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159. Rhetoric and/of the Job Market

Thursday, 5 January, 7:00–8:15 p.m., 616, WSCC

Program arranged by the Division on the History and Theory of Rhetoric and Composition

Presiding: Michael F. Bernard-Donals, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

Speakers: John Ackerman, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder; Christine R. Farris, Indiana Univ., Bloomington; Wendy Hesford, Ohio State Univ., Columbus; David Laurence, MLA; Roxanne Mountford, Univ. of Kentucky; Patricia Roberts-Miller, Univ. of Texas, Austin

Session Description:

Panelists will examine the state of the job market for PhDs in composition and rhetoric relative to English studies, the relative success on the market of literature students teaching rhetoric and composition (and vice versa), the plaint that rhetoric and composition is a growth field while literature languishes, the nature of academic labor in our field, and the language used to describe openings in the field as symptomatic of larger trends in the academic job market.


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Rhetoric and Rhetorical Theory

  • The Profession – General

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