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08/08/2018 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Summer 8wk session final grades due
Fall Classes Begin

Ryan Lowe


PhD, Washington University in St. Louis 
MA, Washington University in St. Louis 
BA, University of Utah

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Early American Literature
  • Transatlantic Studies
  • Theory of the Novel
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies

Classes Taught

  • ENGL 1113 and 1213 -- Composition I and II
  • ENGL 1313 -- Honors Writing: Youth Culture Then and Now
  • ENGL 1413 -- Honors Writing: Definitions of Heroism
  • ENGL 2413 -- Introduction to Literature

Selected Publications


  • “ ‘The Imperfection of Mr. Fearing’: Hawthorne and Disability Narratives,” ALA in San Francisco, May 26-29, 2017.
  • “The Art (and Science) of Travelling Companions,” Midwest MLA in Columbus, OH, November 12-15, 2016.

Honors & Offices

  • Travel Grant for Visiting Professors, Oklahoma State University, 2016.
  • Finalist, Writing 1 Faculty Award, Washington University in St. Louis, 2014.
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis, 2012.

Current Projects

I am currently studying the rise of the “tourist love story” in American literature and film. I'm also working on a coming-of-age novel that follows a young returned Mormon missionary as he explores Salt Lake City.

PhD in English, Rhetoric and Professional Writing

The English Department grants one doctoral degree, the PhD in English. Students in the Rhetoric and Professional Writing program work closely with their advisory committees  to design a plan of study suitable to students’ research interests and career goals. Rhetoric and Professional Writing students have the opportunity to take courses and develop their research projects  in three subject areas. These are:

Composition and rhetoric
Research in this area typically

  • Explores the historical and contemporary work of composition and rhetoric theorists, applying and developing theoretical insights related to the production of texts;
  • Raises critical awareness of how ideologies of race, gender, sexuality, and class are inscribed, effaced, complicated, or extended through language practices;
  • Develops and practices innovative pedagogical strategies and designs assessment methodologies to determine their efficacy.

Sample courses: History of Rhetoric; Genre Studies, Resistance, Rhetoric and the Politics of Literacy; Environmental Writing, and Discipline-Specific Writing and Guidance Genres, among others.

Digital studies
Research and study in this subject area typically

  • Develops new pedagogies, methodologies, and theories made possible through computerization (i.e. software applications, coding, virtual environments, and interactive media);
  • Raises critical awareness of how ideologies of race, gender, sexuality, and class are inscribed, effaced, complicated, or extended by computerization;
  • Creates and supports scholarly and teaching materials in the form of webtexts that seek to disrupt or complicate academic and print traditions by incorporating multiple modes of meaning making (visual, aural, procedural, synesthetic, haptic, olfactory, etc.).

Sample courses: Software Studies, Technology as Harbinger/Rhetorics of Technology, Multimodal Theory and Practice, Literacy in the Digital Age.

Professional writing
Research and study in this subject area typically

  • Investigates and analyzes the strategies of workplace writers, writing for the public and writing for and across discourse communities;
  • Raises critical awareness of genre expectations in light of theories of ethics and audience analysis;
  • Creates and supports scholarly and teaching materials in both traditional and web genres with particular attention to style, editing, and design.

Sample courses: Studies in Visual Rhetorics and Design, Style and Editing, Genres in Professional Writing, Professional Writing Theory and Pedagogy,  and Ethics in the Internet Age, among others.

This breadth of course offerings means that students immerse themselves in innovative scholarly projects such as

V is What Democracy Looks Like: Image Politics in the Age of Post-Scarcity Information, Bryan Jones, PhD., 2017.

Texts in the Age of Digital Reproduction: A Rhetoric of Authenticity in the Age of Multimodality, Dustin Morris, PhD., 2017.

Complicating and Clarifying Disciplinary Writing Practices: The Toggling Move for Building Rhetorical Flexibility, Lindsay Clark, PhD., 2017.

Composing Place. Steven Pederson, PhD., 2015.

