Ph.D. Graduates and Dissertations


Adepoju, Olalekan. "Difference in/at the Center": A Transnational Approach for Mobilizing International Multilingual Graduate Writers' Writing Assets during Writing Instruction. Defended: 6/26/2023. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 8/2023.

Day, Cooper. The Forest for the Trees: How a Local Arboretum Shapes Rhetoric and Discourse Surrounding Environmentalism. Defended: 4/12/2023. Director: Stephen Schneider. Degree: 5/2023.

Kilbourne, Susannah C. Author(iz)ing Literacy: A Rhetorical/Historical Analysis of Literacy for College Readiness in Kentucky from KERA to the Common Core (and Beyond). Defended: April 12, 2023. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 5/2023.

Lee, Tobias. Rainforests of the Mind: Conceiving Transnational Composition from a Mobilities Perspective on Knowledge. Defended: 4/7/2023. Director: Bruce Horner. Degree: 5/2023.

Mainaly, Shiva. Non-Western Rendition of Ambient Rhetoric of Khajuraho Monuments. Defended: 6/24/2023. Director: Timothy Johnson. Degree: 8/2023. 

Ray, Caitlin. From 'Smart Talk' to 'Living Well': Commonplaces of Healthcare and their Role in Rare Disease Narratives. Director: Karen Kopelson. Degree: 12/2023.

Smart, Brittany. Rhetorical (De)stabalization during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Director: Mary P. Sheridan. Degree: 12/2023.

Warner, Aubrie. “Long Live Ear X-Tacy!”: An Oral History Study of Rhetorics of Nostalgia and Place. Defended: 6/22/2023. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 8/2023. 


Asmuth, Charlotte. Re-localizing Writing Assessment: Sites of Knowledge Mobilization. Defended: 5/9/2022. Director: Bruce Horner. Degree: 8/2022.

Chang, John. Taiwanese Indigenous Representation, Rhetoric of Resistance, and Heteroglossia in Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq BaleDefended: 5/12/2022. Director: Frank Kelderman. Degree: 8/2022.

Sharp, Joseph. Definitions and Depictions of Rhetorical Practice in Medieval English Fürstenspiegel. Defended: 4/15/2022. Director: Joseph Turner. Degree: 5/2022. 

Smith, Walker. (De)Legitimizing Genres: Rhetoric and Tactical Institutional Critique. Defended: 4/12/2022. Director: Mary P. Sheridan. Degree: 5/2022.

Way, Alex. Rewriting Writing as Transmodal and Translingual: Tranßcribing Japanese. Defended: 7/2/2022. Director: Bruce Horner. Degree: 8/2022.


Boyett, Margaret Ellen. Acting On What We Hear: The Impact Of A Listening Methodology In A Community Literacy Program. Defended: 4/16/2021. Director: Mary P. Sheridan. Degree: 5/2021.

English, Edward. Imagination in Practice: Writing Studies and the Application of Hospitality. Defended 5/27/21. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 8/2021.

Franklin, Joseph. Transnational Writing Program Administration: Mobility, Entanglement, Work. Defended: 4/13/2021. Director: Bruce Horner. Degree: 5/2021.

Jackson, N. Claire. Writing Program Administration at Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Defended: 4/12/2021. Director: Andrea Olinger. Degree: 5/2021.

Newman, Jessica. The Space Between: Listening Within Difference in Writing Center Consultations. Defended 7/2/21. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 8/2021.

Rodriguez, Rachel. A Translingual Approach to the Theory and Practice of Basic Writing. Defended: 4/14/2021. Director: Bruce Horner. Degree: 5/2021.


Scheidler, Christopher. Making Modality: Transmodal Composing In A Digital Media Studio. Defended 7/16/2020. Director: Bruce Horner. Degree: 8/2020.


Baumann, Michael. Do LGBTQ-Identified, Postsecondary Writing Instructors Come Out In Their Classrooms?Defended: 10/14/2019. Director: Karen Kopelson. Degree:12/2019.

Nichols, Amy McCleese. Mapping Rural Literacy Sponsorship Networks: literacy infrastructures and perceptions in Abbyville. Defended: 8/2019. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 8/2019.

Danner, Patrick. Vital Data: Writing and Circulating Data in Non-Profits. Defended: 4/16/2019. Director: Stephen Schneider. Degree: 5/2019.

Day, Michelle L. Wounds and Writing: Building Trauma-Informed Approaches to Writing Pedagogy. Defended: 4/16/2019. Director: Mary P. Sheridan. Degree: 5/2019.

Gordon, Layne Porta. Learning and Laboring: Student-Workers' Networked Experiences of Literacy, Agency, and Mobility in the Neoliberal University. Defended: 4/10/19. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 5/2019.

Hilberg, Jaclyn. Subversive Sponsorship: Organized Literacy Education and the Civil Rights Movement. Defended: 6/17/2019. Director: Stephen Schneider. Degree: 8/2019.

Kumari, Ashanka: Remaking Identities: Perceptions of First-Generation-to-College Rhetoric and Composition PhD Students on Navigating Graduate Study. Defended: 4/15/2019. Directors: Andrea Olinger and Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 5/2019.

