About the Rhetoric and Writing Program at UT Dallas

As part of UT Dallas' School of Arts and Humanities, the Rhetoric and Writing Program offers multiple sections of the core writing requirement: Rhetoric (RHET 1302). Our course aids students in improving their writing ability by emphasizing transferrable skills that they can apply in their other academic courses, their careers and their individual lives.

Students enrolled in RHET 1302 benefit from computer-based learning environments. Our teachers hold classes in three different "smart" classrooms equipped with instructor stations and LCD projectors, as well as individual computers for students. We also keep class sizes small, with no more than 20 students in each section, so that teachers can give greater individualized instruction.

Every semester, RHET 1302 students complete a series of assignments for helping them improve their writing ability. Students draft and revise essay assignments asking them to call upon their writing, research and critical thinking skills. These assignments require students to identify their purpose, to analyze audiences and to articulate effectively a thesis as well as to provide adequate support for that thesis with good reasons and accurately cited and documented sources.

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However, regardless of the media, medium or genre, we make certain students practice conventions that remain important for good writing. Through peer review and student-teacher conferences, we emphasize the importance of revision so that students can improve, for example, their paper's organization as well as achieve greater fluency at the sentence level.

Our program director is Dr. John C. Gooch. With almost 15 years combined teaching and administrative experience, Dr. Gooch became interim Director of Rhetoric in August 2006, and he was named to the permanent position beginning Fall 2008. After earning a PhD from the nationally recognized technical communication and rhetoric program at Texas Tech University, Dr. Gooch served on the academic faculties of Louisiana Tech University and Collin College before coming to UT Dallas in 2005.

We are very proud our program's role in helping fulfill the missions of both UT Dallas and the School of Arts and Humanities. Our teachers demonstrate the utmost in dedication to student-centered learning, and they embrace creativity in developing instructional approaches for ensuring that students gain the most from RHET 1302. Those wanting to know more about our program should contact Dr. Gooch.