Chad Iwertz Duffy

Chad Iwertz Duffy

Assistant Professor
(419) 372.7683
East Hall 412

Degrees and Institutions

Ph.D. Rhetoric, Composition, & Literacy, The Ohio State University
M.A. Rhetoric, Writing, & Culture, Oregon State University
B.A. English (Writing & Rhetoric), Pepperdine University

Area: Rhetoric & Writing

Research Interests: Disability studies; rhetoric of health and medicine; digital media studies; multimodal composition; speech-to-text writing; transcription studies; feminist research methodologies; digital embodiment and mētis


Chad Iwertz Duffy is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies in the English Department. He earned his PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy from Ohio State University. At BGSU, he teaches courses in composition, online writing instruction, disability rhetoric, and digital media.

Dr. Iwertz Duffy's research focuses on intersections between disability studies and digital media composition: the framing of disability and access/accessibility across public environments, methodologies of communication access, and digital embodiment and mētis (the rhetorical practice of embodied intelligence and cunning).

His monograph project, The Invention of Access: Rhetorical Creation and the Emergent Methodologies of Speech-to-Text Writing, explores how professional speech-to-text writers across the United States and Canada use emergent technologies and disability-grounded methodologies to rhetorically invent communication access. His recent work can be found in Computers and Composition, Peitho, and the forthcoming anthology Amplifying Soundwriting: Theory and Practice in Rhetoric and Writing.

Courses Taught

ENG 6210: Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing as a Discipline
ENG 6800: Special Topics in English Studies, Teaching Writing Online

Recent Publications

Iwertz, C., Price, M., & Patrus, R. (2018). In E. Brewer & L. Obermark (Eds.), Passageways and betweenity: A Brenda Jo Brueggemann retrospective. Composition Forum 39.

Blancato, M. & Iwertz, C. (2016). "Are the instructors going to teach us anything?": Conceptualizing student and teacher roles in the "Rhetorical Composing" MOOC. Computers and Composition: An International Journal 42, pp. 47-58. doi: 10.1016/j.compcom.2016.08.002

Iwertz, C. & Osorio, R. (2016). Composing captions: A starter kit for accessible media. Peitho 19(1).

Walsh, L. [and 33 others, including Iwertz, C.] (2016). The great chain of being: Manifesto on the problem of agency in science communication. Poroi: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Rhetorical Analysis and Invention 12(1). doi: 10.13008/2151-2957.1246

Works in Progress

The Invention of Access: Rhetorical Creation and the Emergent Methodologies of Speech-to-Text Writing [monograph]

Iwertz, C. Disabling soundwriting: sonic rhetorics meet disability pedagogy. In C. Danforth, M. Faris, & K. Stedman (Eds.), Amplifying soundwriting: Theory and practice in rhetoric and writing. [accepted book chapter; collection under review]

Iwertz, C. Transcribing inhospitality: Access fails the and stakes for communication access in translating meaning. [article under review]

Iwertz, C. The transcription hierarchy: Labor, control, and agentic assemblage in disability service transcription. [article under review]