographers” earned her the 2015-16 award. 



Rhetoric Society of the Black Swamp

Rhetoric and Writing graduate students have formed the BGSU Student Chapter of Rhetoric Society of America (RSA). Jeffrey Moore has been named as the first chairperson and Soha Yousef as the assistant chairperson. 



Students had successful year of publications

Several of the Rhetoric and Writing students were successful at having their work published in various rhetoric and writing publications during the past academic year. 

Kristin LaFollette had poetry published in Turk’s Head Review, West Trade Review and Vagabonds and fiction forthcoming from Two Cities Review