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Dr. Michele Lockhart and Dr. Kathleen Mollick, two graduates of the Ph.D. in Rhetoric program, having successfully published their first edited collection, Political Women: Language and Leadership (New York: Lexington Books, 2013), are now shifting their focus from American women and their choices of political language to those political women in leadership positions worldwide. Their second book entitled Global Women Leaders: Their World, Their Language is now under contract and scheduled to appear in Fall 2014.

Dr. Lockhart is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Texas at Dallas, where she teaches business communication. Partly because of Michele’s previous experiences as an analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), as a broadcast journalist and bureau chief, her deep research interests include political rhetoric, media in politics, and technical/business communications.  

Dr. Mollick is an associate professor of English at Tarleton State University, where she serves as the Director of the Writing Program. Kathleen has also been published in CCTE Studies, Composition Studies, and she edits The Popken Writer, an anthology of first-year writing. Lockhart’s and Mollick’s collaborative, interdisciplinary research approach is reaching a wide audience of scholars in communications as well as political rhetoric, women’s leadership studies, and even pop culture.

Professor Janet M. Martin of Bowdoin College writes, “This thought-provoking collection of essays on political leaders, leadership, and discourse gives us a sophisticated and theoretically rich analysis to deepen our understanding of the political, social, and cultural traditions and constructs surrounding men and women as political executives, including a response to the question, ‘Why hasn't a woman been elected President of the United States?’” In addition, Dr. Janet Johnson, Dr. Sara Pace Hillin, and Dr. Rochelle Gregory – all pioneering TWU graduates – appear in Political Women: Language and LeadershipAvailable soon from Lexington Books (an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield.).

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Dr. Dixil Rodriguez spoke at the commencement for the College of Arts and Sciences on May 10, 2013. Dr. Rodriguez is a graduate of the Rhetoric program here at TWU. She joined the ESFL staff as an adjunct instructor in 2012. The video of her speech can be found here, beginning at 38:05.



The National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C. has awarded an internship to Shannon Quick. Fewer than 15% of the applicants are awarded internships. The paid internship over the summer will bring Ms. Quick into contact with "high-profile journalists and Washington insiders."

 Christopher Works, ESFL graduate student, has received a generous four-year scholarship to attend Southern Methodist University's Dedman Law School.

Brieanna Casey has received a 2012 Virginia Chandler Dykes Scholarship for her “outstanding academic work,” leadership, and service to the community.

Alexis Milmine's essay "Retracing the Shambling Steps of the Undead: The Blended Folkloric Elements of Vampirism in Bram Stoker’s Dracula" will be published in a collection by Rowman and Littlefield. The book is scheduled to be published in April 2013.

Tawny LeBouef Tullia has been selected as the AY 2011-2012 winner of the J. Dean Bishop Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is bestowed each Fall on a graduate teaching assistant who taught first-year composition courses the previous academic year.

Dr. Janet Johnson made news recently with her scholarly article on social media and the presidential election. Johnson, a graduate of TWU, is now teaching at UT-Dallas, and published an article in the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric on the role of Twitter in the presidential campaign. News about the article was picked up by Reuters.

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