Welcome to the website for the MA major in Rhetoric and Composition! We invite you to explore our program and the opportunities it offers for advanced study in writing and the teaching of writing, including such exciting areas as minority rhetorics, digital literacies, writing theory and practice, history of rhetoric, gender and language, political rhetoric, writing centers, and more.
If you're a prospective student, you'll find information here about admission and degree requirements, our faculty, and our students. Current students will find updated information about current and future course offerings, program announcements, and faculty and student accomplishments.
We invite you to see what we have to offer!
Locating and Applying to PhD Programs in Rhetoric and Composition: Applying for doctoral programs can be a daunting task! This workshop is designed to make the process a bit easlier. We'll discuss resources for locating PhD programs in rhetoric and composition, questions to ask when considering particular programs, and tips for developing impressive credentials. When: Thursday, October 17th, 4:00-5:00. Where: TBA. Workshop Host: Dr. Eric Leake
It's Conference Time! Everything You Wanted to Know about Applying, Presenting, and Attending: This workshop provides students new to the academic conference scene with information about finding conferences in their areas of interest, applying to conferences, and protocol for presenting at and attending conferences.We'll also discuss financial support for graduate students who attend conferences. When: Tuesday, November 12th, 2:00-3:00. Where: FH 376. Workshop Host: Dr. Becky Jackson
Annual Caravan to Lockhart, Tx for BBQ deliciousness at Smitty's Market! When: Sunday, October 6th, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Host: Dr. Octavio Pimentel. Carpooling is available! If you need a ride from Austin, San Marcos, or in between, contact Dr. Pimentel, Dr. Jackson, or Bree Henderson in the MARC office.
Justin Whitney, 2012 MARC graduate, has had his article, "The 2010 Citizens Clean Elections Voter Education Guide," accepted for publication in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. Publication date is late 2013.
Nancy Wilson's essay, "Stocking the Bodega: Towards a New Writing Center Paradigm," has been accepted for publication in the fall 2012 issue of Praxis: A Writing Center Journal.
MARC student Graham Oliver will present his paper "A Supposedly Rhetorical Thing: David Foster Wallace, Burke's Identification, and Television" at the 2014 Rhetoric Society of America Conference in San Antonio, TX.
Octavio Pimentel will present his paper “Mexican Wrestlers and White Cowboys: Racist Media Spots in Television Commercials” on the panel "Racial Discourses in Media Unchained" at the 2013 Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference.
Rebecca Jackson will present her paper, "Laboring for Access (and Money): Directing a Virtual Writing Center in a For-Profit Institution," on the panel "Neither Here nor There: Opening the Story of Writing Center Labor" at the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis, IN.
Octavio Pimentel will present his paper "Taqueros, Luchadores, y los Brits: U.S. Racial Rhetorics and its Global Influence" on the panel "Opening Technical Communication to Discussions of Race and Ethnicity: A Conversation between Scholars in Technical Communication and Rhetoric and Composition" at the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis, IN.
MARC students Caroline Richardson and Shaun Bryan will present with Nancy Wilson and Michelle Elliott at the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication. Their presentation is titled "Co-Cultural Dis/Ability Discourses: Redefining Access in the Cs".
MARC student Alexis McGee will present her paper, "Barbie Goes Abroad: Stereotypes of The World" at the 2013 Popular/American Culture Conference.
MARC student Megan Boeshart will present her paper, "Women Narrating their Experience in the Online Gaming Community" at the 2013 FemRhet Conference at Stanford University.
MARC students Graham Oliver and Bree Henderson will present their paper, "Prosumer Backers and Self-Marketing Projects: The Rhetoric of Crowdfunding" at the 2013 Computers and Writing Conference in Frostburg, Maryland.
Octavio Pimentel will present his paper, "Giving Voice: The Latin@ Voice that is often Ignored at Best" at the 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Las Vegas, NV.
Rebecca Jackson will present her paper, "Uncovering the Hidden Work of Writing Center Administration" as part of the panel, "The Public (Face)Work of Administration: A Case Study of Six New Writing Center Directors," at the 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Las Vegas, NV, March 2013.
Rebecca Jackson will present her paper "Interrogating 'Support': Writing Center Master Narratives and the Politics of Change" at the 2013 Future of Writing Centers Symposium in Austin, TX, February 2013.
MARC students Kristie O'Donnell and Graham Oliver will present their paper "Big & Small: Theory in Practice" at the 2013 Future of Writing Centers Symposium in Austin, TX, February 2013.
MARC student Manuel Pina will present his paper "Reflections on (Dis)comfort in Writing Center Narratives" at the 2013 Future of Writing Centers Symposium in Austin, TX, 2013.