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Graduates with degrees in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Utah have an excellent job placement record. In fact, all of our graduates have secured tenure track positions at a number highly-regarded universities and colleges, including Utah Valley State University, University of Southern Mississippi, Texas State University--San Marcos, Brigham Young University, and Montana State University to name a few.

Nicole Clawson, 2024 (WRS)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University

Flexible Identity and Ideology: Rhetorical Narratives of Rural Law Enforcement Officers

Pietera Fraser, 2024 (WRS)

Assistant Professor, Temple University - Japan

Multilingual Meditations: International Students' Identities and Experiences with Linguistic Diversity in Mindful First-Year Writing

Donald Penner, 2024 (WRS)

Assistant Professor, Cochise Community College

Claiming the Folk Concept: Narratives about the Profession of Teaching Literacy at Two-Year Colleges

Nkenna Onwuzuruoha, 2023 (WRS)

Assistant Professor, Cal State Fresno

Fighting Words with Fists: Violence, Blame, and Vilification in the Gater Incident

Estée Crenshaw, 2023 (WRS)

Assistant Professor, Utah Valley University

Waka poetry as premodern Japanese rhetoric

Marsha Maxwell, 2022 (COMM)

Adjunct Instructor, Brigham Young University

GMO labeling in the public sphere

Nina (YuXiao) Feng, 2022 (ENGL)

Inclusive pedagogy specialist, Center for Teaching & Learning, University of Utah

Complex translations in the composition classroom: Anti-racist game-based learning

Charissa Che, 2019 (ENGL)

Assistant Professor, Queensborough Community College

Reclaiming Pretty Girl: A Critical Reflection on Heritage Chinese Voices, Identities, and Third Places.                    

Jennifer Courtney, 2019 (ENGL)

Associate Professor,Salt Lake Community College

Expanding the Highlander story: Indexicality, racial logics, and rhetorical intervention at the Highlander Folk School (1932-1961).

Justin Whitney, 2018 (ECS)

Assistant Professor, SUNY-Delhi

Negotiated continuity: Korean international students and the American community college.

Rae Gee Meads, 2017 (ECS)

East Carolina University

Secreted pedagogies: Body Langauging and the navigation of the traumatizing space of the first-year composition classroom.

Erin Jensen, 2017 (ECS)

Assistant Professor, Great Basin College, NV

Figured worlds: Chinese international students’ experience in first-year composition courses.

Amy Williams, 2017 (COMM)

Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University

“As a writer, I’ve had quite the adventure”: Product, process, and affect in an institute for student writers.

Tiffany Kinney, 2017 (ENGL)

Assistant Professor, Colorado Mesa University

Cultivating Legitimacy in a Religious Context: A Pan-Historical Analysis of Mormon Feminism.

Sarah Bell, 2015 (COMM)

Assistant Professor, Michigan Tech University


Jessie Richards, 2015 (COMM)

Assistant Professor/Lecturer, University of Utah School of Business

Human rights as living practice: On the ground discourses of everyday trauma and the aftermath of the Bosnian War.

Aaron Philips, 2015 (COMM)

Assistant Professor/Lecturer, University of Utah School of Business

Bordered bioregions: The rhetorical categorization of gray wolf reintroduction and recovery.

Susan Sample, 2015 (COMM)

Assistant Professor/Lecturer School of Medicine, University of Utah

Necrography: A new corpus of death telling from the physicians’ perspective.

Doug Christenson, 2014 (ENGL)

Associate Instructor, University of Utah Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies


Fiona Harris-Ramsby, 2014 (ENGL)

Assistant Professor, Bloomfield College

Theory in the body: Language, bodies, and power on the rhetoric of stage.

Isabel Gardett, 2013 (ENGL)

Private Industry

“Sometimes there are differences of opinion as to what the data mean”: Bureaucracy and facticity in the face of inconclusive evidence. 

Josh Lenart, 2013 (ENGL)

Assistant Professor/Lecturer, University of Utah, College of Engineering

Wilderness and wildlife in the American West: Confronting rhetoric in the mule deer debate.

Kathleen Smyth, 2012 (ECS)

Eastside Catholic High School, Seattle WA

The competing discourses of teacher training: How graduate students negotiate the everyday realities of subjectivities.

Sundy Watanabe, 2012 (ECS)

Associate Instructor, University of Utah Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies

Tensions in rhetorics of presence and performance.  

Gae Lyn Henderson, 2007 (ENGL)

Assistant Professor, Utah Valley State University

Intersubjectivity: An ethics for critical rhetoric and writing.

Sheldon Walcher, 2007 (ENGL)

Dean of Communication Arts, Humanities, and Fine Arts, College of Lake County(before, TT University of Southern Mississippi, Roosevelt University)

What we talk about when we talk about error:  Competing tropes of “deviance” in the history of composition.

Octavio Pimentel, 2005 (ECS)

Assistant Professor, Texas State University—San Marcos

Unheard stories:  The interpretation and production of historias de exito within a Mexican community. 

Laura Card, 2005 (COMM)

Western Governor’s University

TREK magazine (1942-1943):  A critical rhetorical analysis [of a literary magazine at a Japanese internment camp]

Doug Downs, 2004 (ENGL)

Assistant Professor, Montana State University (Utah Valley University)

Teaching our own prison:  First-year composition curricula and public conceptions of writing.

Linn Bekins, 1999 (ED)

Assistant Professor, San Diego State University

Collaboration in science:  Strategy and the writing of a review chapter.

Scott Oates, 1998 (ED)

Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire)

Literacy as an everyday practice:  Case studies of students' uses of literacy in high school, community college, and university writing classes.

Brent Faber, 1998 (ENGL)

Assistant Professor, Worcester Polytechnic University (Clarkson, North Carolina State)

A rhetoric of change: Examining discourse and organizational change.

Heather Bruce, 1997 (ED PhD)

Former Assistant Professor, University of Montana. Current Associate Instructor, University of Utah Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies

Writing in the margins:  Revising the scripts of gendered constructions in a high school women’s studies class.

Kathryn Fitzgerald, 1994 (ED PhD)

Assistant Professor, Utah State University

A history of discursive (de)construction of composition (1884-1900).

 John Balzotti, MA (PhD, Iowa State University) now TT at BYU

Richard Branson, MA (PhD Carnegie Mellon University) now in program at CMU

Ben Crosby, MA (PhD University of Washington) now TT at BYU (before IA State)

Glenn Newman MA (PhD, Arizona State University) in program at ASU now

Sarah Read, MA (PhD, University of Washington) TT at Portland State University (before DePaul)

Shauna Wight, MA (PhD, University of New Hampshire) TT at Southeast Missouri State University


Last Updated: 6/3/24