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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 working in both the English and in USF’s new Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS). 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.” I also work with a number of colleagues on interdisciplinary research projects in sustainability and climate change communication.
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.
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