Current PhD Students


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Amanda Arp is a PhD student in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication program of the English Department. Her current primary focus is on developing improved pedagogical approaches through research on metacognition, composition and Team-Based Learning. At present, Amanda is examining a connection between speech and writing by comparing metacognitive reflection in speech to metacognitive reflection in composition through analyzing metacognitive reflections of students from a speech course at Iowa State. Additionally, she is furthering research on Team-Based Learning by examining transcripts and surveys from students in teams from a speech course at Iowa State. During her time as a PhD student and as a Presidential Scholar, Amanda also plans to pursue additional research interests in narrative, visual rhetoric, gaming theory, fat studies and creativity. Amanda’s experiences as a student, a writing coach, a writer and a speech teacher inspire her to research, present, and publish on these topics and will continue to fuel her growth as a scholar and educator.

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Tom Ballard earned his BA and MS in English with an emphasis in Technical Writing at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. After working as a technical writer for about four years while earning his MS, he decided to come join the PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication program here at Iowa State. Tom’s research interests include online discourses (especially memetics) and technical and professional communication practice and pedagogy. He’s also been an editor in some form or another for almost seven years, so The Chicago Manual of Style is one of his best friends.

Tom’s non-academic interests include popular culture, especially video games and movies, and formerly skiing and hiking (he’s still figuring out how to replace those here in the flat Midwest).

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Samantha Cosgrove is a second year PhD student in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication program. She received her MA in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of South Florida in 2016. Through discourse analysis, her thesis analyzed FEMA document audiences—who is privileged in knowledge making and who is left out. Her current research areas are risk communication, user experience, human-computer interaction, and writing program administration. She teaches both Foundation and Advanced Communication courses within the English department.

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Thomas Cox is a PhD student in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication program. He earned a BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from North Carolina State University and an MA in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition from East Carolina University. He has been a primary and secondary school teacher and a university writing center director. He has taught English composition, writing center theory and practice, and southern literature. His research interest include digital identity formation, critical theory, and cultural rhetoric.

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Esther Crompton is a Ph.D. student in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication program.  She earned her BA in English and minor in Biology at Coastal Carolina University where she also received her MA in Writing. Her research interests include the rhetoric of science and discourse communities.

 

 

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Shannon N. Fanning is a doctoral student in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication program. She holds an MA in English from Montclair State University and a BA in Communication from Ramapo College. Before coming to Iowa State, Shannon worked as an adjunct English professor at Hudson County Community College in New Jersey and as an e-commerce copywriter and copyeditor. In addition to her academic endeavors, she continues to consult with top retail brands, working with them to develop strategic copy for their products. Shannon draws on her experience both inside and outside of the university to explore the ways in which communication skills transfer between contexts. This experience informs her research on the intersections of transfer theory, genre studies, and composition pedagogy. Shannon also researches health/medical rhetorics, and is particularly interested in the rhetorics of risk and fear associated with psychiatric and developmental disorders. She also investigates the role that visuals and data visualizations play in the construction of risk, particularly as related to scientific controversies.

Shannon teaches courses in both English and Business Communication. This year, she’ll present work at the Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference (CWPA), Association for the Rhetoric of Science & Technology Preconference at the National Communication Association (ARST), and the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC).

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Paula Fender is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Professional Communication here at Iowa State University.

Paula earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from Jackson State University and a Master of Arts degree in Technical and Expository Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Teaching at small Historically Black Colleges and community colleges ignited Paula’s passion for teaching marginalized groups, particularly African American students, how to effectively compose written texts.  In order to fulfill her pedagogical goals, Paula identified research interests that include addressing issues in scholarly discussions and in establishing pedagogical practices that African American college students need when communicating in multi-modal composition.

Paula is interested in discovering how African American and other marginalized students can effectively communicate in written, oral, visual, and electronic rhetorical modes.  When looking at mainstream scholarly research, Paula noticed that although there has been some discussion of African American and other marginalized students and composition, she found there is a negligible amount of research on the multi-modality of their composition practices.  It is Paula’s goal to begin filling in the gaps in the literature and to provide a platform for inclusion of African Americans and other marginalized groups to thrive in contemporary rhetorical and multi-modal composition classrooms.

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Philip B. Gallagher is a Rhetoric and Professional Communication PhD student specializing in Document Design Theory and Pedagogy, New Media Learning, and Applied Communications research. He earned his M.A. in English with an emphasis in Composition, Rhetoric, and Professional Writing (2012), and his B.A. in English with a focus on Creative Writing (2009) from Eastern Illinois University. He also earned an A.A. in English (2007) from Lake Land College. Mr. Gallagher’s current research interests include: design thinking processes in technical communication, knowledge management in online communities, design for professional purposes in multivariate environments, communication and learning via interface design, the development of New Media pedagogy, and the rhetoric of diversity and inclusion in Higher Education.

