Mission & Learning Outcomes

Since its founding in 1980, the Rhetoric & Writing Doctoral Program has been committed to preparing its graduates for faculty careers in rhetoric and composition. The Program utilizes the range of approaches--rhetorical, cultural, empirical, and technological--that characterize the discipline in the twenty-first century.  


The Rhetoric & Writing program understands rhetoric as situated, participatory, action based, and responsive. The program approaches rhetoric and writing as meaning-making practices that span across cultures and develop over a lifetime. The program grows future faculty members who contribute to the scholarly discipline; engage learners as responsible and responsive citizens; develop pedagogies informed by research, best practices, and developing technologies; administer university writing programs; and shape campus and community cultures through their leadership.

Learning Outcomes

The Rhetoric & Writing Doctoral program at BGSU produces future faculty members who:

  • Appraise methodological, theoretical, and pedagogical approaches for engaging as scholars, teachers, and leaders who are responsive to the situated nature of rhetoric and to what students, campuses, cultures and society want from writing today.
  • Justify interventions in ongoing disciplinary conversations in rhetoric and writing studies through their own research, theory building, and pedagogies.
  • Develop impactful rhetoric and writing scholarship rooted in the developing literacies, literacy technologies, and needs of diverse learners shaping higher education today.

Funding Opportunities

Ph.D.-level assistantships carry a stipend of $15,500.00 (in 2020-2021), accompanied by a waiver of all instructional and out-of-state fees. Most assistantship assignments have individuals teach first-year writing, but other opportunities are available on a limited basis. Additionally, students in their final year of the program are encouraged to apply for a Research Assistantship to support research work.

Research Facilities

Library Resources- The Jerome Library houses a collection of more than four million items, including books, journals, periodicals, microforms, government documents, and other materials. It also boasts a wide range of online databases, as well as an interlibrary loan service, OhioLink, with all public university services in Ohio. The library houses a nationally acclaimed popular culture archive, a large collection of women's archives from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the Educational Memorabilia Center, an archive of literacy artifacts from 19th century schoolhouses. Library services for graduate students include individualized research strategy conferences.

Jerome Library    Center for Archival Collections    Ray & Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture

Computer Facilities- The University has over a dozen computer labs featuring PC (Dell) and MAC environments, including a Faculty-Graduate Student Workroom dedicated to supporting research projects. The Collab Lab provides support and technology tools to graduate and undergraduate students for all teaching and research projects. Like most buildings on campus, the English Department building has  wireless networking, and also a graduate student computer/printing room. Graduate students have the opportunity to teach in technology rich classrooms throughout the campus.

Department of English

Dr. Dan Bommarito, Program Director

Telephone: 419-372-6833

Email: dbommar@bgsu.edu