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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 campus 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 and the Class of 1941 Studio for Student Communication offer unique spaces and support for production and collaboration while also supporting a wide range of communication across the curriculum initiatives.

    Clemson University offers many Smart Rooms where instructors can teach, including the Brown Room in the R. M. Cooper Library and the Watt Family Innovation 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 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 thirty titles per year, in conjunction with Liverpool University Press. It also publishes South Carolina Review, a literary journal, twice per 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 that enhance the intellectual and creative life of the program, the College, and the University. Each academic year, we offer or sponsor a wide variety of activities, including the Faculty Research Forum, Student-Works-in-Progress-and-Pedagogy (SWIPP) workshops, and colloquia on theory-criticism, video games and new media, film and TV, and related topics of student interest.

    The RCID Research Forum and the theory-criticism colloquium (bi-weekly on Mondays, from 9-10 am and 10:30-11:30 am) alternate Mondays with the Student-Works-in-Progress-and-Pedagogy (SWIPP) group 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 and affinity networks beyond. The gatherings bring together the disciplinary and interdisciplinary departments of the College to create transdisciplinary communities of research, production, and practice. An additional goal is to introduce students to faculty in informal discussion groups beyond formal seminars to foster additional learning experiences and to aid doctoral students in selecting dissertation committee members. All synchronous events take place simultaneously F2F and via Zoom so that students can participate from a distance.

    Colloquia typically meet as informal reading/viewing groups and are facilitated by faculty members recommended by students. RCID students also suggest readings, films, and other streaming media. Colloquia generate recommendations for the Cooper Library’s collection and may lead to proposals to the RCID director for special topic seminars.

    Students and faculty members regularly organize and attend workshops and lectures on intellectual property, proposal and grant writing, job placement (in academia, industry, or nonprofit organizations) and other professional development topics.

    Distinguished scholars and writers from beyond Clemson occasionally pop into forums, seminars, and workshops. Recent guests include Christopher Norris, Kyle Jensen, Ann George, Jack Selzer, Anthony Burke, and Clive Thompson.

  • Scholarly Journals and Publishing

    Students and faculty in RCID edit, produce, and publish a healthy number of scholarly journals, creating opportunities for students to review and develop new work in their field(s). Three journals and a scholarly press offer opportunities for internships.

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

    KB: The Journal of the Kenneth Burke Society (, established 2004) is published and edited by David Blakesley and sponsored by Clemson, the Campbell Chair, and Parlor Press.

    The WAC Journal (, established 1989) is co-edited by David Blakesley and Cameron Bushnell and published by Clemson, Parlor Press, and the WAC Clearinghouse.

    Parlor Press (, established 2002) is a scholarly publishing company founded and edited by David Blakesley. Cynthia Haynes and Jan Rune Holmevik edit Parlor Press's Electracy and Transmedia Studies series. Jordan Frith edits The X-Series.

  • Conferences

    The RCID faculty prepare students professionally in all seminars and studios to develop course projects for presentation at national and international conferences and eventually for publication. Faculty help place students in research forums and on panels at such conferences hosted by the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA), the National Communication Association (NCA), and the Kenneth Burke Society. The International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference (IWACC) is hosted at Clemson by the Pearce Center in 2023. Clemson RCID students plan and host the Carolina Rhetoricians Conference (CRC) every few years. The RCID program supports students attending conferences, symposia, and institutes with the help of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities and the Campbell Chair.

  • Society of the 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 also hosts a Facebook group.

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