Research and Scholarship

Our Rhetoric and Composition faculty and graduate students are active within the discipline in a number of ways. Publications and conference presentations provide opportunities to generate and share knowledge within the discipline. Graduate students within the program are purposefully mentored as they develop their own voices as part of these disciplinary conversations, and we find many opportunities within these areas for professional development and collaboration.

Publications

For a complete list of faculty and graduate student publications, click here. Here are some notable collaborative publications within the program as well as some of the books we've written: 

  • Kathleen Blake Yancey, Matt Davis, Liane Robertson, Kara Taczak, and Erin Workman. "Writing across College: Key Terms and Multiple Contexts as Factors Promoting Students’ Transfer of Writing Knowledge and Practice." The WAC Journal. (2018): 44-66. 
  • Kathleen Blake Yancey and Stephen J. McElroy EdsAssembling Composition. National Council of Teachers of English, 2017. 
  • Kristie Fleckenstein, Scott Gage, and Katherine Bridgman. "A Pedagogy of Rhetorical Looking: A Pedagogy of Rhetorical Looking: Atrocity Images at the Intersection of Vision and Violence." College English 80.1 (2017): 11-34.
  • Stephen McElroy, Matthew Davis, and Rory Lee. “Ways of Knowing and Doing in Digital Rhetoric: A Primer.” Enculturation 23 (2016).
  • Stephen McElroy, Jennifer Wells, Andrew Burgess, Jeff Naftzinger, Rory Lee, Josh Mehler, Jason Custer, Aimee Jones, and Joe Cirio. "A Space Defined: Four Years in the Life of the FSU Digital Studios." In Rusty Carpenter, Dickie Selfe, Shawn Apostel, and Kristi Apostel, eds. Sustainable Learning Spaces (2017).
  • Michael Neal, Katherine Bridgman, and Stephen McElroy. "'Many Happy Returns': Student Archivists as Curators of Public Memory." In Grobman, L., & Greer, J. (Eds.), Pedagogies of Public Memory: Teaching Writing and Rhetoric at Museums, Archives, and Memorials. Routledge Press (2016): 117-131.
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the conference scene

Presenting papers, attending sessions, and participating in roundtable and special interest groups at professional conferences are all vital to our academic work as well. FSU faculty and graduate students work on proposals together, travel together, and present together at conferences all around the country. In the past two years, members of the FSU Rhetoric and Composition have presented over 40 times at conferences ranging from the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Rhetoric Society of America, Computers and Writing, Conference of Writing Program Administrators, the International Writing Center Association, and many others. For a full list of conference presentations, click here.

Editorial and Archival Scholarship

Editorial work--which includes editing journals, editing book collections and special issues of journals--is critical to the publication and circulation of disciplinary scholarship. Here are a few highlights of some of the editorial work done by faculty and graduate students from FSU: 

  • Kathleen Blake Yancey, Rita Malenczyk, Susan Miller-Cochran, and Elizabeth Wardle: collection editors Composition, Rhetoric, and Disciplinarity. Utah State University Press (2018)
  • Kathleen Blake Yancey and Stephen J. McElroy: collection editors Assembling Composition. National Council of Teachers of English (2017)
  • Kathleen Blake Yancey: collection editor A Rhetoric of Reflection, Utah State UP, 2016
  • Tarez Samra Graban (FSU) and Shirley K. Rose (ASU): guest editor Peitho Special Issue - "The Critical Place of the Networked Archive" (2014)
  • Kathleen Blake Yancey, Emily Baker, Scott Gage, Ruth Kistler, Rory Lee, Natalie Syzmanski, Kara Taczak, and Jill Taylor: guest editors Across the Disciplines Special Issue of Writing across the Curriculum and Assessment (2009): http://wac.colostate.edu/atd/assessment/index.cfm.
  • Kathleen Blake Yancey: editor College Composition and Communication (2001-2005)

Archival research includes work with primary sources that either seeks data from archival records, collecting and curating records for the archives, or some combination of these activities. While traditional archiving is often thought to be the providence of libraries, museums, government, religious institutions, etc., Rhetoric and Composition has undergone what some call an "archival turn." The Rhetoric and Composition Program hosts two home-grown archival collections--The Museum of Everyday Writing and FSU Postcard Archive--and several faculty and graduate students are involved in an array of archival research, including Tarez Graban's notable Linked Women Pedagogues Project.

