News & Events

  • The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric is proud to announce that Professor Josh Compton has won a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. The purpose of this foundation is to provide teachers with travel funds with which to conduct research abroad or away from their home institutions. The Foundation hopes that the study and research experiences afforded by its grants will "stimulate and broaden the minds of teachers so as to improve and enhance the quality of their...

  • The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric is proud to announce that Professor Josh Compton has accepted a tenure-track position in Speech with the Institute.

    Compton is a world-renowned scholar of inoculation theory—a form of rhetorical analysis that examines how audiences may be made resistant to arguments they encounter in the future, much as vaccines prevent a host from succumbing to a virus. As Compton's impressive list of publications demonstrates, inoculation theory is a powerful...

  • On December 4th professor Jennifer Sargent will appear on NHPR's live morning show, The Exchange, to discuss developing technology and the US Constitution.

    As a former public defender and later a district court judge in New Hampshire, Sargent is an authority on the challenges that new technologies pose to our civil liberties.

    The conversation will be broadcast on all NHPR stations...

  • Former RWIT tutor, Miriam Jerotich Kilimo, has been named a Rhodes Scholar for the upcoming academic year.

    An anthropology major at Dartmouth, Kilimo plans to pursue a master's degree in Women's Studies while at Oxford.

    Congratulations, Miriam, from all of us in the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric...

  • The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric gains five new faculty members this year: Richard Abel (Lecturer in Writing), Svetlana (Yana) Grushina (Lecturer in Speech), Sarah Bartos Smith (Lecturer in Writing), Steven Thompson (Lecturer in Writing), and Nicholas B. Van Kley (Lecturer in Writing and Interim Director of RWIT).

    To help introduce them to our faculty and the College, we've asked them to answer a few brief questions.

    Richard Abel


  • Senior Lecturer Douglas Moody has been awarded the Presidents’ Good Steward Award for faculty by the Campus Compact for New Hampshire. Moody was nominated for the Good Steward Award for his service as the faculty adviser for the Nicaragua Cross-Cultural Educational Service Program (CCESP), an international service-learning program that is administered by the William Jewett Tucker Foundation.  The Good Steward Award is given to a member of the faculty, administration, or staff member who has...

  • Mark Koch, Interim Coordinator of Writing 2-3 in the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, has been awarded a grant from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation to work in London this summer on a project titled "The Rhetoric of Charity: The English Charity Sermon from 1680 to 1750." Koch will explore London libraries to discover more about the charity sermons of late 17th- and early 18th-century England.  His research shows that, while the Protestant Reformation eroded the traditional...

  • Each year Dartmouth College recognizes a single lecturer for his or her outstanding academic research. We are happy to announce that this year's recipient of the Distinguished Lecturer Award is the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric's own Josh Compton.

    Professor Compton is perhaps the world's leading scholar of what is known as inoculation theory. While conventional rhetorical analysis focuses on ways to achieve consensus and persuade audiences, inoculation theory examines how...

  • RWIT's head writing assistant, Joseph Singh '14, was recently named a Rhodes Scholar for 2014.

    Singh plans to pursue a degree in international security policy at the University of Oxford next year.

    Congratulations, Joseph.

  • At their recent national convention, Pi Kappa Delta—the nation's oldest collegiate speech and debate organization—named the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric's Josh Compton the editor of their journal, The ForensicThe Forensic publishes work in argumentation, public speaking, and intercollegiate speech and debate activities.

    This prestigious appointment reflects Compton's distinguished reputation as a scholar. Former editor Nina-Jo Moore says of Compton's...