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Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design



Clemson University is a public, land-grant, Carnegie R1: Doctoral University.

Doctoral candidates in the Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design (RCID) program should find these resources at Clemson helpful, especially if they elect to complete the program on campus.

  • Libraries, Archives, Labs, Studios and Centers

    All Clemson faculty and students have free access to Adobe's Creative Cloud License. In addition, Clemson is collaborating with Adobe on various projects, including the Adobe Digital Studio in the R.M. Cooper Library, an open-access learning space dedicated to providing students with digital production skills and the technology to use them.

    The Pearce Center for Professional Communication offers studios for research and houses the Communication Across the Curriculum program.

    Clemson University offers several Smart Rooms where instructors can teach, including the Brown Room in the R.M. Cooper Library and the Watt Family Innovative Center.

    The Harris A. Smith Building on campus is home to the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics.

    The Writing Center offers direct assistance to Clemson students as well as offering employment opportunities for tutors.

    Clemson University Libraries are constantly evolving. Recommendations from graduate faculty and students in the RCID program help shape that development. The system includes Special Collections and Archives and also the Gunnin Architecture Library, which holds journals, magazines and more than 60,000 books about architecture, art and other related disciplines.

    Clemson University Press, which now operates under the umbrella of Clemson University Libraries, has evolved from a small publishing unit to a full scholarly press that publishes and distributes more than 30 titles a year, in conjunction with Liverpool University Press. It also publishes South Carolina Review, a literary journal, twice a year.

    The University also is home to the Digital Arts Production program, the Center for Visual Arts, and the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Colloquia and Workshops

    The RCID program supplements seminars, studios and labs with a set of standing, informal faculty-student research forums and colloquia. This academic year we are offering:

    Faculty Research Forum; Student-Works-in-Progress-and-Pedagogy (SWIPP); Theory-Criticism; and Games-New Media-Cinema.

    The RCID Research Forum (9-10 a.m.) and the Theory-Criticism Colloquium (10:30-11:30 a.m.) meet on alternate Mondays with the Student-Works-in-Progress-and-Pedagogy (SWIPP) and the Games-New Media-Cinema Colloquium. The Research Forum, SWIPP and the two colloquia have as their collective purpose the building of scholarly communities within RCID. The gatherings bring together the disciplinary and interdisciplinary departments of the College in order to create transdisciplinary communities. An additional goal is to introduce students to faculty in informal discussion groups outside of formal seminars for the sake of additional learning experiences and to aid doctoral students in selecting exam and dissertation committee members.

    In practice, each colloquium meets as a reading group. Every attempt is made by the members of each colloquium to include all suggestions of articles/chapters/books as well as other media (film, video, audio, etc.) by all colleagues (both faculty and students who actively participate on a regular basis). Additionally, the members monitor library holdings for needed works in all media and report them to the director of RCID. Members may propose special topic seminars to the RCID director. Ideally, the proposed topics come out of discussions and readings.

    Occasionally, the faculty and students attend workshops on intellectual property, proposal writing, placement in the job market and other topics.

  • Scholarly Journal

    PRE/TEXT: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory (established, 1980) is published and edited by Victor J. Vitanza, at Clemson University. Students and faculty in RCID participate in the overall production of this transdisciplinary journal.

  • Conferences

    The RCID faculty prepare students professionally in all seminars and studios. All assignments (in whatever medium) are to be produced and revised for presentations at conferences and eventually for publication. Faculty help place students in research forums and on panels at such conferences as the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the Rhetoric Society of America Conference (RSA), and the National Communication Association (NCA). The RCID program supports students attending conferences and symposia, with the help of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities.

  • Society for at Third Sophistic

    Past RCID students determined that every hard-working student and faculty member in RCID should have a regular monthly social event to attend. Hence, the Society, or S3S, meets for the most part on the second Friday of each month for various activities and to enjoy each other's company. The Society hosts a Facebook group.

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