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Completed Dissertations and Job Placement


Lea Povozheav
Director: Sara Newman
Addiction Rhetoric: Conceptual Metaphors in Conversational Illness Narrative.

Phillip Sloan
Director: Sara Newman
Assembling the Identity of the Writer.

Uma Krishnan, Kent State University
Director: Brian Huot
A Cross-Cultural Study of the Literacy Practices of the Dabbawalas: Towards a New Understanding of Nonmainstream Literacy and its Impact on Successful Business Practices.


Babara Karman, Kent State University
Director: Sara Newman
19th Women and Humor: The Emergence of Feminist Humor.

Lindsay Steiner, University of Wisconsin LaCrosse
Director: Pamela Takayoshi
The Available Means of Design: A Rhetorical Investigation of Professional Multimodal Composing. 

Yvonne Teems Stephens, Hofstra University
Director: Pamela Takayoshi
The Discursive Construction of Identity and the Body by Members of a Senior Center Yoga Class.


Courtney Werner, Hope College
Director: Pamela Takayoshi
Disciplining New Media: Rhetoric and Composition's Disciplinary Development through the Case of New Media 2000-2010.

Nicole Caswell, Eastern Carolina University
Director: Brian Huot
Reconstructing Emotion: Understanding the Relationship between Teachers' Emotions and Teachers' Response Practices.

Holly Wells, East Stroudsburg University
Director: Sara Newman
Picture a Scientist: A Visual Rhetoric Approach to the Problem of Gender Disparity in Stem Fields.

Jennifer Cunningham, Kent State University, Stark
Director: Brian Huot
"jus showin sum luv 2 yo page!": The Features, Functions, and Implications of Digital African American Language.

Diana Awad Scrocco, Youngstown State University
Director: Sara Newman
An Examination of the Literate Practices of Resident Physicians and Attending Physician Preceptors in a Residential-Run Internal Medicine Clinic.

Jill Hawkins
Director: Pamela Takayoshi
Sounds Write: Embracing Multimodal Texts as Literate Composition.

Melissa Selby, Stark State University
Director: Ray Craig
Expanding the Definition of Multimodality: Identifying Key Processes in Students' Designing.


Sigrid Streit, Pennsylvania State University
Director: Sara Newman
Gesture and Rhetorical Delivery: The Transmission of Knowledge in Complex Situations.
John Oddo, Carnegie Mellon University
Director: Christina Haas
Traversing the 24-Hour News Cycle: A Busy Day in the Rhetorical Life of a Political Speech.

Patrick Thomas, University of Dayton
Director: Pamela Takayoshi
A Discourse-Based Analysis of Literacy Sponsorship in New Media: The Case of Military Blogs.

Elizabeth Tomlinson, West Virginia University
Director: Sara Newman
Conceptualizing Audience in Digital Invention.

Jillian Hill, University of Houston
Director: Ray Craig
Collaborative writing activities at Midwest Utility.

Yuri Maziev
Director: Ray Craig
A Vygotskian Critique of Current Writing Theory


Emily Wierszewski, Seton Hill University
Director: Ray Craig
A Readerly Eye: Teachers Reading Student Multimodal Texts.

Dirk Remley, Kent State University
Director: Brian Huot
This Community's Literacy has been Sponsored by....: An Historical Case Study of the Literate Impact of the Boomtown Arsenal on the Community of Fieldview, Ohio from 1940-1960.


Lewis Caccia, Jr.
Director: Sara Newman
Risk Communication in the Workplace: An Analysis of Communications Toolkits as Rhetoric Practice.

Christa Teston, The Ohio State University
Director: Christina Haas
Deliberative Decision-Making in One Medical Workplace Setting.

Chad Wickman, Auburn University
Director: Christina Haas
Displays of Knowledge: Text Production and Medial Reproduction in Scientific Practice.


Jeffrey Perry, Indiana University Southeast
Director: Brian Huot
Institutional Cunning: Writing Assessment as Social Reproduction.


David Overby, Bellarmine University
Director: Christina Haas
Verifying Web-Based Information: Investigating Professional Communicator's Online.


Kenneth Marunowski
Director: Christina Haas
The Euro: An Ethnography of Inscription and Incorporation.

Kathryn Weiss, Salem Community College
Director: John Ackerman
Reconceiving Material Rhetoric: Literacy Beyond Language at Kent State's May 4 Memorial.


Hunter Stephenson, University of Houston Clear Lake
Director: Stephen P. Witte
Kairos, Production, and Writing.


Kerrie Farkas, Millersville University
Director: Christina Haas
Deliberative Rhetoric in the Civic Arena: A Taxonomy of Discourse in a Local City Government.