Assistant Professor/Director of Rhetoric , HUSL/LIT/COMM
Office: JO 3.542
Areas of Specialization: Histories of rhetoric, rhetoric and law, rhetorical criticism, and writing pedagogy
Education: PhD, Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Texas Tech University, 2002
MA, Technical Communication, Texas Tech University, 1997
BS, History and English (teacher certification), West Texas A & M University, 1994
Dr. John Gooch is Director of the Rhetoric Program. Along with other faculty members, he continues to make positive changes in the Program. They have revised the standardized syllabus to include more challenging activities and assignments, and believe most students have responded favorably to changes. The syllabus, for example, now includes a grading scale and percentage weights for specific assignments. In addition, they have furthered attempts to professionalize the Program, offering more opportunities for TA training and mentoring as well as sponsoring colloquia and workshops through the Rhetoric Society of UT Dallas.
The International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR) has accepted Dr. Gooch's presentation abstract for its July conference in Montreal; the meeting will include over 1,000 participants representing at least 30 different countries. In addition, he will be attending the Rhetoric Society of America's (RSA) Third Biennial Summer Institute held in June on the Penn State University campus. In addition to these activities, Dr. Gooch is also currently co-authoring a composition and first-year writing textbook for McGraw-Hill Higher Education titled Argument!, which will most likely publish later this year.