Rebecca Blair received her Ph.D. with honors in Rhetoric/Composition and American Studies from Indiana University, where she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow, an M.A. with honors in Medieval Studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in English from the University of Indianapolis. She joined the Rhetoric Department in 2012, having previously held the positions of Visiting Professor of Liberal Studies and Director of Integrative Studies at Wartburg College and Associate Professor of English, Director of Writing Assessment, and Chair of the English Department at Westminster College.
In addition to courses in rhetorical theory and practice within the disciplines, Rebecca’s interdisciplinary interests have been represented through her teaching of graduate and undergraduate courses on Early American Literary Culture, American Romanticism and Realism, Classical Myth and Literature, Early and Modern World Literatures, Women Writers and Literary Culture, Views of Human Nature, American Women’s History, African-American History, The Harlem Renaissance, and Iowa History. Her scholarly research concerns the rhetoric of science, writing assessment, interdisciplinary pedagogies, 19th century American literature and culture, gender in American culture, and the rhetoric of humor.