Welcome to Rhetoric and Composition @ Purdue
Located near the banks of the Wabash, Purdue University upholds the Land Grant University mission of adding
education in mechanics and agriculture to the classics and sciences. This focus makes Purdue particularly appropriate for
the serious study of written discourse, as we celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the passage of the Morrill Act.
Purdue's Graduate Program in Rhetoric and Composition dates to 1980 and has 264 graduates (183 Ph.D. and 81 MA).
Our graduates hold positions as writing teachers, program and writing center administrators, graduate program faculty,
department heads, editors, usability testers, and professional and technical writers/managers.
We invite you to explore the information about our program, and for more information, contact:
Patricia Sullivan, Director
Emily Legg, Assistant Director
Purdue Department of English
Graduate Studies in English at Purdue
Cintron delivers Berlin Memorial LectureProf. Ralph Cintron of University of Illinois, Chicago, delivered the James Berlin Memorial Lecture on "Democracy as Fetish: The Politics of Implacability and the Undocumented" on September 13, 2012. Jim would have participated enthusiastically.
Pinkert wins Bilsland FellowshipCongratulations, Laurie on winning a year-long Bilsland Strategic Fellowship that supports graduate research judged to improve graduate education.
Sad NewsMary Gitzen, a 2002 graduate of ESL and Rhetoric and Composition, lost her battle with cancer in Summer, 2012. Sincerest condolences to her family and friends.
2012 Lauer AwardsLaurie Pinkert's dissertation on graduate writing instruction in a range of disciplines has won the 2012 Lauer Award for excellence in dissertation work. Congratulations, Laurie. Congratulations, too, to Adam Pope whose work on developing open source software matches pedagogy and its technology support.
Welcome to Nathan Riley JohnsonNate joins the faculty as an assistant professor in professional and technical writing; in addition to his experience with online web design, his interests include mapping the rhetorics of information infrastructural.
2011 Lauer AwardsMegan Schoen's dissertation work on Tswana Rhetoric has won her the 2011 Lauer Award for excellence in dissertation work. Congratulations, Megan. Congratulations, too, to Kristen Moore whose field research into public participation in urban transportation policy was selected as the finalist for the award.
Gaming PodcastsSamantha Blackmon and Alex Layne along with guests and other hosts have launched a monthly podcast on women in gaming entitled "Not Your Mama's Gamer." You can listen in at: http://www.samanthablackmon.net/notyourmamasgamer/
Bay Wins Provost's Grant to Improve Internship EducationJenny Bay and Pat Sullivan won a two summer grant to improve university-wide writing instruction for students taking internships. Ethan Sproat and Patti Poblete also have worked with the grant.
Michael Salvo led a group of graduate (including Ehren Pflugfelder, Ashley Watson, and Zach Koppelman) and undergraduate students on a summer abroad trip to Scotland that focused on postindustrial work.
PromotionJennifer Bay was promoted to Associate Professor of English. Congratulations, Jenny.
Bergmann, Writing Lab Leads Gates GrantCongratulations to Prof. Linda Bergmann and Writing Lab. Linda is principal investigator of an interdisciplinary team that has received 1.5 million dollars from the Gates Foundation to develop an interactive High School Online Writing Lab. Other faculty at Purdue involved in the grant are: Janet Alsup, Samantha Blackmon, Michael Salvo, and Patricia Sullivan. Tammy Conard-Salvo has also contributed to grant, as will a number of graduate students, as Purdue is in charge of content. Congratulations, Linda and all.
Sad NewsThe Purdue community mourns the loss of Dr. Jan Tovey of East Carolina University in Summer 2010, our alum and our friend. Jan always had a smile, a kind word, and a helping hand for everyone around her. She is greatly missed.
New DeanProfessor Irwin Weiser has been named the Justin S. Morrill Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue as of July 2010. Congratulations, Bud.
CW2010 Award WinnersCongratulations to Kristine Blair, Jeremy Tirrell, and Jeff Bacha for the well-deserved awards they received at this year's Computers & Writing Conference.
Kristine was honored with the Charles Moran Award for Service to the field. Among her many contributions, she edits Computers & Composition Online.
Jeremy's dissertation was honored with the Hugh Burns Award as the Best Dissertation of the Year.
Jeff won the Kairos award for Graduate Student Service; he has been working on OWL programming.
Lauer AwardsCongratulations to Tom Sura, 2010 Winner of the Janice M. Lauer Award for Dissertation Excellence and to Christina Saidy, Finalist in the Lauer Award Competition.
Welcome to Kendall LeonKendall joins the faculty as an assistant professor in composition theory. Her wide-ranging interests include Writing Program Administration, Community Engagement, Minority Rhetoric, and Methodology.
Archives and Digital Humanities Class Wins GrantCongratulations to students in the Archives class for their Service Learning Grant to support projects for the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. Alex Layne, Alex Hidalgo, Adam Pope, Caitlan Spronk, Emily Legg, Ethan Sproat, and Jeremy Cushman were the Rhetoric students in the seminar and Jennifer Bay and Patricia Sullivan were the teachers.
Alums Win NCTE AwardCongratulations to Stuart Blythe and Jeffrey T. Grabill who with Kirk Riley won the NCTE Award for Best Research Article for “Action Research and Wicked Environmental Problems."
Journal Seeks SubmissionsPresent Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, a journal started/run by some Purdue Graduate Students, is seeking submissions. For details, please go here: http://www.presenttensejournal.org/
Matsuda HonoredCongratulations to Paul Kei Matsuda (PhD, 2000) who has won a College of Liberal Arts 2009 Emerging Voice Award.