Doctor of Philosophy in English Rhetoric and Composition

Major: ERC
Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Unit: GA
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/english/graduate/doctorate-in-rhetoric-and-composition.html

Program Information

Mission Statement

The Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition provides graduate training in the history and theory of rhetoric; theory and empirical research in composition; an area of literary study; and the relation of rhetoric and composition to allied fields (e.g., critical theory, cultural studies, linguistics). Goals for the Ph.D. are that students will 1) gain specialized and current disciplinary knowledge; 2) write a dissertation in which they initiate and complete specialized research that addresses an original and significant question in rhetoric and composition; 3) acquire experience and expertise as writing teachers.

Admission Procedures

Application Due: January 5 - fall admission only

All applicants should submit:

  1. Online Graduate Application.
  2. A written statement of no more than 1,000 words detailing the applicant's professional goals in the field of rhetoric and composition.
  3. Complete official transcripts of all college level work.
  4. Three academic letters of recommendation.
  5. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test (From within the last 5 years).
  6. Critical writing sample (15-20 pages).
  7. Application for Graduate Teaching Assistantship.
  8. International students must submit scores of at least 600 (paper test) or 210 (computer test) on the TOEFL Examination; IELTS scores are also considered in lieu of the TOEFL.

Curriculum

All doctoral students are expected to complete a minimum of 45 graduate credit hours; demonstrate proficiency in one language other than English; successfully complete the Modern and Contemporary Rhetoric and Composition exam and the Specified Literature Area exam; complete and defend a dissertation; and participate in a year-long supervised teaching-internship. (Graduate teaching assistants automatically fulfill the professional requirement once they have completed one successful year as a graduate teaching assistant.) More information on requirements can be found in the English Department Graduate Program Guidelines.

Faculty

David R. Anderson

Associate Professor

S. Matthew Biberman

Professor

Dale B. Billingsley
Professor

Acting Executive Vice President and University Provost

Beth Boehm
Professor
Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs
Thomas B. Byers

Professor Emeritus

Karen M. Chandler

Associate Professor

Amy Clukey

Assistant Professor

Geoffrey A. Cross

Professor Emeritus

Julia C. Dietrich
Professor

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

Lucy M. Freibert

Professor Emerita

Alan C. Golding

Professor

Susan M. Griffin
Professor

Distinguished University Scholar

Paul F. Griner

Professor

Karen C. Hadley

Professor

Dennis R. Hall

Professor Emeritus

Suzette A. Henke

Professor Emerita

Bruce M. Horner
Professor
Endowed Chair in Rhetoric and Composition
Timothy Johnson

Assistant Professor

Debra S. Journet

Professor Emerita

Karen Kopelson
Assistant Professor

University Distinguished Teaching Professor

Min-Zhan Lu

Professor Emerita

Deborah Lutz
Professor

Morton Chair

Carol J. Mattingly

Professor Emerita

Kristi Maxwell

Assistant Professor

Fran McDonald

Assistant Professor

Robert Miller

Professor Emeritus

Karen Mullen

Associate Professor Emerita

Andrea Olinger

Assistant Professor

Kiki Petrosino
Associate Professor

Director of Creative Writing

Andrew Rabin
Associate Professor

Vice Chair

Harold E. Richardson

Professor Emeritus

Mary Ellen Rickey

Professor Emerita

Glynis Ridley
Professor

Department Chair

Mary I. Rosner

Associate Professor

Susan M. Ryan

Associate Professor

Stephen Schneider
Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

Mary P. Sheridan

Professor
Director of the Thomas R. Watson International Conference on Rhetoric and Composition

Jeffrey T. Skinnery

Professor Emeritus

Hristomir Stanev
Assistant Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ian Stansel

Assistant Professor

Joseph Turner

Assistant Professor

A. Elizabeth Willey
Associate Professor

Director of Composition

Bronwyn T. Williams
Professor

Director of University Writing Center

Elaine O. Wise

Assistant Professor

Thomas A. Van

Professor Emeritus