Center for Rhetoric in Society

Investigate. Narrate. Engage.


We believe in engaging in the important conversations surrounding our work. Over the years, the Center has supported many publications, dissertations, and conference presentations at the local, national, and international level. The following publications and presentations were supported in part by the Center.

Books, Chapters, and Articles

Saffle, Sue. To the Bomb and Back: Finnish War Children Tell Their World War II Stories. Brooklyn: Berghahn Books, 2014. Forthcoming.

Powell, Katrina and Pamela Takayoshi, eds. Practicing Research in Writing Studies: Reflexive and Ethically Responsible Research Methodologies. New York: Hampton Press, 2012.

Belanger, Kelly and April Heaney. “Critical Pedagogy as Ethically Responsible Research: Challenging Programmatic and Institutional Traditions.” Practicing Research in Writing Studies: Reflexive and Ethically Responsible Research Methodologies. Ed. Katrina Powell and Pamela Takayoshi. New York: Hampton Press. 2012.

Dannenberg, Clare, Bernice Hausman, Heidi Lawrence, and Katrina Powell. “The Moral Appeal of Environmental Discourses: The Implication of Ethical Rhetorics.” Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture 16.2 (2012): 212-232.

Heilker, Paul and Melanie Yergeau. “Autism and Rhetoric.” College English 73.5 (2011): 485-497.

Heilker, Paul and Jason King. “The Rhetorics of Online Autism Advocacy: A Case for Rhetorical Listening.” Rhetorics and Technologies: New Directions in Communication. Ed. Stuart Selber. Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2010. 113-133.

Hausman, Bernice. Viral Mothers: Breastfeeding in the Age of HIV/AIDS. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2010.

Brumberger, Eva. “Document-Based Decision Making and Design: An Analysis of Medicare Part D.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 40.3 (2010): 283-310.

Gogan, Brian, Kelly Belanger, Ashley Patriarca, and Megan O’Neill. “Research Centers as Change Agents: Reshaping Work in Rhetoric and Writing.” College Composition and Communication 62.2 (2010): 336-363.

Gogan, Brian, Kelly Belanger, Ashley Patriarca, and Megan O’Neill. “A Directory of Rhetoric and Writing Research Centers.” National Council of Teachers of English, 2010.

Paretti, Marie, Lisa McNair, Diana George, and Kelly Belanger. “Reformist Possibilities?: Exploring Writing Program Cross-Campus Partnerships.” WPA: Writing Program Administration 33.1 (2009): 74-95.

Graham, Peter. “Byron and the Artifice of Sincerity.” Byron Journal 35.2 (2007): 137-150.

Belanger, Kelly. Invisible Seasons: Title IX and the Fight for Equity in College Sports. Syracuse UP, 2016.



“Mission Statements and Open-handed Engagement: Nonprofit Collaboration at Work.” Tana M. Schiewer. International Conference of the Association for Business Communication. New Orleans, LA, October 2013.

“Visually Mapping Social Activism for a Broad Audience: Barbara Johns and the 1951 Moton High School Strike.” Jen Mooney. International Visual Literacy Association Annual Conference. Portland, ME, 11 October 2012.

“The Rhetorics of Autistic Identity: Diseased, Disabled, Diverse, Shiny, Supremacist.” Paul Heilker. Contemporary Identities: Paris International ConferencesParis, France, 15 April 2011.

“A Multi-Objective Decision Support System for Title IX Compliance.” Gary Fetter, Kelly Belanger, and Mauro Falasca. ALIO-INFORMS Joint International Meeting. Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 2010.

“Byron and the Artifice of Sincerity.” Peter Graham. International Byron Conference. Venice, Italy, July 2007.

“A Rhetoric of Dissent: Small Press Papers as Agents of Advocacy and Action.” Diana George and Paula Mathieu. International Rhetoric in Society Conference. Aalborg, Denmark, December 2006.

“Unsisterly Competition: Feminist Agency and Institutional Discourses in the U.S. Movement for Women in Sport.” Kelly Belanger. International Rhetoric in Society Conference. Aalborg, Denmark, December 2006.


“Metaphors Matter: Images as Argument in Title IX Discourse.” Kelly Belanger and Mike Edstrom. Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s). Palo Alto, CA, September 2013.

