Susanna Engbers, Ph.D.


Susanna Kelly Engbers teaches writing and literature courses in the General Education program; she also teaches writing and research in the Visual and Critical Studies graduate program. She earned her Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition, focusing on the history of women’s rhetoric. She has presented numerous conference papers on composition pedagogy, women’s rhetoric, material culture, and design and rhetoric. In addition, she has published articles in scholarly journals including Blanket Statements, Dialectic, Forum, TETYC, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly (RSQ). She also serves as a peer reviewer for Design and Culture, Image and Text, and RSQ. She speaks regularly at national conferences such as the College English Association, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the Rhetoric Society of America. Areas of scholarship include material culture, women’s rhetorical history, and the intersections between rhetoric and design.  

Select publications:

"Employing Rhetorical Theory in Design Education Practice," Dialectic: A scholarly journal of thought leadership, education and practice in the discipline of visual communication design, Volume II, Issue I: Theoretical Speculation, 2018. 

"Translating the Verbal to the Visual," Forum: A journal of the College English Association, Volume 41, No. 1, 2012

"With Great Sympathy: Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Innovative Appeals to Emotion," Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Volume 37, Issue 3, 2007