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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

Wednesdays, from 4:00 to 6:00 in the Writing Center 


Applying for PhD Programs in Rhetoric and Composition (with Dr. Eric Leake and Dr. Becky Jackson)

Thursday, October 22nd, from 2:30 to 3:30 
Refreshments provided!

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 




MARC graduate Bettina Ramon is now the Communications Manager at the American Architectural Foundation in Washington D.C.

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. 

MARC graduate Mary McCulley has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Cedarville University in Ohio. Mary is currently completing her dissertation on 19th-century women's rhetoric and literature at Texas Christian University. She will start her new position in the fall.

MARC graduate Megan Boeshart has been accepted into the PhD program in English at Old Dominion University where she will focus on program emphases in writing & rhetoric and technology & media studies. 

MARC graduate Amanda (Rice) Rawlinson has been hired as the Human Resources Manager for IAU-College of Medicine (International American University) in Dallas, TX.

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. 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.

DrOctavio Pimentel's edited collection (with Miriam Williams)--Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication--was published by Baywood Publishing Press in 2014.

Dr. Octavio Pimentel's book chapter, (written with Katie Gutierrez) "Taqueros, Luchadores, y los Brits: U.S. Racial Rhetoric, and its Global Influence” appears in Race, Ethnicity, and Technical Communication. Eds. Miriam F. Williams, and Octavio Pimentel. New York: Baywood Publishing Press, 2014. 87-99. Print.

Dr. Octavio Pimentel's article “Learning to Write in Writing Centers: The Racial Experiences of Two Mexican Students.” English in Texas, 44.2 (2014): 34-39. Print.

Dr. Deb Balzhiser's article, "Community Guides: Disrupting Oppression in Comment Threads on Social Sites," written with Stephanie Vie (University of Central Florida) and Devon Fitzgerald Ralston (Miami University, Ohio), appears in Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society 4 (2014). Web.

Dr. Deb Balzhiser's article, “Participatory Media & Culture: The Spirit of the Human,” written with Caroline Jones (Austin Community College) and Julie Good (MATC), and designed by Tate English (MATC) appears in Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society 4 (2014). Web.

Dr. Rebecca Jackson's article (with Nicole Caswell and Jackie Grutsch McKinney) "A Glimpse into the Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors" appears in the fall issue of Forum: Issues about Part-Time and Contingent Faculty 18.1 (Fall 2014): A3-A8. In College Composition and Communication 66.1 (September 2014). Print.

Conference Presentations

The MARC program will be 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 include 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 will present "Text Affiliations, Program Strengths, and the (Re)Making of MA Writing Studies Identity" at the 2015 CCCC in Tampa, Fl. She will speak 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 will present "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 will present "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 will also act as session chair.