News & Events

  • The Institute's Josh Compton has won a “Top Paper” distinction from the Communication Apprehension and Competence Division of the National Communication Association.

    The paper, “Re-thinking anxiety: Using inoculation messages to reduce and reinterpret public speaking fears,” authored with Ben Jackson (University of Western Australia-Perth), Ashleigh Thornton (University of Western Australia-Perth), and James Dimmock (University of Western Australia-Perth) tested inoculation-based...

  • The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric is pleased to announce the winners of the Dickerson and Feinstein writing awards. For more information about these awards, please visit our Prizes page.

    Arthur Feinstein 1955 Memorial Fund First Year Excellence in Writing Award

    2013-14Benjamin Prudhomme, “...

  • Dartmouth’s Melissa Herman has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright teaching fellowship. She will teach academic writing at Alecu Russo Balti State University in the Republic of Moldova during the winter of 2017.

    While Moldovans largely speak Romanian and Russian, the graduate students and teachers professor Herman will work with speak English and will benefit from her expertise in the writing and publishing of various academic genres. Herman states that her work will largely consist...

  • The Dartmouth News features a news story on our recent conference celebrating the 1966 Dartmouth Seminar.

  • On August 10-12, an international group of writing studies scholars working with methods from fields such as ethnography, cultural-historical activity theory, language policy, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, linguistics, big data and more will meet here at Dartmouth to address the question: What is the state of the art of higher education writing research today and where must it go next?

    This conference celebrates the 50th anniversary of the legendary 1966 Dartmouth Seminar, a...

  • Professors Megan McIntyre and Nick Van Kley recently attended conferences to share their research.

    The two scholars appeared together on a roundtable focused on digital research methods at the annual Computers and Writing Conference held at St. John Fischer College in Rochester, New York. The roundtable offered an examination of how research methods and ethical considerations are evolving in response to the ever-changing spaces and practices of digital media. The conversation included...

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  • This spring the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric will offer five new courses in writing and speech. Several of the courses will be taught by our new faculty members.

    Speech 37, Health Communication

    Professor Darlene Drummond will teach a new Speech course this spring entitled Health Communication. The course is designed to provide a broad overview of health communication, a field that...


    The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric will host its fourth annual event on "The Art of Presidential Speechwriting" February 25. This year, we welcome Don Baer, former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, and Clark Judge, former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan.

    Baer served as Director of Speechwriting and Research and Chief White...

  • Professors Jonna Mackin and Jennifer Sargent will attend conferences in March to give papers about their research and teaching.

    Professor Mackin will attend the Student Success in Writing Conference, held in Savannah, Georgia. The conference is a yearly gathering of secondary and post-secondary teachers who meet to share ideas about promoting student success in writing. Mackin will discuss her recent work in the classroom involving the adaptation or transfer of writing knowledge....