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Dr. Rickert, Dr. Wu, and Dr. Dilger during the 2022 Hutton Lecture Series.
From left: Dr. Thomas Rickert, Dr. Hui Wu (from University of Texas at Tyler), and Dr. Bradley Dilger during the Rhetoric and Composition program's Hutton Lecture series. 

Jennifer Bay
Professor of English
new media; professional writing; feminism and rhetoric; community engagement

Samantha Blackmon
Associate Professor of English
computers and writing; gaming and culture; African American history and rhetoric; lesbian studies; writing program administration

Harry Denny
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Professor of English; Director of Purdue OWL
Professor Denny’s research focuses on composition studies, writing center theory and practice, LGBT studies, research methods for program and writing assessment. His most recent project, Gender, Sexuality and the Cultural Politics of Men’s Identity in the New Millennium: Literacies of Masculinity (Routledge), maps the connections between media, popular culture, and the pedagogy of reading and writing the performances of masculinity.

Bradley Dilger
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Professor of English; Director of Writing
Professor Dilger's research focuses on writing networks, programs, and transfer. He studies and teaches diverse types of writing, including writing for work, at school, and other contexts. His research methods rely heavily on interviews and observations. Dilger is part of the leadership of Crow, the Corpus & Repository of Writing (, the first web-based writing archive that integrates a learner corpus with a repository of the teaching artifacts that shaped it. With Neil Baird, he is conducting a methodological study of the discourse-based interview and creating a public archive of materials intended to help researchers learn to use interviews in writing research. He's a year round bike commuter, husband of Erin, and dad to Madelyn and Amelia.

Richard Johnson-Sheehan
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Professor of English
Richard Johnson-Sheehan is a scholar of scientific and technical communication, medical and healthcare writing, entrepreneurship, environmental rhetorics, and ancient rhetorics. He has published numerous articles and several books, including Technical Communication Today, 7e, Writing Today, 5e, Argument Today, 2e, Writing Proposals, 3e, among others.

Thomas Rickert
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Professor of English
Thomas J. Rickert is Professor of English at Purdue University. His research interests are oriented on histories and theories of rhetoric, with particular focuses on the sophists, comparative rhetoric, ecology, and post-phenomenological approaches to media and technology. He has published Acts of Enjoyment: Rhetoric, Zizek, and the Return of the Subject (2007) and Ambient Rhetoric: The Attunements of Rhetorical Being (2013), both with Pittsburgh University Press. He has published essays in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Philosophy & Rhetoric, Review of Communication, and Rhetorica. Recent work has addressed the relations of rhetoric to media and technology in Ancient Greece and in the contemporary world. His current book project is about developing an existential theory of rhetoric.

Michael Salvo
Professor of English
technical communication; ethics; information architecture

Patricia Sullivan
Professor of English
online publics & feminism; historiography and rhetorical methodologies; technical communication


Associated Faculty and Staff

Aparajita Sagar, Associate Professor
postcolonial literature, feminist-cultural studies, urban space


Emerita Professors

Muriel Harris, Professor Emerita
writing centers; online tutoring; collaboration

Shirley Rose, Professor Emerita
composition theory & pedagogy; citation studies; writing program administration
now a Professor of English at Arizona State University

Irwin Weiser
composition theory; writing across the curriculum; writing program administration

Linda Bergmann, Professor Emerita and Director of the Writing Lab
American nineteenth century popular nonfiction; writing centers; writing program administration

Janice Lauer, Reece McGee Distinguished Professor Emerita and First Director of the Graduate Program in Rhetoric and Composition
rhetorical history; composition theory & pedagogy