The Linked Women Pedagogues Project

In the absence of women's published or publicly circulating texts, how can rhetorical historians recover their pedagogical and administrative work, and what can that recovery teach us about our disciplinary history in rhetoric and composition? The Linked Women Pedagogues Project (LWPP) answers that question by tracing women's intellectual work through the migration of people, motives, texts, curriculum, and ephemera—all as reflected in institutional and archival metadata. MDMP is the prototype for a digitally crowd-sourced tool intended to help preserve, analyze, and make accessible information about unprocessed, obscure materials written by women pedagogues that have influenced the development of rhetoric or writing instruction since the 1890s.

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LWPP was conceived by Tarez Samra Graban in 2011 as a concept for moving feminist historiography in rhetoric and writing studies beyond building digital exhibits and recovery models that favor static locations, figures, and texts.  It was inspired by her interests in data networks and the digital humanities, which favor historical methodologies that look for significant activity in knowledge circulation, rather than in traditionally defined locations, texts, or events. From 2013-2014, Tarez collaborated with data designer Alli Crandell to begin implementing visual ecologies. A hosted URL is in progress, and in its final form, LWPP will integrate visualization tools with topical ontologies in order to trace—transhistorically—the critical locations of women's intellectual work in rhetoric and writing studies since the Progressive Era. Critical locations are the ongoing interactions between where women's pedagogical and administrative activities have been performed or experienced, and where historians' ideas of women's pedagogical activities are documented or formed. In its experimental stages, MDMP is accepting small data sets or groups of records to help determine the parameters of its ontology and the possibilities for visualization. If you would like to join the collaboration, have data sets to contribute, or have any questions about what kinds of data to contribute—large or small—please feel free to contact Tarez directly at tgraban@fsu.edu. For more about the development of this project, see "From Location(s) to Locatability: Mapping Feminist Recovery and Archival Activity through Metadata" in College English 76.2 (November 2013).

The Museum of Everyday Writing (MoEW)

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The Museum of Everyday Writing (MoEW) is dedicated to writing that is often unseen or unacknowledged: everyday writing, or that which is composed by ordinary people in non-academic and non-professional contexts and which represents the literacy practices through which ordinary people maintain relationships and structure their lives. These materials complement and enrich the more traditional archives of academic, literary, or professional writing or writing that is composed by a famous person. Co-founded by Jennifer Enoch, Megan Keaton, and Sarah Marshall, the Museum provides a space where everyday writing--which includes a variety of written, visual, and aural texts from letters to graffiti to scrapbooks--can be curated and studied. The Museum houses artifacts that can be used for research in everyday writing and literacy studies, multimodality, materality, visual design, and many other areas. In addition to the artifacts themselves, the MoEW hosts exhibits, composed by Museum contributors and interns, that serve as examples of scholarly research based on everyday writing. 

The FSU Card Archive

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The FSU Card Archive is a collection of over 5500 postcards and over 200 exhibits, created mostly by student archivist. Co-founded by Stephen McElroy, Katie Bridgman, and Michael Neal in 2001, this archive is a site for research into visual rhetoric, material productions of everyday writing, social politics, and representation. Each postcard re-presents a moment in time, a slice of history that reflects the cultural values, the available technologies for printing and circulation of texts, and the language of a particular time and place. Often overlooks as unimportant texts, we believe examples of common texts like postcards can serve as important historical and cultural documents in part because they were accessible and used widely, especially in the early 20th century: the golden age of postcards. The archive also allow visitors to curate their own exhibits to be published within the site for future visitors. Anyone can visit the site (located at http://fsucardarchive.org) and peruse the contents. If individuals or classes are interested in building exhibits and adding content to the site, please contact Michael Neal (mrneal@fsu.edu) for permissions. The theory and reflections on creating the archive were published in "Making Meaning at the Intersections: Developing a Digital Archive for Multimodal Research" by Neal, Bridgman, and McElroy in Kairos 17.3., which won the 2014 Computers and Composition Michelle Kendrick Outstanding Digital Production/Scholarship Award.