I’m Eric Detweiler, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Composition in Middle Tennessee State University’s Department of English. I recently earned a PhD in English with a specialization in rhetoric and writing from The University of Texas at Austin. My primary research project focuses on the intersections of rhetoric and writing pedagogy, classical and contemporary rhetorical theory, and rhetorical ethics. In addition, I teach and study digital rhetoric and multimodal composition, especially as they relate to sound studies and sonic rhetorics.


PhD in Rhetoric and Writing: The University of Texas at Austin, 2016 MA in English: University of Louisville, 2009 BA in English: Belmont University, 2007

Other Publications

With Kate Pantelides. “Predicting Futures, Performing Feminisms: Chronology and Ideology in Writing Classrooms.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. Forthcoming. “A Podcast?! Whatever Gave You That Idea? Some Reverberations from Walter Benjamin’s Radio Plays.” Rhetorics Change, Intermezzo/Parlor P. Forthcoming. “Imitating Bechdels in ‘Banned Books and Novel Ideas’: An Exercise in Rhetorical Unmastery.” Approaches to Teaching Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, edited by Judith Gardiner, Modern Language Association. Volume Forthcoming. “Disfiguring Socratic Irony.” Philosophy & Rhetoric, vol. 49, no.2, 2016, pp. 149-172. “‘/’ ‘And’ ‘-‘? An Empirical Consideration of the Relationship Between ‘Rhetoric’ and ‘Composition.’” Enculturation, vol. 20, 2015. “An Encounter With Pedagogical (H)alterity.” Hybrid Pedagogy, Feb. 2014. With Scott Nelson et al. “Crossing Battle Lines: Teaching Multimodal Literacies Through Alternate Reality Games.” Kairos, vol. 17, no. 3, 2013. “‘I Was Just Doing a Little Joke There’: Irony and the Paradoxes of the Sitcom in The Office.” Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 45, no. 4, 2012, pp. 727-748.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Hacking the Preliminary Exam with Python.” Modern Language Association Convention. New York, NY. Upcoming.


Rhetoric Society of America, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Modern Language Association

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