Marciniak, Jennifer L. Brokering Words and Work: Complexities of Literacy Sponsorship in the Oilfields of South Texas. Defended: 11/15/2019. Directors: Bronwyn T. Williams and Stephen Schneider. Degree: 12/2019.

Udelson, Jonathan Adam. Character Arcs: Mapping Creative Writers' Trajectories into the Composition Classroom. Defended: 5/9/2019. Directors: Andrea Olinger and Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 8/2019.

Wysocki, RichardThe Emergent Matter of Archives: A Rhetorical Investigation of the Queer Formation of the Williams-Nichols Archive. Defended: 4/5/2019. Director: Karen Kopelson. Degree: 5/2019.


Alvarez, Sara del Pilar. Conciencia Bilingue: The Multilingual and Academic Writing Practices of Undocumented Immigrant Activists. Defended: 4/16/18. Director: Bruce Horner. Degree: 5/2018.

Echols, Khirsten L. "Where History Meets the Future": A Historiographic Exploration of Mississippi: The View From Tougaloo. Defended: 4/6/18. Director: Carol Mattingly.  Degree: 5/2018.

Mathis, Keri Elizabeth. Pens, Print and Pixels: Gendered Writing and the Epistolary Genre in Transitional ErasDefended: 4/17/18. Directors: Debra Journet and Beth A. Boehm. Degree: 5/2018.

Matravers, Laura Sceniak. A Fractured Conversation: The Professional, Scholarly, and Disciplinary Identities of Two-Year College Writing Faculty. Defended: 4/16/18. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 5/2018.

Tetreault, Laura. "We're Asking You to Show Up": Accountability as Rhetorical Practice for Queer, Feminist, and Racial Justice Allyship. Defended: 4/10/18. Director: Karen Kopelson Degree: 5/2018.


Gramer, Rachel. Stories at Work: Restorying Narratives of New Teacher Identity Learning in Writing Studies. Defended: 4/17/2017. Director: Mary. P. Sheridan. Degree: 5/2017.

Hancock, Meghan. New Genres and New Challenges: Five Interdisciplinary Case Studies of Master's Student Writers. Defended: 4/18/2017. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 5/2017.

Hartline, Megan. Aspirations into Action: Navigating Structures for Community Engagement at the University of Louisville. Defended: 4/24/2017. Director: Mary P. Sheridan. Degree: 5/2017.

Holladay, Andrew. Articulating the New Normal(s): Mental Disability, Medical Discourse, and Rhetorical Action. Defended: 6/12/2017. Director: Brenda Brueggemann. Degree: 8/2017.

Kareem, Jamila. A Curriculum of Civic Responsibility: Transitioning Black Students to College-Level Writing. Defended: 5/17/2017. Director: Brenda Brueggemann. Degree: 5/2017.

Ludewig, Ashley. The Military Meets the University: Mapping Issues of Literacy Sponsorship Across Military and Academic Settings. Defended: 4/20/2017. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 5/2017.

Rountree, Travis. Hard to See Through The Smoke: Rhetorical Depictions of the 1912 Hillsville, Virginia Courthouse Shootout in Public and Collective Memory. Defended: 4/19/2017. Director: Stephen Schneider. Degree: 5/2017.


Chamberlain, Elizabeth. "If this Stuff Matters, Why Isn't It Being Shared?": Citations, Hyperlinks and Potential Public Futures of Online Writing in Rhetoric and Composition. Defended: 11/21/16. Director: Mary P. Sheridan. Degree: 12/14/16.

Ferris, Harley. "This Machine Kills Fascists": The Public Pedagogy of the American Folk Singer. Defended 7/19/16. Director: Stephen Schneider. Degree: 8/9/16.

Kelley, Brittany. To My Betas, Endless Chocolate Frogs!: Exploring the Intersections of Emotion, the Body, and Literacy in Online Fanfiction. Defended 12/11/15. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 5/14/16.

Perry, Kathryn. Stories of Single Mothers: Narrating the Sociomaterial Mechanisms of Community Literacy. Defended 4/14/16. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 5/14/16.

Weaver, Stephanie. The Available Means of Imagination: Personal Narrative, Public Rhetoric, and Circulation. Defended: 7/18/16. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 8/9/16.

Winck, Jessica. Amused Teachers and Public Readers: Empathy and Derision in 'Student Blooper' Collections. Defended: 7/28/16. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 8/9/16.


Bardolph, Megan. Language Difference and Expansive Learning: Negotiating Concepts, Contexts, and Identities in Writing-Related Transfer Studies. Defended 5/1/2015. Director: Bruce Horner. Degree: 5/2015.

Bender Smith, Ashly. A Few Good Men and Women: The Rhetorical Constitution of Military Personnel Identity. Defended 3/12/2015. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 5/2015.

Bogart, Benjamin. Doing Time by Conceiving Space: The Rhetorical Cartographies of Imprisoned Writers. Defended 8/11/2015. Director: Stephen Schneider. Degree: 8/2015.

