Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Composition - Completed Dissertations and Job Placement

2020

Crosby, Aubrey, “News Media Representation of The Dakota Access Pipeline Protest (A Study Using Systemic Functional Linguistics).” https://etd.ohiolink.edu/apexprod/rws_olink/r/1501/10?p10_etd_subid=186252&clear=10 Dissertation Director: Patricia Dunmire.

Flick, Amy, Dissertation Title: “(Re)Defining Risk: An Examination of Harm Reduction Discourse and Language.”  https://etd.ohiolink.edu/apexprod/rws_olink/r/1501/10?p10_etd_subid=187994&clear=10 Dissertation Director: Pamela Takayoshi. Dr. Flick currently has a faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh.

Lawrence, Sarah Mary,  Dissertation Title: “A Rhetoric of Self-Injury: Establishing Identity and Representing the Body in Online Self-Injury Forums.” https://etd.ohiolink.edu/apexprod/rws_olink/r/1501/10?p10_etd_subid=188003&clear=10 Dissertation Director: Sara Newman.

Lee, Yvonne Renee,“Writing Toward Expert: The Writing Center's Role in the Development of Graduate Writers.” https://etd.ohiolink.edu/apexprod/rws_olink/r/1501/10?p10_etd_subid=184337&clear=10 Dissertation Director: Pamela Takayoshi.

Matus, Lauren A, Judging Knowledge: Conceptions of Literacy at UNESCO during the United Nations Literacy Decade 2003-2012 https://etd.ohiolink.edu/apexprod/rws_olink/r/1501/10?p10_etd_subid=184495&clear=10 Dissertation Director: Sara Newman

Rowell, Christina Elizabeth, “Capturing the Dynamic Whole: Multimodal Composing Processes of Fashion Design Students.” https://etd.ohiolink.edu/apexprod/rws_olink/r/1501/10?p10_etd_subid=184184&clear=10 Dissertation Director: Derek Van Ittersum.

Sharier, Jason A, “Conceptualizing Composition: How College-writers (and Instructors) Use Figurative Thinking to Conceptualize, Acquire, and Enact Literacy.” https://etd.ohiolink.edu/apexprod/rws_olink/r/1501/10?p10_etd_subid=184371&clear=10 Dissertation Director: Sara Newman.

2019

 

2018

George, Barbara, "Literate Practices: Public Deliberations about Energy and Environmental Risks." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent151862509603715. Advisor: Pamela Takayoshi. Dr. George is an Assistant Professor (TT) at Kent State University, Stark Campus, in North Canton, Ohio.

2017

Laffey, Seth Edward, "The Letters of Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Digital Edition (1889-1895)." Advisor: Paul Gaston. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1499369594701871. Dr. Laffey is an Assistant Professor of English at the American University in Dubai.

MacDonald, Sarah Nicole, "Working Women's Life Writing and Authorial Competency." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1511353472506823. Advisors: Margaret Shaw and Sara Newman.

2016

Baker, Alexis, "Identity and resistance: Understanding representations of ethos and self in women's Holocaust texts." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1469715753. Advisor: Sara Newman. Dr. Baker is a full-time Instructor in the English and Communications Faculty at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland.

Greve, Curt, "Reading beyond the folder: Classroom portfolio assessment as a literacy event." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1467129338. Advisor: Brian Huot.

2015

Byrne, Kathryn, "The give and take of peer review: Utilizing modeling and imitation." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1438036070. Advisor: Sara Newman. Dr. Byrne is the Writing Center Director at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.

Corey, Jessica, "Literate artifacts and psychosocial compositions: Feminist activism's composing, archiving, and revising of social narratives." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1448646252. Advisor: Pam Takayoshi. Dr. Corey is an Assistant Teaching Professor and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies at Syracuse University in New York.

Goldstein, Dayna, "A MacDonald's sentence style disciplinary analysis of honors theses in three genres." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1448903384. Advisor: Ray Craig. Dr. Goldstein is an Instructor in the Writing and Linguistics program at Georgia Southern University.

McCracken, Christopher, "Mess management in microbial ecology: Rhetorical processes of disciplinary integration." http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1441216323. Advisor: Derek Van Ittersum. Dr. McCracken is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse.

2014

Johnson, Seth, "History, myth and secularism across the borderlands: The work of Michael Chabon." Advisor: Lewis Fried. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1392155557. Dr. Johnson is an Instructor in the English Departments at Kent State University and Cleveland State University.

Krishnan, Uma, "A cross cultural study of the literacy practices of the Dabbawalas: Towards a new understanding of nonmainstream literacy and its impact on successful business practices." Advisor: Brian Huot. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1416312472. Dr. Krishnan is a Professor in the English Department at Kent State University.

Sloan, Phillip, "Assembling the identity of 'writer.'" Advisor: Sara Newman. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1416523281. Dr. Sloan is an Associate Professor of English at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Povozhaev, Lea, "Addiction rhetoric: Conceptual metaphors in conversational illness narratives." Advisor: Sara Newman. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1406720653. Dr. Povozhaev is an Instructor in the English Department at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio.

