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Charlie Kostelnick


Contact Information

429 Ross

Fall 2017 Office Hours: TR 2-3:30

Courses I am Teaching

302 – Business Communication
314 – Technical Communication
332 – Visual Communication of Quantitative Information (cross-listed with Statistics)
353 – World Literature: Western Foundations through Renaissance
354 – World Literature: Seventeenth through Twentieth-Century
416 – Graphic Communication in Business and Technical Writing
508 – Advanced Workshop in Academic Writing
586 ­– Visual Communication in Professional Writing


Bachelor of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1973).
A.M., English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1975).
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1981).

Research Areas

Visual communication; data visualization; history of visual rhetoric in professional communication; literature and visual art.

Recent Publications

“Social and Cultural Aspects of Visual Conventions in Information Design:  The Rhetoric of Hierarchy.”  Information Design: Research and Practice.  Eds. Alison Black, Paul Luna, Ole Lund, and Sue Walker.  London: Routledge, 2017.  257-73

“The Re-Emergence of Emotional Appeals in Interactive Data Visualization.”  Technical Communication 63.2 (2016): 116-35.

Kimball, Miles, and Charles Kostelnick, eds.  Visible Numbers:  Essays on the History of Statistical Graphics. Surry, England:  Ashgate Publishing, 2016.

“Mosaics, Culture, and Rhetorical Resiliency:  The Convoluted Genealogy of a Data Display Genre.”  Visible Numbers:  Essays on the History of Statistical Graphics.  Eds. Miles Kimball and Charles Kostelnick.  Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishing, 2016.  177-206

Kostelnick, Charles, and John Kostelnick.  “Online Visualizations of Natural Disasters and Hazards:  The Rhetorical Dynamics of Charting Risk.”  Science and the Internet: Communicating Knowledge in a Digital Age, ed. Alan G. Gross and Jonathan Buehl.  Amityville, NY:  Baywood, 2016.  157-90

“Teaching Students to Design Rhetorically:  A Low-Tech Process Approach.”  Designing Texts:  Teaching Visual Communication.  Ed. Eva R. Brumberger and Kathryn M. Northcutt.  Amityville, NY:  Baywood Publishing, 2013.  265-81

“Visualizing Technology and Practical Knowledge in the Encyclopédie ’s Plates: Rhetoric, Drawing Conventions, and Enlightenment Values.”  History and Technology 28.4 (2012): 443-54

“Seeing Difference:  Teaching Intercultural Communication through Visual Rhetoric.” Teaching Intercultural Rhetoric and Technical Communication:  Theories, Curriculum, Pedagogies, and Practices.  Ed. Barry Thatcher and Kirk St. Amant.  Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing, 2011.  31-48

Kostelnick, Charles, and David D. Roberts.  Designing Visual Language:  Strategies for Professional Communicators.  2nd ed.  Boston, MA:  Longman/Pearson, 2011.

“The Visual Rhetoric of Data Displays:  The Conundrum of Clarity.”  IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 51.1 (2008): 116-130

Current Research

Longer project on the rhetoric of human figures in practical communication.