PhD RPC Alumni

Rhetoric and Professional Communication


Distinguished Alumni Accomplishments



Recent Alumni

Matthew Baker (2017)
Project Title: Contextual information, answerability, and the logical construction of social how-to questions
After graduation: Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Jonathan Balzotti (2014)
Project Title: Big rhetoric: The art and rhetoric of spectacle in classical and contemporary experience
After graduation: Assistant Professor, Bringham Young University, Provo, Utah

Dawn Eyestone (2013)
Project Title: Feminist aliens, black vampires, and gay witches: Creating a critical polis using SF television in the college composition classroom
After graduation: Adjunct Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Li Li (2014)
Project Title: “Us” and “them”: The representation of minority groups in the statistical atlases of the United States from 1874 to 1925
After graduation: Assistant Professor, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

Thomas Lindsley (2015)
Project Title: Communicating distrust: Three cases
After graduation: User Experience Manager, Workiva, Ames, Iowa

Bryan Lutz (2017)
Project Title: Composing millenials: Towards understanding millennial myths and identity
After graduation: Visiting Professor, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

James McAfee (2013)
Project Title: James Dobson and the American right: Interdiscursivity and the construction of rhetorical agency
After graduation: Bereavement Care Coordinator, Heartland Hospice in Macon, Georgia

Lynn McCool (2016)
Project Title: Humanizing advanced communication online writing instruction: Developing social presence to communicate, collaborate, and connect
After graduation: Assistant Professor of Business Practice, Business School, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

Rachel Murdock (2017)
Project Title: An instrument to assess the public presentations of scientists
After graduation: Full-time instructor, DMACC-Ankeny, Ankeny, Iowa

Susan Pagnac (2013)
Project Title: The perceptions they carried: First-generation college students and first-year communication courses as a site of transition
After graduation: Director of the Writing Center, Central College, Pella, Iowa

Sara Parks (2017)
Project Title: Rhetorical dilemmas in funded science annual reporting
After graduation: Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota

Jacob Rawlins (2013)
Project Title: Building consensus: Workplace myth-building as a unifying rhetorical strategy
After graduation: Assistant Professor, University of Louisville, College of Business, Louisville, Kentucky

Vincent Robles (2017)
Project Title: Discourse strategies in technical-support interactions
After graduation: Assistant Professor of Technical Communication, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Kathleen Rose (2017)
Project Title: Indistinct boundaries and intersections: The role of threshold concepts and disposition in students with early college credit

Danica Schieber (2016)
Project Title: Learning transfer from the business communication classroom to the workplace
After graduation: Assistant Professor of Business Communication, College of Business Administration, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas

Robert Watkins (2014)
Project Title: Sequential rhetoric: Teaching comics as visual rhetoric
After graduation: Assistant Professor, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho

Casey White (2014)
Project Title: At the boundary between speech and writing: Fostering productive interdisciplinary collaboration on multimodal communication courses
After graduation: Lecturer, English Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Eric York (2015)
Project Title: Programmatic knowledge management: Technology, literacy, and access in 21st Century writing programs
After graduation: Assistant Professor, Communications and Media, Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York

Erin Zimmerman (2016)
Project Title: They don’t get the respect they should: An examination of visual communication disciplinary practices in composition and the biological sciences
After graduation: Director of the Writing Center and the Writing in the Disciplines Program; Assistant Professor of English, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon