Patricia Bizzell, chair of the English department, has recently
been named president-elect of the Rhetoric Society of America.
The Society is a national organization composed of scholars
from a variety of disciplines who study rhetorics history,
theory, public practice and pedagogical methods. Bizzell
earned her Ph.D. in English literature from Rutgers University
in New Jersey. A nationally recognized authority on the teaching
of composition, she has lectured and conducted workshops
at other institutions and at scholarly meetings. Bizzell
is the author of numerous articles and essays on composition
theory. Her book, The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from
Classical Times to the Present, which she co-authored
with Bruce Herzberg, received the National Council of Teachers
of English Outstanding Book Award in 1992. She is an expert
on American literature, rhetoric and rhetorical theory, and
composition and composition theory.
Bizzell will chair the next biennial national conference
of the Rhetoric Society of America, to take place at the
University of Texas, Austin, in May 2004.