Janice Lauer (Rice)

Professor // English
Emeriti Faculty

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Professor Lauer moved in 1980, to Purdue University where she founded one of the first doctoral programs in a new field in English, “Rhetoric and Composition. “ When she retired in 2003, the program had over 200 doctoral graduates.

During her teaching and scholarly career, she directed the Cranbrook Writers Conference; offered a two-week international summer Rhetoric Seminar for professors for thirteen years; directed and taught in Purdue’s Rhetoric and Composition Program for 23 years including directing 57 dissertations. She also wrote numerous books and essays in her field as well as lectured extensively about the writing process as inquiry.

She served as Coordinator of the Consortium of Rhetoric and Composition Doctoral Programs; as Executive Committee member of the National Council of Teachers of English; and as a member of the Board of Directors of Rhetoric Society of America.

A Distinguished Professor, she received awards including an “Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters” from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas; the College Composition and Communication Conference’s “Exemplar Award;” Purdue’s School of Liberal Arts’ “Excellence in Education Award;” a “Hopwood Award” at the University of Michigan, and the Rhetoric Society of America’s “Distinguished Service Award,”



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