April 12, 2005

Rhetoric's New Mission Statement

The Department of Rhetoric is committed to excellence in research, teaching, and service related to rhetoric, particularly in its relationship to science and technology. We are dedicated to helping people communicate effectively and responsibly and to studying how communication interacts with culture, politics, and ethics. Many of our faculty have expertise in how scientific and technical knowledge is created, understood, disseminated, and debated by experts and the public in historical and contemporary contexts.

Through exemplary research-based teaching, the department seeks to share its knowledge with a diverse community of learners. Our B.S. and M.S. programs educate scientific and technical communication professionals for careers in business, industry,and government, while our M.A. and Ph.D. programs prepare future faculty for research and teaching in the fields of technical communication, composition, rhetoric,and English. In addition, faculty in the department teach general education courses to students within the college and throughout the university in written, oral, and visual communication and the humanities. In all our educational programs, we strive to foster our students' critical-thinking skills as well as their sense of personal, professional, and civic responsibility.

As a department, we value a multidisciplinary approach to research, teaching, and service; we uphold the principles of academic freedom and integrity; we respect and foster diversity in all its forms; and we strive to provide a collegial and supportive environment for our faculty, students, and staff. Our principal goal is to remain one of the leading programs in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication in the nation.

Posted by rhetoric at April 12, 2005 9:36 AM