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Program Home: PhD in Rhetoric, CMU Edit

Faculty Areas of Specialization: Edit

Carlos, Claudia Assistant History of rhetoric, with special emphasis on the connection between argumentation and style, the rhetoric of indirection, and seventeenth-century European rhetoric
Flower, Linda Professor Cognitive rhetoric; i
Hopper, Paul Professor Connections between rhetoric (discourse) and grammar (linguistic structure)
Ishizaki, Suguru Associate Developing tools for communication design; problems and opportunities associated with the design of digital communication media
Johnstone, Barbara Professor "Discourse studies," at the intersection of rhetoric, linguistics, and critical theory. Persuasive styles and strategies in the Middle East, narrative in the American heartland, the forms and functions of repetition in language, and the role of the individual in language and linguistics.
Kaufer, David S. Professor Qualitative and quantitative theories of rhetoric, writing and written information. Co-chairs an interdisciplinary masters program between English and the School of Design in the College of Fine Arts
Neuwirth, Chris Professor Developing theory- and research-based computer tools for reading and writing, as well as conducting empirical research that explores the effects of those tools
Ritvoi, Andreea Deciu Associate Rhetorical theory, rhetoric of science, intellectual history, and intercultural communication
Schnakenberg, Karen Rossi Professor History of writing instruction and English Departments, curriculum design, and the teaching of writing
Steinberg, Erwin R. Emeritus
Wetzel, Danielle Zawodny Assistant All things related to the teaching and assessment of reading and writing—especially at the intersection of rhetoric, applied linguistics, and composition
Wynn, James Assistant Intersection of science, mathematics, and rhetoric

Graduates: Edit

From the CMU website:

Since its inception in 1980, the Ph.D. program in Rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University has been preparing its graduates for positions at universities around the U.S. Of fifty-five Carnegie Mellon Rhetoric Ph.D.s, thirty-three hold or are retired from tenured or tenure-track positions and eight hold full-time university lecturer or research positions. Carnegie Mellon graduates are members of the faculty of English, rhetoric, and communications departments at these institutions, among others:
Arizona State University
Carnegie Mellon University
Colorado State University
Drexel University
Eastern Michigan University
Iowa State University
Kent State University
Louisiana State University
New Mexico State University
North Carolina State University
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic University
Rollins College
Texas Tech
The University of Colorado at Denver
The University of Idaho
The University of Memphis
The University of Notre Dame
The University of Pittsburgh
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Utah
The University of Wisconsin
Washington State University
York University (Toronto) Youngstown State University
Eight Carnegie Mellon Ph.D.s are researchers in government and industry, working for corporations and organizations such as Microsoft, Bell Northern Research (Canada), the Centers for Disease Control, the Bureau of Land Management, the Veterans' Administration Pittsburgh Healthcare System, and Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories.
Other Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. graduates teach part time or have careers in community service. In short, our graduates have helped to define the field of rhetoric in the U.S. and have proven themselves marketable in both traditional and nontraditional settings.

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