• Matthew Bost

    Matthew Bost

    Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse

    Olin 148
    509-522-4433

    Assistant Professor Matthew Bost joined the Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse (RWPD) Department in the fall of 2016. He has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies and his work focuses on the relationship between rhetoric, philosophy and social change. Bost's teaching specialties include classical and contemporary rhetorical theory, rhetorical studies of visual, auditory, tactile and other sensory registers, and the intersections between rhetoric, identity and social change.

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  • Chetna Chopra

    Chetna Chopra

    Adjunct Assistant Professor of General Studies and Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse

    Olin 261
    509-527-5846
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  • Ellen Defossez

    Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse

    Olin 147
    509-526-4742

    Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse Ellen Defossez teaches courses in rhetorical theory, the rhetorics of health and medicine, and science communication. She specializes in the rhetorical study of medicalization—a process by which certain traits, behaviors and conditions come to be defined as medical problems with medical solutions. 

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  • Lydia McDermott

    Lydia McDermott

    Department Chair and Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse and Director of the Center for Writing and Speaking

    Associate Professor Lydia McDermott loves the power that language has to shape our lived experiences. She loves to write in practically any genre and especially loves helping others find a passion for writing. She actively publishes poetry alongside her scholarly research. McDermott's recent research has centered on midwifery in the global context and rhetorics of racism. 

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  • Kaitlyn G. Patia

    Kaitlyn G. Patia

    Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Writing, and Public Discourse

    Olin Hall 146
    509-524-2087

    Assistant Professor Kaitlyn Patia teaches in the Rhetoric, Writing, and Public Discourse and the Gender Studies departments at Whitman. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University, her M.A. from the University of Minnesota, and her Ph.D. from Penn State. She teaches classes on public speaking, the rhetoric of social protest, rhetoric, gender, and sexuality, rhetoric and violence, immigration and border discourses, the black freedom struggle and voices of women's rights activism.

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  • Rob Schlegel

    Rob Schlegel

    Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse

    Olin Hall 260
    509-524-2092

    Rob Schlegel’s award-winning teaching encourages students to write into authenticity. Schlegel fell in love with the poems, essays and stories of William Stafford, Ursula Le Guin, Juan Felipe Herrera, David James Duncan, Elizabeth Bishop and Primus St. John. His writing has appeared in Boston Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, The Nation and elsewhere.

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  • Johanna Stoberock

    Johanna Stoberock

    Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse

    Olin Hall 244
    509-527-5847 (phone) 509-527-5039 (fax)

    Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse Johanna Stoberock is the author of two novels, “Pigs  (Red Hen Press) and “City of Ghosts  (W. W. Norton). She has an M.F.A in Fiction from the University of Washington. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Review of Books, Lit Hub, the Best of the Net Anthology and elsewhere. She has extensive experience in both magazine and book publishing.

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  • Jenna Terry

    Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse

    Olin 262
    509-527-5998

    Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor Jenna Terry earned a B.A. with honors in history from Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Houston. In addition to teaching writing at Whitman, Professor Terry is the rhetoric, writing and bublic discourse 170 course coordinator.

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  • Victor Villanueva

    Victor Villanueva

    Edward F. Arnold Visiting Professor of Composition and Rhetoric

    Victor Villanueva is the Edward F. Arnold visiting professor of composition and rhetoric. He is Regents Professor, Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor and director of the University Writing Program at Washington State University. Villanueva's work centers on the connections between language and racism. He has written eight books, over 50 articles or chapters in books and has given over 100 talks.

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