Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing Studies

Our Ph.D. program in Rhetoric and Writing Studies emphasizes public and institutional engagement.

Our program was founded in the 1980s by noted composition scholars Steven and Susan Tchudi and Mark Waldo. Over the last decade, the program has intentionally developed its faculty around an emphasis in public and institutional engagement because we believe that rhetoric and writing studies are essentially arts of engagement. Our faculty and students are engaged inside and outside the academy in projects ranging from writing-across-the-curriculum fellowships, to K-16 partnerships, to prison literacy initiatives.

Students in the program participate in professional activities of various kinds, including publishing, academic conferences and internships in community agencies, educational institutions or businesses. The program also hosts a robust student chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America, Rhetoric @ Reno.

Our faculty collect their expertise — which ranges from writing program administration, to disability studies, to the rhetoric of political economy — around three key nodes; select a tab below to learn more about each node.

The Ph.D. emphasis in rhetoric and writing studies will help students pursue careers in scholarship, teaching and program administration at the college or university level. The emphasis offers a core of work in rhetoric and writing theory coupled with focused study in other fields of English language and literature, with possibilities for interdisciplinary study as well. Select tabs below to view more information on program requirements.

Rhetoric and Critical Theory
Catherine Chaput
Catherine Chaput, Ph.D.
Professor; Director of Graduate Studies
(775) 682-6360
FH 209
4260
Rhetoric and Critical Theory Composition Theory, Pedagogy and Programs
Chris S. Earle
Chris S. Earle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(775) 682-6368
FH
4260 4261
Writing in the Disciplines and Professions Composition Theory, Pedagogy and Programs
William J. Macauley
William J. Macauley, Jr., Ph.D.
Professor
(775) 784-6038
4259 4261
Writing in the Disciplines and Professions Rhetoric and Critical Theory Composition Theory, Pedagogy and Programs
Chris Mays
Chris Mays, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(775) 682-6376
FH
4259 4260 4261
Writing in the Disciplines and Professions Composition Theory, Pedagogy and Programs
Elisabeth Miller
Elisabeth Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, English; Director of Writing and Speaking in the Disciplines
(775) 784-7548
4259 4261
Writing in the Disciplines and Professions Rhetoric and Critical Theory
Lynda C. Olman
Lynda C. Olman, Ph.D.
Professor
(775) 682-6364
FH 217
4259 4260
Composition Theory, Pedagogy and Programs
Todd Ruecker
Todd Ruecker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Director, Core Writing Program
(775) 682-6404
FH 131C
4261
Writing in the Disciplines and Professions Rhetoric and Critical Theory Composition Theory, Pedagogy and Programs
Jim Webber
Jim Webber, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Associate Director, Core Writing Program
(775) 784-6607
FH 225
4259 4260 4261