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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: Spring 2014

MARC Director, Dr. Jackson, will host an informational workshop on Thesis and Portfolio options. The workshop will be held in FH 257 on Wednesday, February 19th from 2:00-3:00 PM.

Dr. Eric Leake will host a workshop on writing successful conference proposals. It will be held in FH 376 on Wednesday, April 2nd from 3:00-4:00 PM.

MARC Social Gatherings: Spring 2014

MARC Director, Dr. Jackson, will host a social gathering at Grin's in San Marcos on Tuesday, February 11th at 6 PM. Come by for some chips, queso, and great conversation. Hope to see you there!


Congratulations!

MARC student Lexi McGee has committed to the University of Texas at San Antonio Ph.D. program in English with a Certification in Rhetoric and Composition. She has also been awarded a fellowship.

MARC student Shaun Ford has been awarded the Ralph and Francys Houston Scholarship and the Mary-Agnes Taylor Scholarship from the Texas State English Department. 

MARC student Cresta Bayley has been selected by the Department of English scholarship committee to receive a special award of $500 from the Thomas L. Brasher Memorial Endowed Scholarship.  

Publications


Courtney Werner, 2008 MARC graduate, 2012 Kent State graduate, and Assistant Professor at Hope College published "Age and Peer Status in Writing Center Conferences." The article, written with Jessica Heffner, can be found in the winter 2013 issue of Academic Exchange Quarterly.

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.

Conference Presentations


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.