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MA in Rhetoric & Composition


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!

MA Rhetoric and Composition Brochure (PDF)

MARC Workshops and Meetings Fall 2015


Writing Wednesdays: Revising for Publication

Revising for Publication is for graduate and doctoral students beginning their transition from student to scholar. If you intend to publish academic essays, this workshop will help you better understand how to turn class papers and thesis or dissertation chapters into scholarly publications and presentations.
Wednesdays, from 4:00 to 6:00 in the Writing Center

Applying for PhD Programs in Rhetoric and Composition

Thursday, October 22nd, from 2:30 to 3:30
Hosted by Dr. Eric Leake and Dr. Rebecca Jackson

Grad College Shop Talk: IRB Survival Skills

Everything you ever wanted to know, or didn't realize you needed to know, about the process of submitting an IRB Application at Texas State.
Tuesday, November 10th, from 4:30 to 5:30
Register here!

MARC Social Events Fall 2015


Lunch at Kent Blacks BBQ in San Marcos (www.kentblacksbbq.com

Sunday, September 27, from 12:00 to 2:00
Hosted by Dr. Octavio Pimentel 

MARC Happy Hour 

Grin's Restaurant (San Marcos)
Thursday, October 22nd, from 4:00 to 5:30 
Hosted by Dr. Becky Jackson 



Spring 2015 MARC graduate Colin Couey is currently teaching Rhetoric and Composition courses at both St. Edward's University in Austin and at Texas State. In addition, he currently works as a tutor in the St. Edward's Writing Center. 

Spring 2015 MARC graduate Jeffery Downs currently teaches freshman Rhetoric and Composition courses at St. Edward's University in Austin and is applying for Ph.D. programs in Rhetoric and Writing. 

Spring 2015 MARC graduate Melissa Heidelberg has continued her employed with a global consulting firm, Accenture, as a Technology Consultant. 

MARC student Shaun Bryan has been accepted into the M.A. in Applied Philosophy and Ethics (MAAPE) program at Texas State for fall 2015. He plans to study the philosophy of cognition, logic, the philosophy of language and its connection to cognition, the philosophy of education, and the mind/body connection in continuation of his research into disability studies. 

Dr. Rebecca Jackson was named an Alpha Chi "Favorite Professor" in 2014 and 2015.

Dr. Octavio Pimentel has been named the faculty recipient of Texas State’s Excellence in Diversity Award.

Dr. Octavio Pimentel and MATC director Dr. Miriam Williams' coedited collection, Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication, has been nominated by the National Council of Teachers of English for Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication, 2016. 


Dr. Deb Balzhiser’s article, "Participatory Design Research for Curriculum Development of Graduate Programs for Workplace Professionals,” written with Paul Sawyer (Southeastern Louisiana University), J Smith (MATC), and Shen Womack (MATC), will appear in Programmatic Perspectives 7.2 (Fall 2015). Web.

Dr. Octavio Pimentel's book--Historias de Éxito within Mexican Communities: Silenced Voices (Palgrave Macmillan a division of St. Martin’s Press)--is forthcoming in spring 2015.

Dr. Eric Leake's coauthored chapter with Cydney Alexis and Scot Barnet, titled "Composing Place, Composing Las Vegas," is due to be published in 2015 in Star Vanguri's Rhetorics of Names and Naming. 

Conference Presentations

The MARC program was well represented at the 2015 South Central Writing Centers Association Conference (“What Starts Here Writes The World”) at the University of Texas-Austin this February. Presenters included current students, graduates, and faculty: Cresta Bayley: “Re-Writing Wikipedia in the Writing Center: A Retrospective and How-To”; Collin Couey: “Tutoring on the Margins: Helping Students with ADHD”; Shaun Ford, Nancy Wilson, and Rachel Snow: “Welcome to the Tea Party: Process vs. Product in the Writing Center Wonderland”; Rebecca Jackson: “‘Feeling Rules,’ Outlaw(ed) Emotions, and the Affective Landscape of Writing Center Tutoring”; Kristin Riggs: “Prompting Change in the Writing Center: A Writing Instructor’s Perspective”

Dr. Rebecca Jackson presented "Text Affiliations, Program Strengths, and the (Re)Making of MA Writing Studies Identity" at the 2015 CCCC in Tampa, Fl. She spoke as part of a panel on MA Writing Studies programs titled "Masters of Risk: MA Writing Studies Programs as Sites of Innovation."

MARC student Colin Couey presented "You and Your Crew: A Critical History of Rap Groups" at the Popular Culture Associate conference in New Orleans, LA, April 2015.

Dr. Octavo Pimentel and MARC students Edward Garza and Melinda Ingersoll presented "Cuentos  Exitosos: Success  Stories of Hispanic Developmental Students" at the 2015 Texas State University Student Success Symposium in January.

MARC student Nathaniel Hagemaster presented "Constructing the "Spooky Queen:" Hyper Gender Portrayals and Androgyny in Horror Movies Contributing to Alternative Drag Identities" at the 2015 Southwest Popular American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also acted as session chair.

The MARC program was well represented at the third annual Trends in Teaching College Composition Conference hosted by Collin College in Mckinney, Texas. Dr. Jaíme Mejia presented "Using Sociology to Assess Audience Awareness in FYC Classes." Clare Murray presented "'This I believe': Latin@ Narratives in Freshman Student Writing" and Edward Garza presented "...And El Español Did Not Devour Them: Crossing Composition Borders with LatinX Literature." 

Dr. Eric Leake will present "Recovering Empathy with Things" at the 2016 Rhetoric Society of America conference in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The MARC program will be represented at the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Houston, Texas by Dr. Octavio Pimentel and Dr. Eric LeakeDr. Pimentel will present "Opening the Gateway: The Power of Dual Language Composition Courses" and Dr. Leake will present "Empathy and the Essay: Writing in Response to Perspective-Taking Prompts."