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About the Program


We presently have 44 students enrolled in the Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design (RCID) program at Clemson University. We are now accepting applications for new students in the Fall of 2020. For residential students this is a four-year doctoral program. Our online program is offered simultaneously with the in-residence program in Clemson, South Carolina. In 2020, we plan to accept six new online students and seven to 10 new in-residence students. We offer six core and cognate seminars each semester, two active colloquia (Games-Cinema and Theory-Criticism) and the RCID Research Forum and the Student-Work-in-Progress Forum, both for students and faculty. We offer an array of seminars, labs and studios.

Since 2005, we have graduated 57 students and placed all of them in excellent positions upon graduation.

In 2008, one of our third-year students, John A. “Mac” MacArthur, defended his dissertation and accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Queens University of Charlotte. He is now an associate professor of communication studies at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

 In 2009, two of our fourth-year students, Justin Hodgson and Amanda Booher, accepted assistant professor tenure-track positions respectively at Indiana University Bloomington and The University of Akron.

Over the past decade, 100% of our students accepted positions: Mark Ward (University of Houston-Victoria)Jason Helms (Texas Christian University), Joshua Hilst (Utah Valley University), Steven Holmes (George Mason University), Wu Dan (returned to Xi'an International Studies University in the People's Republic of China)Joshua Abboud (University of Kentucky), Sergio Figueiredo (Kennesaw State University), Andrew Hurley (Clemson University)Randy Nichols (Limestone College, South Carolina), Josephine Walwema (Oakland University), and Alicia Weir (senior usability engineer at the Vanguard investment management company corporate headquarters in Philadelphia).

Also, more recently, students accepted the following positions: A. D. Carson (assistant professor of Hip Hop and the Global South, McIntire Department of Music, University of Virginia), Kate Hanzalik (assistant teaching professor in the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, Syracuse University), Eda Ozyesilpinar (assistant professor of English, University of Texas-El Paso), Patricia Fancher (lecturer, University of California-Santa Barbara), Glen Southergill (assistant professor, Montana Technological University), Dan Frank (lecturer, University of California-Santa Barbara), Sam Fuller (assistant professor, Southeastern Louisiana University), Jimmy Butts (director of writing studies program, Louisiana State University), Kristen Gay (director of the writing center, University of South Florida), Mari Ramler (assistant professor, Department of English, Tennessee Tech University), Dina Septiani S. Basuki (Fulbright, returned to the Communication Department, Faculty of Social and Political Science, at Universitas Airlangga in Surabaya, Indonesia), Daphne Tatiana Canlas, (Fulbright, returned to the Department of Broadcast Communication, College of Mass Communication, at University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila), Sharon Henry (director of writing excellence studio, Tennessee Tech University), and Josh Herron (associate dean of the Center for Innovation and Digital Learning, Anderson University, South Carolina).

More information on faculty and our current and former students appears on the RCID People web page.

If you are considering applying to the RCID program, please contact the director, Dr. Cynthia Haynes, by Dec. 1 to begin the application process.