Lueck, Amy. "A Polished, a Practical, or a Profound Education": The Negotiation of (Gendered) Rhetorical Literacies and Higher Learning in Louisville's First Free Public High Schools, 1856-1896. Defended 4/2/2015. Director: Karen Kopelson and Susan Ryan. Degree: 5/2015.

Paudel, Hem Sharma. Mediation in Literacy: Language, Technology, and Modality. Defended 7/28/2015. Director: Bruce Horner. Degree: 8/2015.

Wright, Hollye. Hidden Sites of 'First-Year' Composition: What Do We Mean When We Say 'AP'? The Diversity of Practices in AP English Language and Composition Courses. Defended 3/9/2015. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 5/2015.

Wetherbee, Benjamin. Places in the Polity of Rhetoric: Topoi, Evolution, and the Fragmentation of Discourse. Defended 11/16/2015. Director: Karen Kopelson. Degree 12/2015


Howard, Shannon. "My Watch Begins": Identification and Procedural Rhetoric on Second Screens and Social Networks. Defended 3/3/2014. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 8/2014.

Karega-Mason, Joy. Servants of My People First: An Examination of the Political Literacies of the Black Liberation Front International (BLFI), 1969-1973. Defended: 4/11/2014 Director: Bruce Horner. Degree: 5/2014.

Kilfoil, Carrie. The Language Politics of Doctoral Studies in Rhetoric and Composition: Toward a Translingual Revision of Graduate Education in the Field. Defended 4/14/2014. Director: Bruce Horner. Degree: 5/2014.

Lamsal, Tika. Literacies in Globalized Contact Zones: (Re)imagining Translingual and Transcultural Identities of Bhutanese Refugees in the U.S. Defended: 7/22/2014. Director: Bruce Horner Degree: 8/2014.

Nordquist, Brice. Composing College and Career: Mobility, Complexity and Agency at the Nexus of High School, College and Work. Defended: 6/13/2014 Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 8/2014.

Olson, Barrie. Yours, Mine, and Ours: Confronting the Originality Burden Through Remix and Intertexuality. Defended: 8/6/2014. Director: Debra Journet. Degree: 8/2014

Rose, Kennie. Transfer and the Commodification of Practice. Director: Joanna Wolfe. Degree: 12/2014.

Sobiech, Michael. The Ethos of Conspiracy Argument: 'Character' as Persuader in Conspiracy RhetoricDefended 4/14/2014. Director: Debra Journet. Degree: 5/2014.

Vance, John. Pedagogy: Reconsiderations and Reorientations. Defended 9/17/2013. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 12/2014.

Wiles, Matthew. Prompting Discussion: Writing Prompts, Habits of Mind, and the Shape of the Writing Classroom. Defended 11/5/2014. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 12/2014.

Wilkinson, Caroline. Competing Conceptions of Literacy: Intersections in a Dual Credit Writing Program. Defended 2/14/2014. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 5/2014.


Bou Ayash, Nancy. Translingualism in Post-Secondary Writing and Language Instruction: Negotiating Language Ideologies in Policies and Pedagogical Practices. Defended: 4/17/13. Director: Bruce Horner. Degree: 5/2013.

Corbett, Patrick. Linking the Procedural to the Personal: Gaming Literacies and Their Practice in a Counter-Culture MMORPG. Defended: 12/4/12. Director: Debra Journet. Degree: 5/2013.

Detmering, Laura. Literacy and Identity in Popular and Participatory Culture. Defended: 12/3/12. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 5/2013.

Dietz, Jason. Exploring the Interaction of Explicit, Genre-Based Instruction with Antecedent Genres and Student Engagement. Defended 4/8/13. Director: Debra Journet. Degree: 5/2013.

Dowell, Matthew. Ideologies of Response in Composition Classrooms. Defended 8/1/2013. Director: Bruce Horner. Degree 8/2013.

Mahaffey, Dexter. The Rhetoric of Africa: Historical Turns in Constructing a Continent, 1780-1890. Defended 8/7/2013. Director: Carol Mattingly. Degree: 8/2013.

McGaughey-Summers, Deanna. Navigating the Field: An Examination of Rhetorical Spaces in the Journal of Sex Research. Defended 11/26/2013. Director: Karen Kopelson. Degree 12/2013.

Terry, Robert. Discursive Affordances: Police, Transfer, and the Performance of Identity. Defended 8/2/2013. Director: Joanna Wolfe. Degree: 12/2013.

Williams, Mark Alan. Transformations: Material Terms for Writing on Religion in Composition Classrooms. Defended 04/10/13. Director: Min-Zhan Lu. Degree: 5/2013.


Brazeau, Alicia. Subscribing to Literacy: Writing Instruction in Turn-of-the-Century American Periodicals. Defended 4/2/12. Director: Carol Mattingly. Degree: 5/2012.

Sharma, Ghanashyam. Ideological Tensions, Pedagogical Gaps: Multilingual Engineering Scholars’ Response to Language Variation in Academic Writing. Defended 6/25/12. Director: Joanna Wolfe. Degree: 8/2012.

