Jarron B Slater

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  • Writing Studies
  • Liberal Arts: PhD Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication

I study and teach rhetoric and technical communication. Rhetoric traditionally to encompasses forms and methods of persuasion, argumentation, and identification, but can be defined more broadly as simply influence. Technical communication can mean to take something complex or specialized and put it into words that can be understood by a particular audience. It can also mean to manage information in ways that allow people to take action. Or, it might refer to ways and methods of problem-solving via language. I see technical Communication as a subset of Rhetoric. I have always been curious about how understanding (and misunderstanding) occurs between people, how technology and rhetoric relate to one another, and how individual human beings who believe different things and see the world in different ways but still live peacefully together on the same planet. Specifically, I am currently working on several projects. First, my dissertation participates in the renewed interest in style in the field of rhetoric and composition by explaining and analyzing theorist and rhetorician Kenneth Burke's writings about style. Another project considers the translation history of Aristotle's Rhetoric and how one word (pistis) has been translated over periods of time to be "proofs" or "means of persuasion." Another project considers Aristotle's concept of the enthymeme as applied to sequential art and visual rhetoric.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2018.
  • MA: English, emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 2012.
  • BA: English, emphasis in Rhetoric; Minor in Logic, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 2010.


  • Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • Histories of Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric and Ethics
  • Kenneth Burke
  • Rhetorical Stylistics
Courses Taught
  • Rhetoric, Technology, and the Internet (WRIT 3577)
  • Technical and Professional Writing (WRIT 3562W)
  • Technical and Professional Presentations (WRIT 3257)
  • Public Writing (WRIT 3102W)
  • First-Year Composition
  • Business and Professional Writing