The Rhetoric of Strength in American Culture, 1890-Present Day,. Benjamin Smith, PhD., 2015.

Exploring Multimodal Composing: A Techno-Pedagogical Study, Elkie Burnside, PhD., 2013.

Increasing Genre Awareness in Students in the First-Year Composition Classroom at a Two-Year College, Jeff Tate, PhD., 2015.

For a description of the admission qualifications, application materials, degree requirements and regulations, and other details specific to the PhD in English degree, see the PhD Guidelines

Please contact An Cheng, Director of Rhetoric and Professional Writing, at an.cheng@okstate.edu or 405-744-9474 or the faculty members whose research areas match your interest for information about the PhD in English degree.

Anna Sicari

PhD, St. John's University
BA, George Washington University

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy
  • Feminist Research Methods
  • Feminist Theory
  • Composition Theory and Pedagogy
  • Qualitative Research
  • Writing Program Administration

Selected Publications

  • Out in the Center: Public Controversies and Private Struggles. Utah State University Press, forthcoming Spring 2018.
  • "Everyday Truths: Reflections from a Woman Writing Center Professional." Out in the Center. Utah Universpty Press, forthcoming Spring 2018.
  • Review Essay of The Working Lives of New Writing Center DirectorsThe Writing Center Journal 36.2. forthcoming Spring 2018.

Conference Presentations

  • "Promoting Meaningful Writing in Our Writing Centers," at IWCA. Chicago, IL. November 11, 2017.
  • "When the Secret is Out in the Center: Interrogating Private Struggles through Public Controversies," at IWCA. Chicago, IL. November 11, 2017.
  • "The Aim of Out in the Center: Cultivating Change through Public Controversies and Private Struggles," at CCCC. Portland, OR. March 16, 2017.
  • "Decolonizing Research," at IWCA. Denver, CO. October 14, 2016.
  • "Feminist Action for Women Writing Program Administratiors: Movements for Change in the Academy," at CCCC. Houston, TX. April 8, 2016.
  • "From Research Questions to Results: The Publication Pipeline," at IWCA Collaborative at CCCCs. Houston, TX. April 6, 2016.

Honors & Offices

  • Associate Editor, The Writing Center Journal
  • IWCA Representative, International Writing Centers Association

Current Research Projects

"'You're Just Kind of Chillin': The Same Old Story: Invisibility, Voice, and Authority in the Feminized Field of Writing Centers"
"Head Pats, Giant Boobs, and Looking on Fleek: Embodied Experiences of Women Writing Program Administrators"
Our Body of Works: Embodied Teaching and Administation in Writing Studies

Sarah Lonelodge, PhD student in Rhetoric and Professional Writing

MA, University of Central Oklahoma
BA, University of Oklahoma

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Religious Rhetoric
  • Cult Rhetoric
  • Composition Pedagogy

Selected Publications

  • "Minor Adjustments." Soliloquies Anthology. 2nd ed. Vol. 20. Montreal: Concordia University. 2016. Print.
  • "Review: Robin Wall Kimmerer's Braiding Sweetgrass." Kudzu Vine. 2014.
  • "The Concept of Failure in the Writing Classroom." Albiet Jounral 1.2. 2014.

Conference Presentations

  • "Revealing Your Alias." International Writing Center Association (IWCA) Conference. November 2017. 

Honors and Offices

  • Category Chair: Oklahoma Writer's Federation, Inc. Annual Writing Contest, 2014-2016
  • Peer Reviewer: Kudzu Review, 2014-present

Kent Linthicum

PhD, Arizona State University
BA, University of the Pacific

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Nineteenth Century British Literature
  • Environmental Humanities
  • History of Science

Classes Taught

  • Introduction to Literature
  • Honors Composition I & II
  • Composition I & II

Jounal Articles

Public Humanities Work

Current Research Projects

  • The ways that British literature and culture both facilitated and resisted the adoption of coal as a fuel source.
  • The impact of the 1815 Tambora eruption on the poetry of the early nineteenth century.
  • The long-term anxiety about the stability of the earth as expressed in nineteenth century media.