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

“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, http://www.parlorpress.com/rhetorics_change.

“‘/’ ‘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.


Rhetoricity, a rhetoric and writing podcast.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Toward Future Methodologies for Studying the Circulation of Podcasts.” Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. Louisville, KY. Oct. 2018.



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

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