Jane Detweiler

Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of English
Associate Dean Jane Detweiler

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Jane Detweiler was appointed associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2013. She also is an associate professor of English, with a specialization in rhetoric and composition, and has in the past served as the director of the Core Writing Program. With baccalaureate degree from the University of Redlands and master's degree from Arizona State in creative writing, Detweiler continued her academic accomplishments with a Doctor of Philosophy in English/rhetoric and composition from the University of Louisville.

She has pursued a variety of inquiries into writing in academic, professional and public fora, with special emphases on narrative as a mode of understanding the world and a means of inventing, composing and delivering arguments. She has published in the rhetoric of health care disciplines, composition pedagogy, writing program assessment and environmental discourse studies. More recently, her work has centered on public moral argumentation and political deliberation.

She has taught courses in first-year composition, technical communication, professional writing, argument, composition pedagogy, gender and sexual identity studies, rhetorical theories and criticism, environmental discourse, narrative theories and genres, and research methodologies in composition studies.


  • Detweiler, Jane and Maureen McBride. "Designs on Assessment: University of Nevada, Reno." In Organic Writing Assessment: Dynamic Criteria Mapping in Action. Logan, UT, Utah State University Press, 2009. 52-72. Also team-composed and -edited this collection with Bob Broad, Linda Adler-Kassner, Barry Alford, Heidi Estrem, Susanmarie Harrington, Maureen McBride, Eric Stalions, and Scott Weeden.
  • Detweiler, Jane. "To Design a Doctor(ate): Negotiating Professional Identities in a New Clinical-Doctoral Program." Medical Rhetoric: Essays Toward a New Disciplinary Inquiry. Ed. Barbara Heifferon and Stuart Brown. New York: Hampton Press, 2007. 223-244.
  • Detweiler, Jane and Claudia Peyton. "Defining Occupations: A Chronotopic Study of Narrative Genres in a Health Discipline's Emergence." Written Communication 16.4 (1999): 412-468.