Roper, Kem. From the “War on Poverty” to Reagan’s “New Right,” What’s in a Name? The Symbolic Significance of the “Welfare Queen” in Politics and Public Discourse. Defended 11/16/12. Director: Debra Journet. Degree: 12/2012.


Arnold, Lisa R. Historiography, Disciplinarity, and the Future(s) of Composition. Defended: 04/11/11. Director: Karen Kopelson. Degree: 5/2011.

Hanly, John P. Being at Home in the University: Locating the Ethical Subject of Composition. Defended 07/13/11. Director: Debra Journet. Degree: 8/2011.

Kraemer Sohan, Vanessa. Thinking Differently about Language Difference: Relocalized Listening. Defended 11/28/11. Director: Bruce Horner & Min-Zhan Lu. Degree: 12/2011.

Leake, Eric. In the Words of Another: On the Promises and Paradoxes of Rhetorics of Empathy. Defended 07/28/11. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 8/2011.

NeCamp, Samantha. The Moonlight Schools: Adult Literacy Education in the Age of Americanization.Defended 3/29/11. Director: Carol Mattingly. Degree: 5/2011.

Rogers, Scott L. Writing Out the Storm: Post-traumatic Pedagogy and the Work of Composition. Defended 3/22/11. Director: Bruce Horner. Degree: 5/2011.

Romesburg, James. Retrograde Movements and the Educational Encounter: Working-Class Adults in First-Year Composition. Defended 07/27/11. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree: 8/2011.


Alexander, Christopher. "Subject to Change": The Composition Course Syllabus and Intersections of Authority, Genre, and Community. Defended 04/12/10. Director: Karen Kopelson. Degree: 05/10.

Blackmon, Philip. Literacy, protest, and empowerment: 19th- & 20th-century African-American letter-writing rhetoric. Defended 4/1/10. Director: Carol Mattingly. Degree 05/10.

Block, Rebecca. Reading Aloud in the Writing Center: A Comparative Analysis of Three Tutoring Methods. Defended 03/29/10. Director: Joanna Wolfe. Degree 05/10.

Britt, Cynthia E. Rachel Carson and Nature as Resource, Object, and Spirit: Identification, Consubstantiality, and Multiple Stakeholders in the Environmental Rhetoric of the Conservation in Action Series. Defended 8/6/10. Director: Debra Journet. Degree: 08/10.

Heintzman, Anne. Insiders or Outsiders?: Post-Reconstruction Institutionally-Sponsored African American Literacy. Defended 03/26/10. Director: Carol Mattingly. Degree: 05/10.

Kiernan, Julia. Cultivating our Mosaic: Understanding the Language Choices of Canadian Immigrant Students. Defended 11/18/10. Director: Bruce Horner. Degree: 12/10.

Allison Egnew SmithWriting in/on the Borderlands: (Basic) Writers and the Writing Center. Defended 8/6/10. Director: Carol Mattingly. Degree: 08/10.

Robinson, Michelle. "Still I rise!": The impact of public discourse on the development of public schools for African Americans in Louisville, Kentucky 1862-1872.Defended 03/03/10. Director: Carol Mattingly. Degree: 05/10.


Adkins, Tabetha. "In the Wor(l)d But Not Of It": Literacy Practices of an Amish Community in Southeast Ohio. Defended 04/06/09. Director: Karen Kopelson. Degree 05/09.

Coaplen-Anderson, Carrie. How Katrina Survivors Write Home: Writing, Identity, and Place. Defended 07/31/09. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree 08/09.

Iancu, Anca. Visible Invisibility: Literacy Practices of Non-English Speaking European-American Immigrant Women (1850-1930). Director: Carol Mattingly. Degree 05/09.

Neaderhiser, Stephen. "Metaphors We Teach By": Representations of Disciplinary and Teacherly Identity. Defended 8/3/09. Director: Karen Kopelson. Degree 08/09.

Otto, Peggy. The Shirt Factory Narratives: Case Studies in Gendered Literacies. Defended 12/8/08. Director: Debra Journet. Degree 05/09.

Ware, Karen. Ultrakinetic Anime Texts: Revisioning Composition Theory and Exploring Visual Rhetoric Pedagogy. Defended 08/11/09. Director: Brian Huot. Degree 08/09.

Wright, Susan. The Discourse of Fan Fiction. Defended 12/05/08. Director: Debra Journet. Degree 05/09.


Borton, Sonya. Multimodal Composing and Academic Literacy: How Instructors and Students Articulate Their Criteria for Multimodal Assignments in First Year Composition. Defended 8/04/08. Director: Joanna Wolfe. Degree 8/08.

Brown, Meredith. Breaking into the Tutor’s Mailbox: An Investigation into Strategies Used in Writing Center Tutorials. Defended 7/14/08. Director: Carol Mattingly. Degree 8/08.

Frost, Alanna. The Literacy Practices of Nazko Women: Composing Culture in a Carrier Community. Defended 6/26/08. Director: Carol Mattingly. Degree 8/08.

