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Our Newest PhD in RSTC Graduates

August 31, 2015

Congratulations to our newest graduates!

Brian Larson successfully defended his dissertation, “Gender/Genre: Gender Differences in Disciplinary Communication,” on April 24th (Mary Schuster, advisor.) Brian has accepted an assistant professor postion with the School of Literature, Media, and Communications at the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Laura Pigozzi successfully defended her dissertation, “Exploring the Gap Between a Morally Valid and a Legally Adequate Consent: Investigating Latino understanding of an informed consent conference” on June 2nd (Ann Duin, advisor.) Laura is staying on with Writing Studies as a lecturer advisor to our MS and certificate students.

Jenni Swenson successfully defended her dissertation, “Understanding Ethical Concerns in the Design, Application, and Documentation of Learning Analytics” on June 18th (Ann Duin, advisor.) Jenni is Dean of Business and Industry at Lake Superior College.

Abigail Bakke successfully defended her dissertation, "A Rhetorical Perspective on Trust in E-Health Websites" on July 24th (Laura Gurak, advisor.) Abi will join the English Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato, as an assistant professor this fall.

Aaron J. Little successfully defended his dissertation, “Rhetorical Diplomacy and US International Influence: The Path of Democracy in Burma” on August 6th (Ronald Greene and Tun Myint, co-advisors.)