One of the top research-oriented rhetoric and composition graduate programs in the country, RCTE offers a unique convergence of writing, literacy, and cultural study, always with an aim toward critical and transformative action in the world. We are a transdisciplinary community of scholars, teachers, mentors, and activists who, from a multitude of theoretical approaches and methodological orientations, work to demonstrate that rhetoric is lived, not just studied.
As educators in the classroom and the wider communities we serve, RCTE faculty, staff, and students work together to show how analyzing language in all its forms--from 18th Century manuals of English usage, Mezoamerican codices, and queer zines by women of color, to stand-up comedy routines, government documents about nuclear winter, and discourses of international peace talks (among many others)--clarifies in important and useful ways the conditions for, and sometimes hindrance of, social change.
RCTE is home to a nationally recognized and highly innovative writing program, which offers writing teacher and writing program administrator preparation that is second to none--a fact attested to by RCTE's exceptional graduate placement record. RCTE is also closely connected to many of the humanities' most well respected journals, including Rhetoric Review; Community Literacy Journal; Works & Days; Kairos; The Writing Instructor; Orion Magazine; Advances in the History of Rhetoric; The Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies; Literacy in Composition Studies; Technoculture, and others.
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Ken S. McAllister, Director