Graduate Achievements

At Miami, we pride ourselves on having an active and collaborative community, one where faculty and graduate students work closely on scholarship.  Rhetoric and composition graduate students publish frequently, present often at conferences (with department funding to do so), and receive national and university awards in recognition of the excellence of their work.

The lists below highlight just some of the graduate student awards, publications, and conference presentations in the past five years.  


Chanon Adsanatham (PhD, 2014) 
Won the CCCC James Berlin Outstanding Dissertation Award for “Civilized" Manners and Bloody Splashing: Recovering Conduct Rhetoric in the Thai Rhetorical Tradition”

Lisa Blankenship (PhD, 2013)
Runner-up for the CCCC James Berlin Outstanding Dissertation Award for “Changing the Subject: A Theory of Rhetorical Empathy”

Dustin Edwards (PhD, 2016)
Won the Hugh Burns Distinguished Dissertation Award from Computers and Composition for Writing in The Flow: Assembling Tactical Rhetorics in an Age of Viral Circulation

Bridget Gelms (PhD, expected 2018)
Received the Spiro Peterson Scholar Award, English Department, 2017
Won the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Teaching Award, 2017

Ryan Ireland (PhD, 2016)
Gave an invited TEDxDayton "Your Story Matters" based dissertation From Traditional Memory to Digital Memory Systems: A Rhetorical History of the Library as Memory Space

Kyle Larson (PhD in process)
Won the Graduate Teaching Award, English Department, 2016

G Patterson (PhD, 2013)
Won the national CCCC’s Lavender Rhetoric Award for LGBTQ Scholarship for dissertation Doing Justice: Addressing the LGBTQ-Religious Junction in English Studies (Co-chairs: Madelyn Detloff & Heidi McKee)
Received the Outstanding Teaching Award, English Department, 2011