“Equality in the News: A Title IX Literacy Workshop.” Kelly Belanger, Kelly Meyers, Judith Sweet, and Toni Kokenis. Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s). Palo Alto, CA, September 2013.

“Singing Solo: the War Child Story of Marja Hultin Barron.” Sue Saffle. FinnFest USA 2013. Hancock, MI, June 2013.

“Stolen Childhoods: Finnish War Children Share their Stories.” Sue Saffle. FinnFest USA 2012. Tucson, AZ, November 2012.

“Decision Support for Title IX Compliance and Athletic Department Decision Making.” Kelly Belanger and Gary Fetter. Title IX at 40 National Conference. Ann Arbor, MI, 10 May 2012.

“Linkages, Lineages, and Designations: Leadership of Feminist Research Organizations.” Brian Gogan. Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference. East Lansing, MI, October 2009

“Seeding the Center: Leading and Structuring a Rhetoric and Writing Research Center.” Kelly Belanger. Panel with Brian Gogan, Megan Fisher, Ashley Patriarca, and Andrea Lunsford. Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, CA, March 2009.

“The Rhetoric of War in Alcott’s Little Women.” Kaye Graham. Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature Conference. Nashville, TN, March 2009.

“Funding and Framing Rhetorical Research in the Public Interest.” Kelly Belanger and Ashley Patriarca. Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Seattle, WA, May 2008.

“Rhetorical Inquiry to Change Realities.” Kelly Belanger, Katrina Powell, Beverly Moss, and Shirley Wilson Logan. Conference on College Composition and Communication. New Orleans, LA, March 2008.

“Pathography in the Age of the Internet: The Rhetoric and Genre of Illness Blogs.” Kelly Pender. Conference on College Composition and Communication. New Orleans, LA, April 2007.

“Invisible Season: A Case Study of the 1978-79 Spartans.” Kelly Belanger. Title IX Academic and Legal Conference. Cleveland, OH, March 2007.

“Adapting Rhetoric for the Stages of a Social Movement: The Public Voice of the Women’s Sports Foundation.” Kelly Belanger and Megan Fisher. Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s). Little Rock, AR, October 2006.

“Title IX Discourses and the Rhetoric of Female Athletes.” Kelly Belanger. Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s). Houghton, MI, October 2005.


“Equity in Athletics: Towards an Efficiency Analysis of Title IX Compliance.” Gary Fetter, Kelly Belanger and Mauro Falasca. Southeast Decision Sciences Institute. Columbia, SC, February 2012.

“Modeling Equity in Higher Education: The Art and Science of Title IX Compliance.” Kelly Belanger and Gary Fetter. Eastern Educational Research Association 31st Annual Conference. Hilton Head, SC, October 2008.


“‘Something Had to be Done’: A Story of Girls, Women, and Collective Action in Virginia’s Civil Rights Struggle.” Jen Mooney and Kelly Belanger. Virginia Tech Department of English Faculty Colloquy/Women’s Month Presentation. 27 March 2013.

“New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement: A Virginia Tech Workshop for Teachers.” Jen Mooney and Kelly Belanger. 21 February 2013.

“Invisible Seasons: A Story of Title IX and the People Who Changed College Sports.” Kelly Belanger. Virginia Tech Department of English Faculty Colloquy. 24 October 2012.

“Gender Equity in College Athletics: An Activist’s Story.” Kelly Belanger. Through Feminist Eyes Speaker Series. Virginia Tech Women’s Center. 2010.

“The National Writing Project at Virginia Tech: The 2009 Summer Institute.” Aileen Murphy, Megan Fisher, Brian Gogan, and Ashley Patriarca. Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. March 2009.


The following graduate students were supported in part by the Center for the Study of Rhetoric in Society during the development of their dissertation research:

Conscientious Objection: Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Medical Controversy. Heidi Lawrence. 2013. Directed by Bernice Hausman.

Safety at the Margins: A Rhetorical Analysis of Occupational Risk Communication in Construction. Ashley Patriarca. 2013. Directed by Carlos Evia.

From Reflection to Reflexivity: Challenging Students’ Conceptions of Writing, Self, and Society in the Community Writing Classroom. Megan O’Neill. 2012. Directed Katy Powell.

Prenatal Testing, Rhetoric, and Disability: Down Syndrome as an Object of Discourse. Amy Reed Patterson. 2012. Directed by Bernice Hausman.