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About Ryan Skinnell

I am a faculty member in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San José State University, where I also assist in administering the first-year writing program. I teach writing and rhetoric courses, including first-year writing, advanced expository writing, writing pedagogy, rhetorical history and historiography, and modern rhetorical theory. My research focuses on histories of rhetoric and composition, particularly in American higher education. I have related interests in institutional rhetorics, bureaucracy, historiography, and archival theories and methods.

Positions

2015 - Present Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Composition, San Jose State University
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2015 - Present Assistant Writing Program Administrator, San Jose State University
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2012 - 2015 Core Faculty, UNT-NUML Partnership to Enhance English, Linguistics, Literature, and Teaching, University of North Texas ‐ UNT-NUML
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2011 - 2015 Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Writing, University of North Texas
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Honors and Awards

  • Theresa J. Enos Anniversary Award for the best essay published in Rhetoric Review (2015)
  • Commendation for Pedagogical Use of Special Collections, “Bureaucracy: A Love Story,” Friends of the UNT Libraries Board (2015)
  • Recognized Teacher, UNT’s “Thank a Teacher” Program (2014)
  • Recognized Teacher, UNT’s “Thank a Teacher” Program (2012)
  • ASU Devils’ Advocates Award for Teaching Excellence (2008)

Courses

  • ESE1004
  • English 1A

Education

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2007 - 2011 PhD, Arizona State University ‐ PhD - Rhetoric, Composition, & Linguistics
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2004 - 2007 MA, California State University, Northridge ‐ MA - Rhetoric and Composition Theory
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1997 - 2001 BA, University of California, Santa Barbara ‐ BA - English (minor in History)
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Contact Information

ryan.skinnell@sjsu.edu


Books (4)

Articles (8)

Book Chapters (8)

Essays/Interviews/Invited Contributions (4)

Special Exhibits (1)