Wagoner, Elizabeth, "Interpreting the multimodal novel: A new method of textual scholarship." Advisor: Ray Craig. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1416406231. Dr. Wagoner is an Instructor in the English Department at Kent State University.

2013

Oztan, Meltem, "Indelible Legacies: Transgenerational Trauma and Therapeutic Ancestral Reconciliation in KindredThe Chaneysville IncidentStigmata and The Known World."  Advisor: Willie H. Harrell. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1375031855. Dr. Oztan-Meli is a member of the faculty for the Office of International Affairs and Global Strategies at the University of Central Florida. 

Hanes, Stacie, "The sense and sensibility of the 19th-Century fantastic." Advisors: Kathe Davis and Margaret Shaw. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1382975086. Dr. Hanes is an Adjunct Instructor at Youngstown State University. 

Hall, Alexander C. O., "Reel Hope: Literature and the Utopian Function of Adaptation." Advisor: Willie Harrell, Jr. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=kent1372450824. Dr. Hall is an Adjunct Instructor at Kent State University. 

Barbara Karman, Kent State University Director: Sara Newman 19th Women and Humor: The Emergence of Feminist Humor.

Lindsay Steiner, University of Wisconsin LaCrosse Director: Pamela Takayoshi The Available Means of Design: A Rhetorical Investigation of Professional Multimodal Composing. 

Yvonne Teems Stephens, Hofstra University Director: Pamela Takayoshi The Discursive Construction of Identity and the Body by Members of a Senior Center Yoga Class.  

2012

Courtney Werner, Hope College Director: Pamela Takayoshi Disciplining New Media: Rhetoric and Composition's Disciplinary Development through the Case of New Media 2000-2010.

Nicole Caswell, Eastern Carolina University Director: Brian Huot Reconstructing Emotion: Understanding the Relationship between Teachers' Emotions and Teachers' Response Practices.

Holly Wells, East Stroudsburg University Director: Sara Newman Picture a Scientist: A Visual Rhetoric Approach to the Problem of Gender Disparity in Stem Fields.

Jennifer Cunningham, Kent State University, Stark Director: Brian Huot "jus showin sum luv 2 yo page!": The Features, Functions, and Implications of Digital African American Language.

Diana Awad Scrocco, Youngstown State University Director: Sara Newman An Examination of the Literate Practices of Resident Physicians and Attending Physician Preceptors in a Residential-Run Internal Medicine Clinic.

Jill Hawkins Director: Pamela Takayoshi Sounds Write: Embracing Multimodal Texts as Literate Composition.

Melissa Selby, Stark State University Director: Ray Craig Expanding the Definition of Multimodality: Identifying Key Processes in Students' Designing.

2011

Sigrid Streit, Pennsylvania State University Director: Sara Newman Gesture and Rhetorical Delivery: The Transmission of Knowledge in Complex Situations.  

John Oddo, Carnegie Mellon University Director: Christina Haas Traversing the 24-Hour News Cycle: A Busy Day in the Rhetorical Life of a Political Speech.

Patrick Thomas, University of Dayton Director: Pamela Takayoshi A Discourse-Based Analysis of Literacy Sponsorship in New Media: The Case of Military Blogs.

Elizabeth Tomlinson, West Virginia University Director: Sara Newman Conceptualizing Audience in Digital Invention.

Jillian Hill, University of Houston Director: Ray Craig Collaborative writing activities at Midwest Utility.

Yuri Maziev Director: Ray Craig A Vygotskian Critique of Current Writing Theory

2010

Emily Wierszewski, Seton Hill University Director: Ray Craig A Readerly Eye: Teachers Reading Student Multimodal Texts.

Dirk Remley, Kent State University Director: Brian Huot This Community's Literacy has been Sponsored by....: An Historical Case Study of the Literate Impact of the Boomtown Arsenal on the Community of Fieldview, Ohio from 1940-1960.

2009

Lewis Caccia, Jr. Director: Sara Newman Risk Communication in the Workplace: An Analysis of Communications Toolkits as Rhetoric Practice.

Christa Teston, The Ohio State University Director: Christina Haas Deliberative Decision-Making in One Medical Workplace Setting.

Chad Wickman, Auburn University Director: Christina Haas Displays of Knowledge: Text Production and Medial Reproduction in Scientific Practice.

2008

Jeffrey Perry, Indiana University Southeast Director: Brian Huot Institutional Cunning: Writing Assessment as Social Reproduction.

2007

David Overby, Bellarmine University Director: Christina Haas Verifying Web-Based Information: Investigating Professional Communicator's Online.

2006

Kenneth Marunowski Director: Christina Haas The Euro: An Ethnography of Inscription and Incorporation.

Kathryn Weiss, Salem Community College Director: John Ackerman Reconceiving Material Rhetoric: Literacy Beyond Language at Kent State's May 4 Memorial.

2004

Hunter Stephenson, University of Houston Clear Lake Director: Stephen P. Witte Kairos, Production, and Writing.

2003

Kerrie Farkas, Millersville University Director: Christina Haas Deliberative Rhetoric in the Civic Arena: A Taxonomy of Discourse in a Local City Government.