Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Writing

Rhetoric & Writing PhD students Bailey Poland, Clay Chiarelott, Lena Ziegler, Travis Hein, and Brian Urias

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.


Morgan McDougall

Morgan McDougall Creates LibGuide for 2019 Common Read

Second-year Rhetoric & Writing PhD student Morgan McDougall created the LibGuide for this year's Common Read, What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Morgan also shared her thoughts on the experience of creating the guide.

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Reimagining Creativity in Rhetoric and Writing Studies: 21st Century Englishes Conference Call for Proposals

The 2019 21st Century Englishes Conference will be held at BGSU on Saturday, November 2. Proposals are due Friday, September 20 by 11:59 p.m.

Following the perspective on creativity sparked by the expressivist movement, we seek to explore all of the questions and interpretations of creativity as they relate to the field of writing studies. Creativity and art-based approaches have an important place within writing studies, as these encourage identity, agency, writing transfer, and a full breadth of expression. “Creative, multigenre identity work can help students to thrive as the multidimensional writers they are” (Nolan, 2019, p. 234) and creative work belongs to other realms of academic work as well. Throughout this conference, we hope to engage in conversations surrounding where we have been, where we currently stand, and where we might go in the future of writing studies concerning creativity.

We invite individual and panel proposals on this theme from graduate students as well as their collaborators (colleagues, faculty, staff, students, research participants, community members, etc.).

Read the full CFP for details and submission guidelines.

News and Stories

Welcoming Dr. Chad Iwertz, Rhetoric & Writing appears on an orange background next to a picture of Chad. Chad smiling inside Yayoi Kusama's art installation The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, a mirrored room that infinitely reflects and repeats hundreds of twinkle lights of many colors. Because the room is mirrored on all sides we can also see distorted images of Chad repeated, as well as distorted reflections of his partner, Lorene, who is taking this picture

Dr. Chad Iwertz Joins the Rhetoric & Writing Program

Dr. Chad Iwertz will be joining the English Department in Fall 2019 as an assistant professor in the Rhetoric & Writing program. He was kind enough to answer some questions to introduce himself to the department. Please join us in welcoming Chad to BGSU!   Read the interview with Chad.

Dr. Neil Baird and his son as Dr. Baird prepares for Ride2CW

Dr. Neil Baird Participates in Ride2CW

The 2019 Computers and Writing conference was held in East Lansing, MI at Michigan State University. Attendees arrived by car, plane, and, in some cases, bicycle. BGSU Rhetoric & Writing faculty member Dr. Neil Baird participated in the 2019 Ride2CW event, and shared his experiences.   Read more about Neil's Ride2CW experience.

Emma Guthrie, Travis Hein, Morgan McDougall, and Dr. Neil Baird

Second-year Doctoral Students Present at 2019 Computers and Writing Conference

On June 21, 2019, Travis Hein, Emma Guthrie, and Morgan McDougall presented at the 2019 Computers and Writing Conference. Their panel was titled, “Digital Technologies that Extend and Transfer Beyond the Classroom: Virtual Reality, Social Media, and Online Learning,” and chaired by Dr. Neil Baird.
Their panel explored many of the research interests held by each individual. As explained in their abstract: “As instructors, it is also important that we continue developing our knowledge of computer technology and tools to make sure that our courses are accomplishing the most that they can; whether that means integrating assistive technology, teaching for transfer, or supporting online civic engagement. This panel focuses on how digital technologies may be used to help instructors reach beyond the constraints of a classroom space in an effort to accommodate all students, including those with learning disabilities and those in non-traditional learning spaces.” Learn more about their presentations.