I research the history, theory and pedagogy of rhetoric.
Historical: My work draws upon traditions in composition, speech-communication and cultural studies to tell the history and best practices to teach written, oral and media communication.
Theoretical and Critical: A second strand of my work rethinks audience" for the 21st century -- from the hollering audiences at local pro wrestling matches to the complicated cosplay of the fans of steampunk. I study reading and writing, listening and speaking among the active audiences of today.
WRIT 1120: College Writing
WRIT 31xx: Advanced Writing
WRIT 2506: Introduction to Writing Studies
WRIT 1506: Literacy, Technology and Society
WRIT 4100/5100: Grant Writing and Project Management
WRIT 4300/5300: Research Methods
WRIT 8902: Teaching College Writing
I have published in journals like the International Journal of Listening, Archival Science, Philosophy and Rhetoric (where I won the Rohrer Award with my co-author, William Keith), Southern Journal of Communication, and Enculturation, among other venues. Additionally, I have placed essays in What We Are Becoming: Developments in Undergraduate Writing Majors (USUP), Engaging Audience: Writing in an Age of New Literacies(NCTE), Coming of Age: The Advanced Writing Curriculum (Boynton/Cook) and the SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies. With Richard Enos, I edited Advances in the History of Rhetoric (Parlor Press).