Griffin, Jo Ann. Distance Learning Technologies and Writing Center Conferences: a Comparative Analysis of Three Methods for Delivering Consultations at a Distance. Defended 8/04/08. Director: Carol Mattingly. Degree 8/08.

Hamilton, William (Bill). Defining the Margin as Affirmation -- Writing Instruction at Central State University: A History of Empowering Cultural Difference and Effective Learning. Defended 12/05/08. Director: Carol Mattingly. Degree 12/08.

Myatt, Julie. Conglicting Identities? Female Students, Film Representations, and Feminist Composition Pedagogies. Defended 8/04/08. Director: Karen Kopelson. Degree 8/08.

Prys, Rene. A Diagnosis of Power: Writing in the World of Nursing. Defended 4/7/08. Director: Joanna Wolfe. Degree 5/08.


Fleischer, Stephanie: Playing with Identity: The Role of Narrative, Identity, and Literacy in Role-Playing Gaming. Defended 7/9/2007. Director: Debra Journet. Degree 8/07.

Keller, Dan: Literacies in Transition: The Reading Practices of Entering College Students. Defended 3/19/07. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree 5/07.

Pedersen, Anne-Marie: Globalized Research Writing in Jordan: Negotiating English Language and Culture. Defended 4/3/07. Director: Carol Mattingly. Degree 5/07.

Smitherman, Carrie: Oral Histories of the National Writing Centers Association: A Look at Group Dynamics. Defended 11/12/07. Director: Carol Mattingly. Degree 12/07.

Tucker, Marcy: Female Working Class Academics and the Language of the Academy. Defended 5/3/07. Director: Pamela Takayoshi. Degree 5/07.


Alexander, Kara. Literacy Narratives Unveiled: Rhetorical Appeals, Shared Stories, and Social Class. Defended 04/05/06. Director: Joanna Wolfe. Degree 5/06.

Nichols, Dana. Democratizing Diversity: Race, Rhetoric, and Conflict in the University. Defended 04/10/06. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree 5/06.

Pandey, Iswari. Imagined Nations, Re-Imagined Roles: Literacy Practices of South Asian Immigrants. Defended 07/13/06. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree 8/06.

Powell, Elizabeth. Spoken Discourse in Collaborative Writing Groups. Defended 07/07/06. Director: Joanna Wolfe. Degree 8/06.

Skinner, Carolyn. Delicate Authority: Ethos in the Public Rhetoric of Nineteent-Century American Women Physicians. Defended 04/04/06. Director: Carol Mattingly. Degree 5/06.

Toscano, Aaron. Positioning Guglielmo Marconi’s Wireless: A Rhetorical Analysis of a Monumental Early Twentieth Century Technology. Defended 07/07/06. Director: Debra Journet. Degree 8/06.

Thoune, Darci. Act Your Age: Age, Gender, and Instructor Identity in the Composition Classroom. Defended 03/28/06. Director: Bronwyn T. Williams. Degree 5/06.

Wexler, Steven. Rhetorics of Globalism. Defended 09/13/06. Director: Marc Bousquet. Degree 12/06.


Butsch, Richard. Against Fragmentation: The Case for Writing Across the Curriculum in the Community College. Defended 06/22/2005. Director: Professor Tom Van. Degree 08/05.

Carpenter, Richard. You and I/Me and Not-Me: Romantic Love and the Relational Self (A Literacy Study). Defended 11/10/2005. Director: Professor Bronwyn Williams. Degree 12/05.

Crane, Mark. Social Literacies in the Networked Classroom. Defended 07/29/05. Director: Professor Bronwyn Williams. Degree 08/05.

Dick, Rodney. Does Interface Matter?: A Qualitative Study of Web Authoring and Editing by Inexperienced Web Writers. Defended 05/27/05. Director: Professor Geoff Cross. Degree 12/05.

Grady, Kelli. ESL Students and the Complex Practices of Cultural Positioning. Defended 08/02/05. Director: Professor Bronwyn Williams. Degree 08/05.

Hess, Mickey. From Bricks to Billboards: Race, Rhetoric, and the Hip-hop Career. Defended 09/16/2005. Director: Bronwyn Williams. Degree 12/05.


Brown, Jacqueline. Beguiling Beginnings and Dialectical Salvaging: The Presidential Inaugural Speech and African American Leader's Speeches. Defended 06/17/04. Director: Carol Mattingly. Degree 08/04.

Carter, Christopher. Rhetoric and Resistance in the Corporate Academy. Defended 07/15/04. Director: Marc Bousquet. Degree 08/04.

Edgington, Anthony. Reflecting on Teacher Response. Defended 06/15/04. Director: Brian Huot. Degree 08/04.

England, Amy. Teachers' Approaches to Referencing and Plagiarism: Theory and Practice. Defended 06/15/04. Director Brian Huot. Degree 08/04.

Ervin, Christopher. Cultivating Green Ethos: Organic Rhetoric in the Mainstream Market. Defended 06/28/04. Director: Carol Mattingly. Degree 08/04.

Newton, Camille. Discourse Negotiation and Identity Construction in Preparing Future Faculty Programs. Defended 4/15/04. Director: Beth Boehm. Degree 5/04.

