April 20, 2005

Clancy Ratliff in Minnesota Women's Press

Rhetoric Ph.D. student, Clancy Ratliff, was recently featured in an article on blogs in Minnesota Women's Press. The article cited Clancy's research on gender bias in blogs.

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Posted by rhetoric at 2:14 PM

April 12, 2005

S&TC Students make Dean's List

The following students in the Scientific & Technical Communication
undergraduate program were named to the Dean's List in the College of
Agricultural, Food & Environmental Sciences for Fall Semester. To receive
this honor, students must be registered for 12 or more A/F credits and
achieve a 3.67 GPA.

Courtney Dickinson
Michele Dobson
Nicholas Kraemer
Carol Ann Lindholm
Luca Rescigno
Kari Seppanen
Michelle Walter
Amy Wegner
Tina Wittmer


Posted by rhetoric at 9:44 AM

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 9:36 AM

Rhetoric recognized in Strategic Positioning Task Force report

Two Departments within COAFES are mentioned in today's Task Force
report. Rhetoric is one; we are recognized as part of the "prime nucleus
of effective exemplars" in writing pedagogy and research at the
University of Minnesota.


Thanks to everyone in the Department who contributes to our research,
teaching, and service in this area.

Laura Gurak

Posted by rhetoric at 9:32 AM

Publication, the Public University, and the Public Interest

April 19th, 2005, 8am-3pm, Coffman Memorial Union

[Colleagues: please consider attending. Laura Gurak and John Logie will
be facilitating two of the afternoon sessions.]

"Publication, the Public University, and the Public Interest"

Scholarship means little without publication. But the definitions of
"publication" are undergoing major changes. The digital age has brought
unprecedented opportunities to share research discoveries with a global
audience, prompting a revolution some have compared to post-Gutenberg
times. Yet as the Internet and World Wide Web have unleashed new
resources and capabilities, they have also challenged the conventions of
how research is published and shared. Traditional modes of
publishing--print journals and books--have served scholars for decades.
Today, though, scholars in some disciplines advocate making research
results available through free electronic archives, and some are even
suggesting that universities and funding agencies require "open access"
publishing. Other new publishing genres like blogs have also been
embraced by scholars.

The event is free and open to faculty, staff, and students, but you
must register online at the conference website.


This conference is part of the President's 21st Century
Interdisciplinary Conference Series.

Posted by rhetoric at 9:26 AM

John Logie on MPR

John Logie was on MPR this week, speaking about the peer-to-peer case at
the Supreme Court (MGM v. Grokster). See the link below:


Posted by rhetoric at 9:20 AM