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 GO4B
(254) 710-6899


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


Michael-John DePalma's teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric, spiritual writing, creative nonfiction, persuasive writing, professional writing, and composition 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, Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service Learning, and Community Literacy, 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. His current book project is entitled Reshaping Sacred Rhetorical Education: Austin Phelps and the Teaching of Sermon Writing at Andover Theological Seminary, 1848-1879.