Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Writing Studies

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

Program Description

BGSU's doctoral program in Rhetoric and Writing Studies equips applicants with a broad range of skills whose interests in rhetoric and writing studies move them to seek careers as teacher-scholar-administrators at a variety of institutions of higher education. The program emphasizes rhetoric and composition/writing studies as its core curriculum and provides students with a thoroughgoing foundation in rhetorical theories and histories, composition theories and pedagogies, research methods and designs, digital rhetorics, program administration, as well as hands-on internship experiences. Special topics courses address current interests within the discipline, such as writing assessment, feminist methodologies, accessibility and inclusion, writing transfer, and sociocultural theory. In addition, students take electives in Rhetoric and Writing Studies, in other areas of English (critical theory and literature, teaching English to English language learners, scientific and technical communication), or in other departments. 


2020 Winner of the Mick Doherty Kairos Award: Ran Meyer

Ran Meyer Receives Mick Doherty Kairos Award

Third-year member of the Rhetoric & Writing Studies PhD program Ran Meyer has been named the 2020 recipient of the Mick Doherty Kairos Award.

The late Mick Doherty graduated from the Rhetoric & Writing Studies 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 of the Department of English at Bowling Green State University, in honor of his memory. Learn more about the award.

News and Stories

Dr. Estee Beck Co-edits a Collection

Estee Beck, an alumna from the Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Writing Studies program, recently co-edited and published Privacy Matters: Conversations about Surveillances Within and Beyond the Classroom, a collection of eight contributing chapters and an afterword on local and global topics connected to teaching and the use of technology that surveils and leaves little privacy online. 

Morgan McDougall accepted on the CWPA Graduate Student Research Award Committee

Morgan McDougall, a student in the Ph.D. Rhetoric & Writing Studies program, is also on the CWPA Graduate Student Research Award Committee. She is the only graduate student on the committee; the other seven members are faculty affiliates at various institutions. The committee distributes a Call for Submissions for their Graduate Student Research Award across multiple platforms online. 

Krys Ingman Publishes Collaborated Paper

Krys Ingman, a student in the Ph.D. Rhetoric & Writing Studies program, published a collaborated paper, "At the intersection of mainstream and alternative media: Spygate and the Hannity rant," in the Journal of Communication Inquiry on September 24, 2020.