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

Detweiler, Eric, and Kate Pantelides. “Predicting Futures, Performing Feminisms: Chronology and Ideology in Writing Classrooms.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, vol. 19, no. 1, 2020, pp. 157-170.

Detweiler, Eric, and Elizabeth McGhee Williams. “A Living Rhetorical Enterprise: The RSA Oral History Initiative.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 49, no. 5, 2019, pp. 566-582.

“Sounding Out the Progymnasmata.” Rhetoric Review, vol. 38, no. 2, 2019, pp. 205-218.

“The Weirdness of Rhetoric, The Rhetoric of Weirdness.” Textshop Experiments, vol. 5, 2018.

“A Podcast?! Whatever Gave You That Idea? Some Reverberations from Walter Benjamin’s Radio Plays.” Rhetorics Change/Rhetoric’s Change, edited by Jenny Rice, Chelsea Graham, and Eric Detweiler, Intermezzo/Parlor P, 2018.

“Toward Pedagogical Turnings.” ADE Bulletin, vol. 155, 2018, pp. 52-60.

“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.

With Scott Nelson et al. “Crossing Battle Lines: Teaching Multimodal Literacies Through Alternate Reality Games.” Kairos, vol. 17, no. 3, 2013.


Podcast: Rhetoricity

Monograph: The Responsibility of Teaching: Rhetorical Education in Practice and Theory. Revising for publication by a university press.
Book Chapter: “The Bandwidth of Podcasting.” Under review as part of a collection entitled Tuning in to Soundwriting.

Book Chapter: “Developing and Teaching Games-Focused English Courses: A Technological and Curricular Walkthrough.” Drafting for edited collection entitled Teaching Games and Game Studies in the Literature Classroom.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“All Your Doxa Are Belong to Us: The Inhospitable Demagoguery of Gamer Culture.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Portland, OR. Upcoming in May 2020.


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

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