To do rhetoric “out there” requires a shedding of academic adornments, a different professional disposition, new participatory and analytic tools, and a more grounded conception of public need. —Coogan and Ackerman in The Public Work of Rhetoric, 2010
I see a pressing need for reflexive, inquiry-based, and pragmatic rhetorical action in the world “out there.” For me this entails a deep exploration of the discursive and material practices that shape pedagogy, workplace communication, organizational leadership, and social change. It means having a profound understanding of local contexts in a global world. And it means using my bilingual, bicultural, and binational status, to listen, to negotiate and to co-construct new narratives/realities.
While what I do spans various sectors (e.g., public, private, health, education, environment, food, and art) and is broadly considered community-based work, it tends to be situated in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies sub-fields of intercultural rhetoric, risk communication, literacy studies, and discourses of health & medicine. I also find constant and important intersections with theories of invention, methodologies, rhetorics of science, rhetorics of space & place, cultural studies, rhetorics of gender & sexuality, social justice, racial justice, and pedagogy, student engagement & knowledge transfer.
One of the greatest perks of my job is the privilege of working with students! In addition to my regular teaching and mentoring duties, I am a faculty adviser for Frontera Retórica
, which is the Rhetoric Society of America’s UTEP chapter, and for the Social Justice Initiative
housed in UTEP’s Department of Communication.
For more information on projects, partnerships, and publications, I invite you to e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org