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Dale Grauman studies writing and the teaching of writing. A while back, he speculated that his students would value their compulsory writing classes more if their assignments gave them more opportunities to explore how they would use writing in their college majors or in their future careers. Now he’s working on a research project to test that assumption. He is also developing a project in which he would collaborate with professors in other disciplines to assess the transfer of writing knowledge from first-year composition into other university writing contexts.

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Jill Grauman is a fifth-year graduate student in Iowa State University’s Rhetoric and Professional Communication program, and she will defend her dissertation in Spring 2018. Before coming to Iowa State, Jill received her MA in rhetoric and composition from Washington State University in Pullman, WA and her BA in English and communication studies from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She is currently the Assistant Director of ISUComm Foundation Courses, Iowa State’s first- and second-year multimodal composition program, and a teaching assistant in the English department. Her research interests include composition, writing program administration, and writing center work, with a central focus on teacher or tutor response practices. When Jill is not working, she enjoys watching movies (everything from Oscar contenders to Razzie winners) and cross-stitching ironic phrases in grandmotherly fonts.

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Austin Harrington is a first-year student in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication PhD program. He received his MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from Lesley University in Boston in 2014. His thesis for his Master’s program focused on a range of struggles being faced by working class and impoverished communities in the Midwest. Following graduation from Lesley, he spent three years working as a political journalist in Iowa where he was able to cover local and national politics, including the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Since entering Iowa State’s RPC PhD program his research has remained focused on issues impacting working class and impoverished communities. He also teaches Speech Communications 212 within the English department.

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Daniel Henke is a PhD student in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication program. Before coming to Iowa State University, he spent the last two years teaching English literature, composition, and English as a second language at the University of Wisconsin, Richland. In addition to his teaching duties, he was also the director of the writing center, known as the Woodman Learning Center. Daniel obtained a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and an MA in English literature and textual interpretation from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Daniel is deeply interested in existential Absurdism and Albert Camus. Daniel’s research interest are vast, but he enjoys connecting Camus’ writing with multiple theoretical approaches to better understand Camus’ intricate and complicated writings. He is also interested in writing center theory and practice, Marxism, psychoanalytical theory, postcolonialism, and compositional studies. Daniel actively tries to publish his work and is featured in multiple scholarly journals and has presented his findings at conferences across the nation.

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Laura Jackman is a PhD student in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication program. Her main interests are in pedagogy (curriculum development, online teaching) and rhetorical approaches to health-related topics. Laura enjoys teaching a range of courses such as composition, business communication, technical communication, and biological communication. Her academic degrees include: B.A. Iowa State University—Speech Communication; B.S.N. Upper Iowa University—Nursing; M.A. Iowa State University—Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication.

As both a registered nurse and a communication scholar, Laura hopes to blend her interests together into interdisciplinary practice. Current areas of research interests include pregnancy rhetoric.

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Carrie-Ann Johnson  I am currently a second year PhD student in Rhetoric and Professional Communication at Iowa State University where I work as a graduate teaching assistant in the English department. My M.S. is in American Studies and my previous teaching experience includes teaching both face to face and online courses for Utah State University. My research interests include game theory and rhetoric, women’s and gender studies, human computer interaction, and social justice. My research makes explicit connections between rhetoric and concerns of social justice (e.g., queer theory, gender equity, contact zones, etc).

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krista-klocke2Krista Klocke earned her BA in Speech Communication and Communication Studies with a Minor in Psychology and a Certificate in Leadership Studies from Iowa State University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication here at Iowa State with a teaching assistantship in the Public Speaking Program, teaching sections of SpCm212.

Krista loves teaching and mentoring college students in public speaking, communication theory, leadership development, and other areas related to rhetoric and communication. She is passionate about supporting students in their academic journeys. Her research interests include women’s political communication (specifically, women’s campaign ads for U.S. Senate), U.S. public address, rhetorical theory, and the classical rhetorical tradition.

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Lauren Malone is a military brat who started life in Texas, and ended up in Iowa. She is a second year PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. She graduated from Central College with a B.A. in English, and from London Metropolitan University with an M.A. in Professional Writing. Academic interests include writing across curriculum, interpersonal communication in business, game studies in writing and curriculum development, and intercultural communication.

