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Name: Susan S. Gilpin
Title: Assoc. Dean, Honors College; Assoc. Prof., Communication Studies
Office: Old Main 230
Phone: 304-696-6405
Expert: rhetoric

Research Based:
Invited Conference Participation:
National Communication Association, Critical and Cultural Studies Division. Chicago, IL; November 2009. “Negotiating Stability and Change in Post-disaster Mining Communities: Rhetoric of the Sago, WV Mine Explosion”

Southern States Communication Association, Ethnography Division. Norfolk, VA; March 2009. “Who Speaks for This Child: An Ethnographic Narrative of Child Advocacy”

Southern States Communication Association, Language and Social Interaction Division. Norfolk, VA; March 2009. “Discourse Strategies for Teaching Civility: Inviting Forni into Communication Classrooms”

National Communication Association, American Studies Division. San Diego, CA; November 2008. “To Touch in Passing: Experiencing the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial”

Southern State Communication association, Language and Social Interaction Division. Savannah, GA; March 2008. TOP FACULTY PAPER.
Investigating Everyday Talk about Social Issues: A Discourse Analytic Approach

National Communication Association, Critical and Cultural Studies Division. Chicago, IL; November 2007.
Disadvantaged Women Dress for Success: A Study of Empowerment and Censure

Southern States Communication Association. March 2007. Everyday Talk: Civic Sites for Engagement, Empowerment, and Action.

International Society for the History of Rhetoric. May 2006. Teaching Seminar on Aphthonius and the _Progymnasmata_.

Figures of Democracy: Rhetoric, Authority, and Civil Culture. Concordia University; Montreal, Quebec; October 2005. "Figuring Citizenship through Everyday Talk"

First Biennial Rhetoric Scholars Seminar.
Rhetoric Society of America, Kent State University. May 23-30, 2005.

Eastern Communication Association. Pittsburgh, PA; April 2005. Theory and Methodology Division. "Communicating Greater Expectations: Deliberation, Negotiation, and Heuretic Engagement"

Rhetoric Society of America. Austin, TX; May 2004. “Heuretic Engagement: Everyday Talk about Social Issues”

Alliance of Rhetoric Societies. Submitted position paper and participated in organizational conference. Northwestern University, September 2003. Working group: “The Role of Rhetoric in the Academy and Beyond”

Eastern Communication Association. Washington, DC; April 2003. TOP PAPERS in Human Information Technologies. “Democracy as Conversation? Prospects for Online Deliberation”

National Communication Association. New Orleans, LA; November 2002. Language and Social Interaction Division. “Online Publics and Public Spheres: Citizen Voices in an EPA National Dialogue”

The Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. Louisville, KY; October 2002. “Composing Identity in an Online Public Sphere”

Conference on College Composition and Communication. Denver, CO; March 2002. Panel: The Rhetoric of Making a Difference: Working Theories of Agency, Assessment, and Community Action. “Supporting the Decision Making of Others Through Writing: Students, Software, and Urban Low-wage Workers”

Gilpin, Susan. 2008. “Analyzing Everyday Talk about Social Issues,” in Rhetoric in Detail, Barbara Johnstone and Christopher Eisenhart, eds. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Gilpin, Susan. 2008. “Disadvantaged Women Dress for Success: A Study in Empowerment and Censure,” American Communication Journal 10:2.


Professional/Community Based Service:
Service Learning Course:
CMM 302: Interdisciplinary Service Learning Project for local affiliate of Dress for Success. Fall 2006, Spring 2007.
State Board of Directors:
West Virginia Center for Civic Life
January 2007 - present

Other Achievements:
Professional Development:
Invited Participant. Rhetoric Society of America. Medical Rhetoric Seminar. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. June 2007.

Invited Participant, WV Great Teachers Seminar. June 2006.

Invited Participant. Rhetoric Society of America. Faculty Teaching Institute. Kent State University. May 2005.


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