I’m a doctoral student studying rhetoric and composition at Purdue University. Rhetoric and composition is a subfield within English, dedicated to the study of writing and argument. Rhetoric and composition straddles the line between the social sciences and the humanities. The focus on rhetoric concerns argument, persuasion, and discourse. The focus on composition concerns writing as an empirical phenomenon, how it exists as product and as process.
My primary research interests lie in computerized textual processing, quantitative assessment of texts, and the use of information derived from those procedures to improve writing education. I also have an interest in public writing, literacy education policy, and research methodology. Recent research includes best metrics of lexical diversity; contrastive corpus analysis as a method for better understanding genre; the application of feminist epistemologies to archival research; and how rhetorical education is instantiated in a syllabus approach. At Purdue I am pursuing secondary areas in Writing Program Administration and English as a Second Language. I am currently writing my dissertation, on the College Learning Assessment (CLA) and its successor, the CLA+.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Philosophy from Central Connecticut State University and a Master of Arts in English with a focus in Writing and Rhetoric from the University of Rhode Island.
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Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue University
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A Video from Clemson University Explaining and Defending Rhetoric
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