Rhetoric and Writing Graduate Faculty

BartonDr. Matt Barton

My academic and professional interests are rhetoric (including digital, visual, and classic), composition, new media, social media, and professional writing. The bulk of my research has focused on videogames and wikis, but I am broadly interested in the many roles digital technology plays in culture and society. I am currently working on a documentary project on the history of videogames. I am the co-founder and frequent contributor to Armchair Arcade, a website dedicated to studying games and computers. Lately, I've been producing "Matt Chat," a series of weekly video podcasts (available on YouTube and iTunes) on the greatest games of all time.

B.A. Louisiana Scholars College (English)
M.A. Northwestern State University (English)
Ph.D. University of South Florida (Rhetoric and Composition)

FountaineDr. Tim Fountaine

My Ph.D., earned at Michigan Technological University, is in Rhetoric and Technical Communication. My dissertation project, Theorizing a Pedagogy of the Personal, established the emphases of my doctoral study and my continuing research interests in Visual Studies, Cultural Rhetoric, and Writing Pedagogy and Theory. Here at SCSU I teach general education courses; professional, business and technical writing; and several of the courses in the undergraduate major and in the Master's degree curriculum.



FoxDr. Catherine Fox

My research focuses on questions of power and the rhetorical construction of agency and subjectivity, particularly as they are articulated within feminist and queer theories. I have published articles in College English; JACPedagogy; Feminist Studies; Third-SpaceFeminist Challenges/Feminist Rhetorics; Socialist Studies/Études Socialistes; Technical Communication Quarterly; and Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature. My pedagogy emphasizes active, engaged learning focused on challenging students to think and write deeply. I am a long-time practitioner of yoga and have a growing interest in integrating mind/body awareness in my rhetoric and writing classes. I typically teach courses that focus on alternative rhetorics and pedagogies, critical approaches to rhetorical criticism, rhetorical theory, and LGBT literature. I have coordinated and facilitated informal graduate student writing groups and have mentored both undergraduate and graduate students in the preparation and delivery of academic papers at regional and national conferences.

B.A. Goddard College (Feminist Studies)
M.A. Miami University (Rhetoric and Composition and 20th Century American Literature)
Ph.D. Iowa State University (Rhetoric and Professional Communication)

HeimanDr. Jamie Heiman

My research interests are rhetoric of science and technology, visual rhetoric, writing in the workplace, and the history of rhetorical theory. When possible, I bring these interests into the classroom. For instance, I usually teach our first-year composition course with a science and technology theme, and I recently taught our Applied Rhetoric graduate course with a focus on visual rhetoric in which we studied, among other things, the rhetorical effects of fonts and typography and the negative effects of PowerPoint (and how to use the software more effectively). My emerging research interests include exploring the relationship between rhetoric and both critical thinking in the classroom as well as Eastern philosophies. I am currently the Director of Internships for the English Department. I have worked with four different First Year Experience (FYE) learning communities at St. Cloud State during the past five years. I am involved in efforts to support and celebrate SCSU students who have served our country in the Armed Forces; these efforts include offering an FYE for veterans as well as teaching English 331 and 333 with a focus on the “American Experience of the War on Terror,” featuring a student-collected oral narrative of an SCSU student who has served in the military. I am active in the SCSU Mediation Program and serve as a conflict coach for the campus community. On occasion, I work as a consultant with local businesses, assisting them in improving their workplace communication processes and products.

B.A. Rockhurst College (English/Pre-Medicine)
M.A. University of Oklahoma (Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy)
Ph.D. Iowa State University (Rhetoric and Professional Communication)


Dr. Carol Mohrbacher

Research and Teaching Interests My academic and professional interests include, but are not limited to digital copyright and its effects on academic authorship, rhetorical strategy of Supreme Court decision authors, research methods for writing center scholarship, and the application of dramatist theory in collaborative contexts. Other Relevant Activities Director of the Write Place writing center; liaison between instructors and graduate consultants for the Supplemental 191 course; active member of the campus mediation team; Faculty Advisor for the Liberian Student Association; member of Minnesota Colleges and Universities English and Writing (MnCUEW) conference planning team.

B.A. St. Cloud State Univeristy (French, minor Creative Writing)
M.A. St. Cloud State University (English)
Ph.D. Iowa State Univeristy (Rhetoric and Professional Communication)


Veeder Dr. Rex Veeder

My research interests gravitate around the center of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary studies. Past and current interests include, civic engagement, diversity, spacious rhetoric (the rhetoric for now and the future in a diverse society), the rhetoric of teaching and learning, literature and rhetoric, art and rhetoric, and narrative medicine. I have a particular interest in indigenous rhetoric and the rhetoric of marginalized peoples. My teaching interests include the rhetoric of change agents, civic rhetoric, rhetorical history, theory, philosophy and rhetoric, the rhetoric of teaching and learning, and composition. I have some personal knowledge of the rhetoric of change and resistance to change within institutions, participate in the American Democracy Project, and engage in creative writing and art as a fundamental act of rhetoric. I am working with institutions across the country to promote courses and programs in “narrative medicine,” a program and movement dedicated to facilitating caring communication among patients, caregivers, and Doctors.

B.S. Illinois State University (Speech and Drama Education)
M.A. University of Nebraska (Literature)
M.F.A. University of Arizona (Creative Writing)
Ph.D. University of Arizona (Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English)

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