Dr. Michael-John DePalma

Dr. Michael-John DePalma
Associate Professor, Coordinator of Professional Writing and Rhetoric
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Associate Professor
Coordinator of Professional Writing and Rhetoric


Rhetoric and Composition
Religious Rhetorics
Rhetorical Education


Carroll Science, room 308
(254) 710-6899


Ph.D. University of New Hampshire
M.A. San Diego State University
B.A. University of New Hampshire


Michael-John DePalma teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric, spiritual writing, creative nonfiction, persuasive writing, professional writing, and writing theory and pedagogy. His research centers on religious rhetorics, transfer, and rhetorical education. His work has appeared in College Composition and Communication, College English, Computers and Composition, Rhetoric Review, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Composition Studies, Reflections, the Journal of Second Language Writing, and several edited collections. With Jeffrey M. Ringer, he edited Mapping Christian Rhetorics: Connecting Conversations, Charting New Territories (Routledge 2015). Mapping Christian Rhetorics was awarded the 2015 Book of the Year by the Religious Communication Association. He is the author of Sacred Rhetorical Education in 19th Century America: Austin Phelps at Andover Theological Seminary (Routledge 2020). With Paul Lynch and Jeffrey M. Ringer, he is currently editing Rhetoric and Religion in the 21st Century: Possibilities, Publics, Partnerships (Southern Illinois UP).