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Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication
Iowa State University, Department of English, Ames, IA, 2011
Dissertation title: “Women Farmland Owners in Iowa: Cultivating Agency through Rhetorical Practice
Dissertation advisor: Dr. Carl G. Herndl

M.A. in English
Iowa State University, Department of English, Ames, IA, 1994

Thesis title: “A qualitative analysis and evaluation of Iowa State’s ESL writing program: The English 101 series
Thesis advisor: Dr. Dan Douglas

B.A. in English
Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH, 1992

Manuscripts Under Review

“When a Woman Owns the Farm:  Re-considering the Subject in Postmodern Rhetorical Agency.” Rachel Wolford (Western Journal of Communication)

“’You always have to deal with being a woman’: Examining Rhetorical Agency When Farm Wives Inherit the Farm.” Rachel Wolford (Technical Communication Quarterly).

Conference Presentations

“The Dinner Table as Border: Reexamining Rhetorical Situation in the Dan Savage-Brian Brown Same-Sex Marriage Debate.” Presented at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference with Greg Wilson. San Antonio; May 2014.

“Sitting Down with Dan Savage and Brian Brown to Talk About Same-Sex Marriage: Rhetorical Situations, Rhetorical Ecologies, and Post-Postmodern Theory.” Presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication with Greg Wilson. Indianapolis; March 2014.

“Losing Culture On the Way to Class: Descriptive Versus Prescriptive Teaching Practices in Advanced Communication Courses.” Presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, NV; March 2013.

“@FYC Research Discussion: Power Dynamics vs. Democracy; Collaboration & Discourse Communities; Oh, the Grading! and our Texting Students.” Presented at the Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing Conference, Mankato, MN; November 2012.

“Social Media, Infographics, and the Role of Information Literacy in Business Communication.” Presented at the Association for Business Communication Conference, Honolulu, HI; October 2012.

“Understanding Rhetorical Agency’s Shifting Forms by Talking with Women Farmland Owners.” Presented at the Word Association Talk for University of Minnesota Duluth’s Writing Studies and English departments. Duluth, MN; September 2012.

“Developing Multiple Understandings of Agency in Case Studies of Women Farmland Owners.” Presented at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Philadelphia, PA; May 2012.

“Clandestine Agency of Women Farmland Owners.” Presented at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference.  Mankato, MN; October 2011.

“Contested Space:  Women Farmland Owners and Conservational Ag Practices.” Presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta, GA; March 2011.

“Rhetoric and Clandestine Feminism: Usurping the Farming Practices of Big Ag (?)”  Presented at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Minneapolis, MN; May 2010.

“The Activist Rhetorician and the Specific Intellectual: Effecting Change in the Communities We Study.” Presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication.  Louisville, KY; March 2010.

“One Size Fits None: Re-Viewing the Technical Communication Service Course.” Presented at the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference. Louisville, KY; March 2010.

“Posthuman Rhetorical Practice in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake.” Presented at the National Communication Association Convention. Chicago, IL; November 2009 (Finalist for the Joanna Ploeger Best Student Paper Award from the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology).

“Representation of the Oppressed: Visual Rhetoric in Advertisements, Short Stories, and Documentaries.” Presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, CA; March 2009.

“Articulating My Space: Agency in Technical Communication Practice.” Presented at the Modern Language Association Convention, San Francisco, CA; December 2008.

“A Critique of (RED) Communication:  Product (RED) and the Culture Industry.” Presented at the Association for Business Communication Conference, Lake Tahoe, NV; October 2008.

“’Why Should I Tell Them What I Know?’ Or, Knowledge Management From a Humanity Perspective.” Presented at the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference, New Orleans, LA; April 2008.

“Too Much Information? Finding a Productive Place for Social Networks in the Composition Classroom.” Presented at the Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing Conference, Minnesota State University; November 2006.


Lecturer at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX Aug. 2014 – Present

Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN Aug. 2011 – Aug. 2014

Courses taught:
WRIT 1506: Literacy, Technology, and Society (S13, F13)
WRIT 3121: Advanced Writing: Business and Organizations (S12)
WRIT 3130: Advanced Writing: Engineering (S13, online SS14)
WRIT 3150: Advanced Writing: Science (F11, S14)
WRIT 4100/5100: Introduction to Grant Writing and Project Planning (F13)
WRIT 4200: Writing and Cultures (S12, S14)
WRIT 4230/5230: Web Design and Digital Culture (S13)
WRIT 4260/5260: Visual Rhetoric and Culture (F12)
WRIT 8902: Teaching College Writing (F12)

Committee member for English M.A. Students
2014: Lindsey Jungman, Megan Kemper, Eric King, Seth Langreck
2013: Micaella Kinzlii

Advisor for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
2013-14: Joseph Labernik

Teaching Assistant at Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Aug. 2006 – July 2011

Courses taught:
ENGL 104: First-Year Composition I (F06)
ENGL 105: First-Year Composition II (S07)
ENGL 302: Business Communication (SS07, F07, SS08, S10, SS11)
ENGL 309: Report and Proposal Writing (F10, S11)
ENGL 314: Technical Communication (F08, S09, SS09, F09, SS10)
ME/WLC 484/584: Technology, Globalization, and Culture (F09, F10, F11)

Lecturer at Des Moines Area Community College, Ames, IA, Jan. 2008 – May 2010

Courses taught:
ENG 105: Composition I (F08)
ENG 106: Composition II (S09, F09)
ESL 096: Reading English as a Second Language (S10)
ESL 097: Intro to Writing Skills (S10)


Received a $550 grant jointly from the College of Liberal Arts and the Writing Studies department to take four English graduate students to the Great Plains Alliance Computers and Writing Conference to present their research: November 2012.

Received a $5,000 Imagine Grant to conduct research on Ann Smeltzer and the Iowa Learning Farm: July 2012.

Received a $4,500 grant from the Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust to conduct research on Ann Smeltzer and the Iowa Learning Farm: January 2012.

Received $11,000 of an $82,000 SARE Grant to conduct rhetorical analyses of women farmland owners in Iowa: November 2010.

Received the W. Paul Jones Scholarship and $500 for recognition of scholarly excellence: April 2009.

Received the Richard R. Wright Award and $200 for expository writing in rhetoric and composition: April 2009.

Academic Service

University of Minnesota Duluth
Assessment liaison for the Writing Studies major: 2013-14
Curriculum committee to revise the Writing Studies major: 2012-present
Hiring committee for senior Writing Program Administrator position: 2012-13
First-Year Writing Committee: 2012-13
Contributor to the Writing Study department’s self-study document in preparation for an external review: Spring 2012.

Iowa State University
Contributor to graduate student recruitment for potential PhD and MA students in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication program: March 2009 and March 2010
President of graduate student organization for PhD and MA students in Rhetoric and Professional Communication: Aug. 2009 – Aug. 2010
Proposal reviewer for 2009 ATTW Conference in San Francisco: Spring 2009
Committee to revise the Portfolio exam for second-year PhD students: Spring 2007

Professional Affiliations

Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
Modern Language Association
National Council for Teachers of English
Rhetoric Society of America