David Beard

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Professional Title
Professor & DGS, Master of Liberal Studies, English Graduate Faculty

Associate Professor of Rhetoric
Graduate Faculty: English MA 
Graduate Faculty and Campus Contact: Program in Literacy and Rhetorical Studies
English Graduate Faculty

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.

My research can be found in my online portfolio.

My University of Minnesota archive of scholarly and popular writings (newspaper columns and poems) can be found on the University of Minnesota's Digital Conservancy page.


PhD, Rhetoric, University of Minnesota, 2002

Courses Taught

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).