Welcome to Rhetoric and Composition
Located near the banks of the Wabash, Purdue University upholds the Land Grant University mission of adding
education in mechanics and agriculture to the classics and sciences. This focus makes Purdue particularly appropriate for
the serious study of written discourse, as we celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the passage of the Morrill Act.
Purdue's Graduate Program in Rhetoric and Composition dates to 1980 and has 319 graduates (233 Ph.D. and 86 MA).
Our graduates hold positions as writing teachers, program and writing center administrators, graduate program faculty,
department heads, editors, usability testers, and professional and technical writers/managers.
We invite you to explore the information about our program, and for more information, contact:
Patricia Sullivan, Director
Amelia Chesley, Assistant Director
Purdue Department of English
Graduate Studies in English at Purdue
Janice Lauer materials in Purdue ArchivesJanice Lauer has donated all materials from the history Purdue's Rhetoric and Composition program up to 1990, and these are now a part of Purdue's archives. Records and documents about courses, speakers, events, etc. are available for anyone in the community to access and to use in future research.
Yankura-Swacha received Lauer AwardKatie Yankura-Swacha was chosen by a committee of alumni as the 2016 Lauer Award winner for excellence in dissertation work.
King delivers Berlin Memorial LectureKatie King, Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, delivers the Berlin Lecture on October 23, 2014. Entitled “Media in Transcontinental Tangles: Why it Matters,” King explores the tangles of communication, technology, and culture.
Sullivan named Rigo WinnerPatricia Sullivan received the 2014 Rigo Award from The Association of Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (SicDoc) and delivered the Rigo Lecture on September 27 in Colorado Springs. Its title is: “User Experience and the Spectacles of the Small: On Mundane Change and Encounters.”
Rickert’s Ambient Rhetoric chosen as Best Book by CCCCThomas Rickert’s Ambient Rhetoric (U Pittsburgh Press, 2013) was selected as the CCCC Best Book in Composition Studies. Everyone should read his excellent book.