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Philippe Meister earned a Master of Arts in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication at Iowa State University of Science and Technology (ISU) in 2017 with a thesis titled “Cloud Composition Technologies in Multimodal Composition Program Documents.” While at ISU as a master’s student, he contributed to the Department of English as an instructor in the ISUComm program, the Department of Agronomy as a web content specialist in the Plant Breeding E-Learning in Africa program, and the Department of Political Science as a research assistant to a project funded by the National Science Foundation.

Philippe will pursue a PhD in the Department of English with co-majors in Rhetoric and Professional Communication (RPC) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). In his co-major program, he will study the history, theory, and practice of the two disciplines. In his scholarship, he plans to study the interaction between university information and communication technologies (ICTs) with university multimodal composition programs. Specifically, he wants to understand how university ICT infrastructures influence multimodal composition programs.

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Vic Perry is a Ph.D. Candidate in the RPC program and a Lecturer in the English Department at ISU.  He earned a MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and a Masters in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University.  Vic’s research into the ways that fictionality is used for rhetorical purposes draws upon both rhetorical and narrative theory. Vic is currently completing his dissertation, titled On the Use of Participatory Fiction for Persuasion and Pedagogy.  His dissertation proposes an analytic theory for understanding the distinctive uses of fictionality in rhetorical discourse, with particular emphasis on the participatory fictional roles demanded by business communication problems and ethics thought experiments.

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Angela Richard is a fifth-year PhD student in Rhetorical and Professional Communication. Her current research interests include organizational communication, leadership, and diversity and inclusion. She enjoys teaching business communication and basic composition courses as well as tutoring in the ISU Writing and Media Center. She also spent two year as the writing tutor for ISU’s TRIO Student Support Services Program.

Prior to ISU, Angela earned her MA in English from University of Central Missouri in 2013. She worked in the business world for about ten years after earning her MBA from Simmons School of Management in Boston in 2000. Prior to business school, she served six years in the U. S. Navy as a surface warfare officer. Angela earned her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University in 1993. She is originally from Warrensburg, Missouri.

Outside of academics, Angela loves museums, art fairs, concerts, photography, and fantasy football.

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Raeann Ritland earned her BA in English Education from Wartburg College with a minor in writing. She came to ISU and earned an MS in Journalism and Mass Communication before then joining the English Department where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. Raeann has taught SP CM 212 in the past and is currently teaching ENGL 150/250. Her primary research interest includes health communication and its influence on people’s attitudes and behavioral intentions.

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Jordan Smith is a PhD student at Iowa State University co-majoring in Rhetoric and Professional Communication (RPC) and Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT). He holds a BA in English language from Brigham Young University and an MPC (master of professional communication) from Weber State University. His research interests lie primarily in the area of English Language Studies, focusing specifically on using corpus linguistic methods to study issues related to English standardization, variation, and grammar. Outside of school, Jordan enjoys running and fitness, trying to keep up with what people are saying about popular music, and spending time with his wife and three young daughters.

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George Standifer is a graduate student in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication program. Before arriving at ISU, he taught at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has a M.A. in Rhetoric and Writing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a B.A. in History from Emory University. His research interests include visual rhetoric, rhetoric of sports, technical communication, scientific communication, medical communication, visual communication, visual literacy, and poetics.

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Joshua Taylor is a first year RPC PhD student originally from Columbus, Ohio. He moved here from North Carolina after completing his M.A. at Western Carolina University in Technical and Professional Writing. Josh has been teaching and working in academia for two years. He’s currently teaching ENGL 150 and 250 and plans on teaching more advanced communication classes moving forward.

His research interests include (but are not limited to) political, electronic, and organizational rhetoric. In particular, he is looking at the cultural and social implications of knowledge formation in digital spaces.

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Bremen Vance is a graduate student in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication program. Before arriving at ISU, he taught at Metropolitan State University of Denver, the University of Northern Colorado, and Disney English in Nanjing China.He has a M.A. in English from the University of Northern Colorado and a B.A. in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Both of these degrees were focused on literature and helped shape his interest in the value of literacy.His research interests are driven by the empowering nature of language study and include rhetoric, composition, digital and multimodal literacy, and video games.Website: Bremenvance.com

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Deb Young is a first-year PhD student in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication program. Deb earned a BA in Public Relations from Drake University. After working in public relations and nonprofit management for a number of years, she returned to school and earned an MA in English from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). She is currently an adjunct instructor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at UNI teaching composition and integrated communication. Deb’s research interests include pedagogy and the use of service learning in composition and professional communication courses.

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