​​​​​​Master of Rhetoric and Writing Program Highlights​

The Master of Arts of Rhetoric and Writing emphasizes experiential learning and provides ample opportunities for students to participate in service-learning, networking, and travel.

MARW students can explore their interests and develop professional skills through a variety of hands-on learning projects and partner-programs. Through our program, students have access to networking opportunities with some of the biggest names in the field of rhetoric and writing and career support from working professionals from a variety of fields. We value experiential learning and to reflect that we provide plenty of programs and opportunities for students to have those experiences.

Bailey Poland '17 shares how experiential learning helped her discover her interests and passions. Watch the videos below to hear her story.


Visiting Scholars

Every year, MARW students work one on one with a visiting scholar. During each visit,​​​ MARW students attend a master class, attend a campus keynote lecture, and meet with the scholar one-on-one for doctoral application advice and career guidance.

2019-2020 visiting scholars:

  • ​Derek Mueller, associate professor of Rhetoric and Writing and Director of Composition at Virginia Tech. Author of: Network Sense: Methods for Visualizing a Discipline
  • Angela Haas, associate professor of rhetoric, technical communication, ethnic, & women's and gender studies and the Graduate Program Director for the Department of English at Illinois State University. Author of: Key Theoretical Frameworks: Teaching Technical Communication in the Twenty-First Century​

Past visiting scholars include:


  • Duane Roen, vice provost of Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus, dean of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, dean of University College, coordinator of the Project for Writing and Recording Family History, and a professor of English. 

  • Cynthia Selfe, distinguished humanities professor-emeritus at the Department of English at The Ohio State University

  • Norman Sandridge, Associate Professor of Classics, Fellow in Leadership Studies and Greater Washington Outreach at Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies

  • Cheryl Ball, director of the Digital Publishing Collaborative at Wayne State University Libraries, project director for Vega, and editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.

  • Ryan Fowler, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Franklin and Marshall College

  • Doug Hesse, founding Executive Director of the Writing Program at the University of Denver and Professor of English

  • J. Michael Rifenburg, associate professor and director of first-year composition and Faculty Fellow for Scholarly Writing within the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership at the University of North Georgia​​​

Travel, Conference, and Presentation Opportunities

MARW students have the opportunity to apply for and receive funding for travel expenses related to conference presentation and attendance. Students are encouraged to apply to and travel to conferences in Ohio, and across the United States.​

London Scholars


Every spring, MARW students are invited to join the London Scholars for a three-week study abroad trip. Students travel to London and spend time immersed in the culture while they study and participate in projects related to their time in the city. As part of this experience, students work with Prolifiko, a London-based writing productivity group, visit Oxford University and take a class at the British Museum. ​​


Our thesis students have additional writing support through Prolifiko, a London-based writing productivity group. Prolifiko provides an online space to track writing goals. It provides both virtual and face-to-face personalized writing coaching to help students meet their writing goals.​

Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies

Each spring, MARW students have the option of visiting the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) in conjunction with the ENGL 504 Classical Rhetoric Theory. As part of this visit, students conduct research in the CHS library and tour the campus, modeled after a Mediterranean Greek village.

Career Speakers

Every fall, the MARW program hosts a Career Speaker Series as part of ENGL 500: Introduction to the Field of Rhetoric and Writing. The goal of the Career Speaker series is to educate MARW students about the wide range of employment and educational opportunities available to program graduates and to provide professional networking opportunities.


Past speakers include:

  • Sarah Brown, Senior Instructional Technology Consultant and Liaison for DePaul University's College of Education;
  • Ellen Bauerle from University of Michigan Press;
  • Stephanie Elton, Social Media and Digital Communications Manager for Toledo Museum of Art;
  • Doctoral students from rhetoric and composition programs such as BGSU, Kent State, Louisville and University of Cincinnati.


Are you a graduate of our program?  We would love to have you back as a speaker to share your success and advice. Contact Dr. Christine Tulley at [email protected] .​​