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.
We are pleased to announce that we now have a second, larger, conference room--Classroom Office 137. Our large wooden table has been moved up to 137 and will seat approximately 10 people. We have also acquired some additional furniture from the Reuse Center to create a second, more flexible, meeting area in this room. Depending on the configuration, this area could seat 12-20 people.
We'll be rescheduling some of the regular monthly meetings (DGS committee, Undergrad committee) up to Room 137. Also, all future graduate presentations will be scheduled either in a classroom or in Room 137. Please check the 137 calendar for availability and contact a staff person to make your reservation.
Our old conferece room, Classroom Office 55, has also undergone a face lift. A new table and chairs have been ordered and we think you will find it much more comfortable. This room is suitable for meetings of 6-8 people. Larger meetings must now be held in room 137. To reserve room 55, please see the calendar for availabilty and contact a staff member.