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.


Jonathan Brownlee

Jonathan Brownlee: Prospectus Presentation

Please join us in East Hall room 206 on Wednesday, May 15 at 2 p.m. as we celebrate Jonathan Brownlee's grad lecture: 

Being and Otherness: Theorizing/Conceptualizing Embodiment in Africana Existentialist Discourse

There are three primary goals of this project: 1) analyze the various definitions and descriptions of embodiment amongst those in the field of rhetoric and writing studies 2) describe the relationship between Africana existentialism (and Africana existentialist phenomenology) and embodied rhetoric, and 3) analyze how select writings from the corpus of Africana existentialism fit into discussions of embodiment and can add to the overall understanding of such definitions and descriptions. By doing so, this study seeks to develop a theory of embodiment from Africana existentialism that can speak to and be put in conversation with other theories or expressions of embodiment in the field of rhetoric and writing studies.

News and Stories

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Alumni in Administration

There are many career options for graduates of Bowling Green State University’s Rhetoric and Writing doctoral program. This feature explores the roles that many of our alumni have taken as writing program administrators (WPAs) or as other administrators (in writing centers, as deans, etc.). We reached out to a few of our alumni to ask them about their role, how their experiences at BGSU prepared them for their position, and what they like/enjoy about their job.   Read what they had to say.

Brown Bag: #PhDone and #MAstered

Brown Bag: #PhDone and #MAstered

Join us on May 8 as Lauren Salisbury and Kristin LaFollette deliver their Brown Bag presentation, #PhDone and #MAstered: How to plan, write, and complete your dissertation or thesis. In this Brown Bag Workshop, facilitators Dr. Kristin LaFollette and Dr. Lauren Salisbury will discuss their process for planning and writing their dissertation research projects at each stage. While some content will specifically address procedures for Rhetoric & Writing PhD students, master’s students are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Brown Bag will be held May 8 at 1:30 pm in East Hall room 206.

Brandie Bohney: Winner of the 2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Associate (TI) Award

Jonathan Brownlee Receives Mick Doherty Kairos Award

Third-year member of the Rhetoric & Writing PhD program Jonathan Brownlee has been named the inaugural 2019 recipient of the Mick Doherty Kairos Award. The late Mick Doherty graduated from the Rhetoric & Writing Program in 1994. The Mick Doherty Kairos Scholarship was established to help provide educational expenses for Graduate Assistants in the Rhetoric and Writing Doctoral Program.  Learn more about the award.