Powell, Annette. The Politics of Practice and Meaning: Theorizing Access and Digital Literacy. Defended 4/28/04. Director: Pam Takayoshi. Degree 5/04.

Schweitzer, Leah. Writing in the Crossoads: Examining First-Year Composition and Creative Writing. Defended 4/16/04. Director: Bronwyn Williams. Degree 5/04.

Wills, Katherine. A Study of Technological Literacy in Writing Programs. Defended 4/12/04. Director: Pam Takayoshi. Degree 5/04.


Ghiaciuc, Susan. Shifting Literacies: Investigating Bilingual Latino Children's Literacy Practices. Defended 8/1/03. Director: Brian Huot. Degree 12/03.

Holt, Linda. Portfolios in the Contact Zone: Intersections of Meaning. Defended 4/7/03. Director: Brian Huot, Degree 5/03.

Luebke, Monica. Constructions of the Sophists: "Paths Taken" and "Paths Not Taken". Defended 7/30/03. Director: Mary Rosner. Degree 12/03

Snyder, Laura Bartlett. The Rhetoric and Composition of the Corporate University: Literacy, Labor, and Subjectivity. Defended 9/26/03. Director: Marc Bousquet. Degree 12/03.


Hester, Vicki. Emergent Theories of Assessment and Response: Thinking through Metaphor/Thinking through Theory. Defended 5/28/02. Director: Brian Huot. Degree 8/02.

Popham, Susan. The Intersection of Medicine and Business. Defended 8/3/01. Director: Geoffrey Cross. Degree 5/02.

Scott, Anthony. Dear Reviewer: Reflective Writing as an Institutional Genre. Defended 12/14/01. Director: Debra Journet. Degree 5/02.


Baker, Anthony D. Theorizing Student Reflection in Composition. Defended 7/17/01. Director: Brian Huot. Degree 8/01.

Catalano, Timothy D. Community, Composition, and Curricular Reform: A Learning-Community Case Study. Defended 3/27/01. Director: Julia Dietrich. Degree 5/01.

Hall, Robert Mark. The "Oprahfication" of Literacy: Reading Oprah's Book Club. Defended 6/26/01. Director: Debra Journet. Degree 8/01.

Neal, Michael R. The Real Costs of Writing Assessment: Validity, Technologies, and Social Consequences, Defended 6/26/01. Director: Brian Huot. Degree 8/01.

Phillips, Cassandra Mach. The Politics of Constructing, Enacting, and Measuring Community Literacies: An Instructors "Elastic Environment". Defended 4/16/01. Director: Brian Huot. Degree 5/01.

Pounds, Buzz R. Student/Teacher T(t)heories of Writing and Language. Defended 8/17/01. Director: Brian Huot. Degree 12/01.


Gresham, Sallie Morgan. Feminist Dialectics: Mapping the Landscape of Computer-Mediated Conversation. Defended 8/18/99, Director: Pam Takayoshi. Degree 12/00.

Mulder, Mary M. Toward a Theory of Ethical Values in Freshman Composition: The Contribution of the Liberal Arts Tradition. Defended 12/6/99. Director: Debra Journet. Degree 5/00.

Powell, Katrina M. Crossing Boundaries: Self-representation Across Multiple Genres - An Activity Theory Analysis. Defended 5/10/00. Director: Debra Journet. Degree 5/00.

Ramey, John "Jack" W. The Confluence of Visual and Verbal Rhetoric: Toward a Pedagogical Theory of the Imagetext. Defended 6/23/00. Director: Pam Takayoshi. Degree 8/00.

Schendel, Ellen E. Writing Assessment as Social Action. Defended 5/11/00. Director: Brian Huot. Degree 5/00.


Cauthen, Cramer "Randy" R. Threshold Questions: An Ethnography of a Beginning Legal Writing Course. Defended 5/10/99. Director: Brian Huot. Degree 8/99.

Goodwill, Sanoma I. Revision Processes of Upper-Division Undergraduates in Three Content Courses. Defended 5/13/99. Director: Dennis Hall. Degree 8/99.


Butsch, Pamela. Revitalizing Basic Writing With a Pedagogy of Play. Defended 11/17/98. Director: Julia Dietrich. Degree 12/98.

Cox, Gary. An Investigation of the Historical Warrants for the Oral/Literate Paradigm. Defended 4/29/98. Director: Mary Ellen Rickey. Degree 5/98.

Egginton, Wynn. The Negotiation of Authority in "Empowering" Classrooms: Case Studies of composition Instructors. Defended 3/5/98. Director: Julia Dietrich. Degree 5/98.

Harper, Todd. Revolution or Colonialism: The Role of English Studies in the Writing Across the Curriculum Movement. Defended 8/28/98. Director: Brian Huot. Degree 8/98.

Kreth, Melinda. Writing, Learning, and Persuading: The Experiences of Women Engineering Co-op Students. Defended 7/15/98. Director: Debra Journet. Degree 8/98.

