Dr. Jeffrey Rice provides us with some information about a class he’ll be taking over next semester.
A native to the gray midlands of Ohio, I came to Western in the fall of 2011 as the newest Professional Writing faculty member. For the past three years, I served as the First-Year Writing Coordinator at the University of Florida, where I taught writing classes, trained graduate teaching assistants in composition pedagogy, performed program assessment, and developed a symposium on rhetoric and pedagogy.
During my brief time at WKU, I have found some interesting, driven, and incredibly inspiring students. Their writing has made me laugh out loud, given me pause, and haunted my thoughts for days on end. More importantly, they have challenged my pedagogical philosophy and given me the courage to teach writing in radically different ways. In many ways, I consider my students my colleagues, and they influence my research accordingly. To that end, I am currently working on a few projects, including a new business writing textbook and an article that rethinks what the rhetorical concept of logos means in contemporary digital writing environments.
On a more personal note, I am somewhat of a “foodie,” and love to travel to new places and partake in new gastronomic adventures. These interests culminated this past summer when I spent time in the Florida Keys snorkeling, diving, and eating all kinds of new food (Don’t worry, Hemingway’s multi-toed cats were not harmed in any of these pursuits). Unfortunately, these hobbies can also have repercussions. After I told another Ohioan that I thought “Skyline Chili was overrated,” I was promptly asked to never return to the state. Similarly, strangers in metropolitan airports often mistake me for “that guy on Mythbusters.” My apologies to those who have tried to sell my autograph on eBay.
ENG 412: Theory and Practice of Rhetoric
MWF 9:10 am-10:05 am
Dr. Jeffrey (J. A.) Rice
Rhetoric, or the systematic study of persuasion, is really about the myriad of relationships we have with language. Accordingly, we’ll spend half of our time in ENG 412 reading theories of rhetoric and determining how our relationships to language shape–and are shaped by–politics, love, religion, technology, industry, and cultural convention, to name a few. We’ll spend the remainder of our time applying these theories to our writing, and specifically to developing desktop publishing practices. In this applied section of the course, we’ll learn how to write persuasive documents (essays, pamphlets, newsletters, manuals, primers, etc.) for a variety of purposes and audiences by frequently workshopping, peer-reviewing, and presenting on our work.
Required Texts (available through WKU bookstore or Amazon.com):
- Aristotle, The Art of Rhetoric
- Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, Rhythm Science
- Joseph M. Williams, Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace
Recommended Texts (available through Amazon.com):
- Cedric Gemy, Scribus 1.3.5: Beginner’s Guide