Department Chair and Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse, and Director of the Center for Writing and Speaking
Professor Lydia McDermott is the Director of the Center for Writing and Speaking, and an Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse at Whitman.
Her Ph.D. is in Rhetoric and Composition and her M.A. is in Creative Writing. She loves to write in practically any genre and especially loves helping others find a passion for writing. Aside from writing, she loves watching and playing soccer, hanging out with her three boys, and walking her dog, Sherlock Bones, around Ankeny Field.
Previous to coming to Whitman College, she helped to found and direct the Graduate Writing and Research Center at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Within RWPD, Professor McDermott teaches courses on composition, rhetorical theory, and rhetorical bodies, and facilitates writing education and support across Whitman's curriculum. Her first book, Liminial Bodies, Reproductive Health, and Feminist Rhetoric: Searching the Negative Spaces in the History of Rhetoric, came out with Rowman Littlefield Press, Lexington Books, in 2016.