Mathison-Fife, Jane. Writing, Cultural Critique and Rhetorical Positioning in a First-Year Composition Class. Defended 7/27/98. Director: Debra Journet. Degree 8/98.

Moore, Cynthia L. Re-Writing the Academy: Issues of Voice, Identity, and Authority in the Feminist Composition Classroom. Defended 6/8/98. Director: Julia Dietrich. Degree 8/98.

O'Neill, Peggy A. Writing Assessment and the Disciplinary Formation of Composition. Defended 7/23/98. Director: Brian Huot. Degree 8/98.

Payne, Scott. Student Writers and Audience Heteroglossia in the First-Year Classroom. Defended 8/21/98. Director: Debra Journet. Degree 8/98.

Pfeffer, Carole. Conceptions/Definitions of Literacy in Secondary Teacher Education for English Majors: A Case Study. Defended 6/26/98. Director: Brian Huot. Degree 8/98.

Sewell, Lauren. First-Year Teaching Assistants and the Web of Authority Negotiation. Defended 8/20/98. Director: Debra Journet. Degree 8/98.


El Rouaiheb, Diane. Argumentation as Self-Negotiation: (Re)considering Argument for the Feminist Classroom. Defended 11/7/97. Director: Julia Dietrich. Degree 12/97.

Johnson, Thomas R. Composing Pleasure. Defended 1/24/97. Director: Thomas Byers. Degree 5/97.

McEachern, Robert W. Grant writing in an Arts Organization: A Sociocognitive Inquiry. Defended 5/7/97. Director: HildyMiller. Degree 5/97.

Wu, Ruoyi. Genre/Culture Relations: Self Presentation in Autobiographical Writing of ESL Students. Defended 5/14/97. Director: Hildy Miller. Degree 12/97.


Conway, Glenda. Discourse in the Judicial Opinion: A Bakhtinian Approach to Voice and Ideology in U.S. Supreme Court Opinions. Defended 6/28/96. Director: Debra Journet. Degree 8/16/96.

Lloyd, Keith S. Argument, Logic, and Reasoning: Implications Within Toulmin's Model and Feminist Understandings. Defended 7/15/96. Director: Julia Dietrich. Degree 8/16/96.

Young, Sandra G. Nursing Students and Creative Writing. Defended 5/8/96. Director: Dennis Hall. Degree 5/96.


Callahan, Susan F. State Mandated Writing Portfolios and Accountability: An Ethnographic and Case Study of One High School English Department. Defended 7/11/95. Director: Brian Huot. Degree 8/18/95.

Davis, Frank A. A Study in Global Coherence for the Teacher of Composition. Defended 11/4/94. Director: Dennis Hall. Degree 8/18/95.

Detweiler, Jane A. Narrative Rhetorics: 'Storied' Inquiry and Research Identity in Naturalistic Studies. Defended 12/95, Director: Debra Journet. Degree 12/95.

Edwards, Lynnell Major. Ethos, Resistance and Writing: Student Authority in the Multicultural Classroom. Defended 4/7/95. Director: Debra Journet. Degree 5/13/95.

Richmond, Michael D. Isocrates' Panegyricus and the Argument of Poverty and War. Defended 2/10/95. Director: Thomas Van. Degree 5/13/95.

Strain, Margaret M. Toward a Historiography of Composition, 1960 - 1970. Defended 8/9/95. Director: Debra Journet, Degree 8/18/95.


Myers, Marshall. A Syntactic and Rhetorical Analysis of Selected Annual Reports.Director: Geoffrey A. Cross. Degree 1994.

Shiffman, Betty L. Toward a Feminist Model of Evaluating Student Text. Director: B. Boehm. Degree 12/94. Houchens Award-Winning Dissertation.


Capodanno, Joseph C. A Rhetorical Examination of Adversus Haereses. 1993.

Henning, Martha Louise. The Faculty Psychology of George Campbell as Reflected in Works by Four Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: Warner, Stowe, Stephens, and Southworth. 1993.


Brueggemann, Brenda Jo. Context and Cognition in the Composing Processes of Two Deaf Student Writers. 1992.

Mattingly, Carol. Social Warrants and Classroom Practices. 1992, Dean's Citation Award Winning Dissertation.

Stefater, Sharon Gardner. A Study of Revision Strategies Employed by High School Students Using Word Processing in a Process-Oriented Writing Class. 1992.

West, Elizabeth. Male Characters in Toni Morrison's First Five Novels: The Arduous Quest for Self and Community. August 1992


Farmer, Frank Marion. Dialogic Imitation. 1991.

Greenberg, Ruth Barbara. A Contextual Study of Co-Authoring in Medical Writing. 1991.

Nelson, Sally Furber. Influences on Composition at the Community Colleges. 1991.

Nichols, Celeste M. The Rhetorical Structure of the Traditional Black Church. 1991.

Stacey, David Edward. Kenneth Burke's Comic-Ironic "Attitude" and the Defeat of Expectation in the Writing Program: A Redescription of the Conversation Model. 1991.

Weidner, Heidemarie Z. Coeducation and Jesuit Ratio Studiorum in Indiana. 1991.