Articles & Chapters

  • Adsanatham, Chanon, Phill Alexander, Kerrie Carsey, Abby Dubisar, Wioleta Fedeczko, Denise Landrum, Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson, Heidi McKee, Kristen Moore, G Patterson, and Michele Polak. “Going Multimodal: Programmatic, Curricular, and Classroom Change.” Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres in Student Compositions, edited by Carl Whithaus and Tracey Bowen. 282-312. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013, pp. 282-312.
  • Ashby, Dominic. “Uchi/Soto in Japan: A Global Turn.” Comparative Rhetoric, special issue of Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 43, no. 3, 2013, pp. 256–269.
  • Ashby, Dominic. “Both Insiders and Outsiders: Re/Framing Identification via Japanese Rhetoric.” Re/Framing Identifications, edited by Michelle Ballif, Waveland, 2014, pp. 309–315.
  • Blankenship, Lisa. “Rhetorical Empathy in Dustin Lance Black’s 8: A Play on (Marriage) Words.” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society 3.1 (Spring 2013).
  • Bradshaw, Jonathan. “Heritage Claims as a Civic Art for Rhetorical Circulation”. Enculturation, Issue 24 (2017).
  • Bradshaw, Jonathan. Appalachian Journal. Fall2016/Winter2017, Vol. 44 Issue 1/2, p82-95. 14p.
  • Coffey, Kathleen, Bridget C. Gelms, Cynthia C. Johnson, and Heidi A. McKee. “Consulting with Collaborative Writing Teams.” Writing Center Journal 36(1). 2017. 147-182
  • Cummings, Lance. “Comparison as a Mode of Inquiry: Rearticulating the Contexts of Intercultural Communication.” Journal of Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization. 4.2 (2014): 126-146. Web.
  • Cummings, Lance. “Historical Linguistics and Language Policy: A Comparative Look at Christian Missions in Alaska.” In, Out, and Beyond: Studies on Border Confrontations, Resolutions, and Encounters. Ed. Antonio Medina-Rivera and Lee Wilbershied. Newcastle, UK; Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011. 48-65. Print.
  • Cummings, Lance. “What’s in a Name?: Basic Writing in America and Beyond Shaughnessy.” Open Words 4.2 (Fall 2010): 84-92. Web.
  • Cummings, Lance, Renea Frey, Ryan Ireland, Caitlin Martin, Heidi McKee, Jason Palmeri, and James E. Porter. "Kairotic Design: Building Flexible Networks for Online Composition,” Making Space: Writing Instruction, Infrastructure, and Multiliteracies, edited by James P. Purdy and Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Series, University of Michigan Press, 2016.
  • Dadas, Caroline. Messy Methods: Queer Methodological Approaches to Researching Social Media. Computers and Composition, 40,1, 2016,  pp 60-72.
  • Edwards, Dustin W. "Framing remix rhetorically: Toward a typology of transformative work." Computers and Composition, vol. 39, 2016, pp. 41-54.
  • Gruwell, Leigh. “Wikipedia’s Politics of Exclusion: Gender, Epistemology, and Rhetorical (In)action.” Computers and Composition, vol. 37, 2015, pp. 117-131.
  • Harris, Patrick. “Renegotiating Religion: Renaissance Rhetoric.” the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north 6.3 (2014): 33–45. Web.
  • Ireland, Ryan. “Get Graphic with Stats.” Voice of Youth Advocates 36:3, 2013. Print.
  • Ireland, Ryan. “Public Libraries as Rhetorical Devices: Reimagining Print, Dewey, and Memory as Invention in the Digital Age.” Public Libraries Quarterly 32.4, 2013. 306-18. Print.
  • Larson, Kyle. (2017). “The Subversive Remix Rhetoric of Saved by the bell hooks.” Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric, Volume 7, Issue 2 / 3, 94-103.
  • Larson, Kyle. (Forthcoming: 2018). “Remonstrative Agitation as Feminist Counterpublic Rhetoric.” Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition, Volume 20, Issue 2, (pgs tbd).
  • Lockridge, Timothy, Enrique Paz, and Cynthia Johnson. The Kairos Presentation Project. Computers and Composition 46. December 2017.
  • Olejnik, Mandy. “Bringing Isocrates to the Writing Center: The Story of the Civically-Engaged, Practical Citizen.” The Peer Review, Issue 2 (2018).
  • Palmeri, Jason and Jonathan Rylander. “’Intersecting Realities’: Queer Assemblage as Rhetorical Methodology.” In Jonathan Alexander and Jacqueline Rhodes, eds Sexual Rhetorics: Methods, Identities, Publics. London: Routledge. 2015. 31 - 44.
  • Patterson, G. "Queering & Transing Quantitative Research." Re/Orienting Writing Studies: Queer Methods, Queer Projects. Eds. Will Banks, Caroline Dadas & Matt Cox. Manuscript Accepted, Collection Under Review at Utah State UP.
  • Pattterson, G. "The Unbearable Weight of Neutrality: Religion & LGBTQ Issues in the English Studies Classroom." Sexual Rhetorics: Methods, Identities, Publics. Eds. Jonathan Alexander and Jacqueline Rhodes. New York: Routledge, 2016. 134–146. Studies in Rhetoric & Communication.
  • Rutherford, Kevin and Jason Palmeri. “’The Things They Left Behind’: Towards an Object-Oriented History of Composition.” In Boyle, Casey and Scot Barnett Eds. Rhetoric, Through Everyday Things. University of Alabama Press, 2016. 96-107.
  • Saur, Elizabeth and Jason Palmeri. “Letter to a New TA: Affect Edition.” Writing Program Administration. Spring 2017. 146-153


Conference Presentations

Graduate students frequently present at conferences, including in the past 5 years, at the following:

  • Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • Computers and Writing
  • Crossing Over Symposium
  • East Central Writing Center Association
  • Feminisms and Rhetorics
  • International Writing Across the Curriculum
  • International Writing Center Association
  • Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • National Conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
  • National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing
  • Ohio Library Conference
  • Ohio Library Support Staff Institute
  • Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Symposium
  • Rhetoric Society of America
  • Watson Conference
  • Writing and Rhetoric across Language Boundaries