Joseph Turner

Assistant Professor
Email: joseph.turner @
Phone: 502-852-3055
Office Hours: Fall Term: T/Th 3:45-5:15 and by appointment



Professor Turner earned his PhD in the history of Roman and medieval rhetoric and poetics from the University of Delaware in 2014. His work looks at the relationship between classical and medieval rhetorical theory and literary production, spanning from Cicero and Saint Augustine in the classical world to Geoffrey of Vinsauf, Geoffrey Chaucer, and the Gawain-poet in the medieval. He is also interested in visual rhetoric and graphic novels. He has taught courses in composition, graphic novels, and the teaching of writing.

Courses Taught

Credit may not be received for both 102 and 105. Open only to exceptionally qualified students who have been notified of their eligibility. Completion discharges the general education requirement for two terms of freshman composition. Extensive practice of writing and reading, with several assignments requiring research.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105. Focuses on responding to differing rhetorical situations at an advanced level in appropriate modes for diverse audiences. Emphasizes creating and revising several substantial writing projects. Develops critical reading and writing abilities in multiple genres.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105. Note: A maximum of 6 hours in special topics may be counted toward the major. Topics to be announced in the schedule of courses.
Prerequisite ENGL 300 or ENGL 309 or ENGL 310, or consent of instructor. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Introduction to the theory, research, and practice that informs the effective teaching of writing.


Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Delaware

Teaching Areas

Rhetoric and composition; Writing Pedagogy; Graphic Novels; Medieval Literature

Research Interests

History of Rhetoric; Roman and Medieval Rhetoric; History of the Discipline; Medieval Literature