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After many years of teaching and research in Rhetoric for a variety of English departments, I am now in the unusual position of holding a joint appointment in English and in USF’s new Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS). Why serve one master when you can have two? Realistically however, this arrangement allows me to formalize what I have been doing for a number of years. Before coming to USF in 2010, I worked in interdisciplinary teams on research projects in agroeosystem management and sustainable biofuel development at Iowa State University. And I was a “faculty affiliate” in statistics at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for a number of years. I like doing rhetoric of science that is engaged with the doing of science and has a specific intellectual or practical site.
Like some scholars in Rhetoric and in Science Studies, e.g. Bruno Latour, Collins and Evans, Celest Condit, I have come to realize that rhetorical research and practice has opportunities and responsibilities for doing engaged research in science, sustainability, policy making. This is neither straight forward nor easy. And I wouldn’t want to suggest that this is the only type of work we as a discipline should be doing. But in the face of what Latour calls “ecocide,” it is a growing and badly needed form of intellectual and political engagement. Over the last few years, I have published co-authored articles in journals such as Sustainable Agriculture, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, and the Journal of Geophysical Research. (And I do also publish in Rhetoric journals and books.) And I have conducted workshops on sustainable biofuel development with scientists, farmers and policy makers in an attempt to make progress on important issues in sustainability.
In my current position, I teach graduate seminars in “Rhetoric of Science,” Rhetoric and New Materialism” and in “Cultural Studies and Rhetoric” for the English department. And I direct dissertations and MA theses in rhetoric of science and rhetorical theory. But I also teach in the College of Sustainability. Along with one of the rhetoric programs advanced doctoral students, I teach PCSG’s required course on “Communicating the Value of Sustainability.” Better yet, I work with a number of colleagues on interdisciplinary research projects in sustainability, and I am in the process of building the new college’s “Applied Rhetoric of Science and Sustainability” research initiative. This project brings together faculty and graduate students in disciplines such as Rhetoric, Sociology, Government, Women and Gender Studies to work on research in global sustainability and communication. We are constantly looking for faculty with the intellectual skills and interest in interdisciplinary research.
One benefit of being a full professor is that I can afford to “boldly go where no one (or relatively few) have gone before.” Being in both the rhetoric program and the Patel College offers me a unique opportunity, and it is one I share with my colleagues and graduate students as much as possible.
Fall 2010 Syllabus
Spring 2011 Syllabus
Fall 2011 Syllabus
Spring 2012 Syllabus
Fall 2012 Syllabus