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Associate Professor and Interim Director of First-Year Programs
Areas of Interest: Rhetorical history, theory, and methods; writing studies; literacy studies and writing program administration; feminist studies
Jill Swienciki

Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition, Miami University (Ohio)
M.A., English, Certification in Teaching Women and Gender Studies, Syracuse University
B.A., Mount Holyoke

Swiencicki teaches courses in argument, literacy, writing, and gender studies. She is the interim director of the first-year writing program, and is an affiliate faculty in the women and gender studies program.

She received her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College and her Master of Arts from Syracuse University before going on to receive her Ph.D. in rhetoric from Miami of Ohio.

Selected Publications

  • "Seneca Falls, Strategic Mythmaking, and a Feminist Politics of Relation" (with Maria Brandt, Deborah Uman, and Barb LeSavoy). Feminist Connections: Rhetorical Strategies from the Suffragettes to the Cyberfeminists.
  • "Rhetorics of Invitation and Refusal in Terry Tempest Williams's The Open Space of Democracy." Women's Studies in Communication 38.2 (June 2015): 151-166.
  • "The 'Town Hall Meeting' and the Involved Stance: Imagining a Self through Public Sphere Pedagogy" (with Thia Wolf, Chris Fosen, et. al.). Liberal Education 97.2 (Spring 2011): 40-45.
  • "Students, Faculty, and 'Sustainable' WPA Work" (with Thia Wolf and Chris Fosen). Going Public: What Writing Programs Learn from Engagement. Eds. Shirley K. Rose and Irwin Weiser. Salt Lake City: Utah State University Press, 2010. 140-159.
  • "The Rhetoric of Awareness Narratives." College English 68.4 (March 2006): 337-355.
  • "Sew it Seams: (A)Mending Civic Rhetoric for our Classrooms and for Rhetorical History." Rhetorical Education in America. Eds. Cheryl Glenn, Margaret Lyday, and Wendy Sharer. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2004. 55-73.
  • "Visual Images in the Chicago Defender: Sponsoring (Counter)Public Literacies." Multiple Literacies for the 21st Century. Eds. Charles Bazerman, Brian Huot, and Beth Stroble. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2004.