Glover, Carl. Kairos and Composition: Modern Perspectives on an Ancient Idea. 1990.

Roach, Timothy Lynn. Rhetoric and Dialectic in Reformation Anglican Homiletics. 1990.


Broaddus, Dorothy C. Moral Sense Theory in the History of Rhetoric. 1989.

Dutton, Sandra. Writing as Sculpting: An Affective, Structural Model. 1989.

Schryer, Catherine Foy. An Ethnographic Study of Literacy at a Veterinary College: A Consultancy Model of Research. 1989.


Gibson, Sharon Slaton. Classroom Communities and Global Coherence: A Sociocognitive Model for Composition Theory, Pedagogy, and Research. 1988.

Phillips, Donna Burns. Persona, Voice, and Style: Their Place and Treatment in Current Composition Theory and Curriculum. 1988.


Martin, Wanda. A Study of Reader Process in the Evaluation of English Placement Essays. 1987.

Royar, Robert Delius, Jr. Designing Software and Using Computer Networks to Teach Basic Writing. 1987.

Soffree-Cady, Flore Frederique. A Pedagogical Theory and Practice for College Writing Courses and Writing Across the Curriculum Courses: A Social Constructionist Perspective on Learning Through Argument. 1987.


Anderson, Karen Hunter. A Synthesis of Rhetoric and Grammar in an English as a Second Language Writer's Handbook. 1986.

Buckler, Patricia Prandini. The Fourteenth Century Environment ofDiscourse: Rhetoric and Imagination in Chaucer's Audience. 1986.

Morehead, Maureen. The Fantasies it Takes: A Collection of Original Poems. April 1986.

Rhodes, Georgia. Literature and Composition: Using Michael Riffaterre's Concept of Ungrammaticality to Relate Text and Context in the Process of Interpretation. 1986.

Seekamp, Warren B. A Cognitive Learning Model Pedagogy to Teach Basic Writers to Write. 1986.

Spurlock, John Howard. A Sociocultural and Rhetorical Analysis of Jesse Stuart's Fiction. 1986.


Adams, Elissa. Joint Authorship: A Pedagogical Methodology to Increase Awareness of Audience. 1985.

Besser, Mary Pamela. The Revision Strategies of College Sophomores: Six Case Studies. 1985.

Dalton, Marcia. Halfway Home: A Collection of Original Poems. April 1985.

Hatchett, Judie. Identity, Autonomy, and Exploration of Failure in the Fiction of Katerine Anne Porter. December 1985


Arrington, Phillip. Tropes, Invention, and the Composing Process. 1984.

Hall, Christine K. Writing as a Prereading Role-Playing Exercise to Increase the Reading Comprehension of Remedial College Students. 1984.

Lewis, Dorothy P. The Role in Interest in Students' Writing Fluency and the Quality of the Product. 1984.

Roskelly, Hephzibah. How Readers Become Writers: Literary Interpretation as a Composing Process. 1984.


Cooley, Michael E. Intentionality in Literary Critical Theory and in Pedagogical Methodology. 1983.

Reavley, Katharine R. Writing as a Way of Knowing: Expressive Discourse as a Means of Inquiry and Response in College Composition. 1983.


Calhoun-French, Diane. "Mr. Popular Sentiment": A Study of the Novels of Charles Dickens as Best-Selling Social Melodramas. November 1982.

Houlette, Forrest Thomas. A Regression Model of the Grading Process Employing Variables Drawn from the Theory of Given and New Information. 1982.

Naslund, Alan. The Montana Face: A Collection of Short Stories. March 1982.


Grissom, Margaret. The Lapidary Tradition and Seventeenth-Century English Poetry. May 1981.

Helgeson, Susan. Readers Reading John Fowles' Daniel Martin: An Experimental Study of Reading as a Composing Process. 1981.

Henson, Gail. A Holy Desperation: The Literary Quest for Grace in the Reformed English Tradition from John Bale to John Bunyan. December 1981.

Watson, Thomas. Perversions, Originals, and Redemptions: Typological Patterns Underlining Theme in Paradise Lost Based Upon Augustine's De Civitate Dei. July 1981.


Anderson, Daryll. Satires of Science in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. May 1980.

Hall, Susan. Victorian and Edwardian Hellenism and E.M. Forster's Fiction: Idylls and Odes. May 1980


Bell, Elizabeth. Henry Miller and Kay Boyle: The Divided Stream in American Expatriate Literature, 1930-1940. August 1979.

Shults, Terrance. The Shadow of Reading Gaol: The Aesthetic-Ethic Motif in the Novels of Wilde, Firbank, Wain and Amis. May 1979.


Badley, Linda. The Tailor-Artist: George Meredith and the Parodic Mode. December 1977.

Shaw, Jean. A Native of the James Family. May 1977.


Lorch, Sue. Medical Theory and Renaissance Tragedy. December 1976.

Schneider, Carolyn. The Problem Comedies: Shakespeare's Satiric Experiment. December 1976.

Williams, Garner. Cavorting on the Devil's Fork: The Pete Whetstone Letters of C. F. M. Noland. May 1976.