David Beard is an associate professor of rhetoric in the Department of
Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He researches
the history, theory and pedagogy of rhetoric as an interdisciplinary
formation. His work draws upon traditions in composition,
speech-communication and cultural studies to articulate the history and
the theoretical boundaries of "rhetorical studies" across written, oral
and media communication. He has published in journals like the International Journal of Listening, Archival Science, Philosophy andRhetoric, Southern Journal of Communication, and Enculturation, among other venues. Additionally, he has placed essays in What We Are Becoming: Developments in Undergraduate Writing Majors (USUP), Engaging Audience: Writing in an Age of New Literacies (NCTE), Coming of Age: The Advanced Writing Curriculum and the SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies. With Rich Enos, he edited Advances in the History of Rhetoric (Parlor Press).
Ph.D., Rhetoric & STC (2002), University of Minnesota, Department of Rhetoric
M.A., Rhetoric & STC (1999) UM Dept of Rhetoric
B.A., English Education (1995) Marquette University
“A Broader Understanding of the Ethics of Listening: Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Media Studies and the Ethical Listening Subject.” International Journal of Listening 23.1 (2009): 7-20.
William Keith and David Beard. “What’s the Warrant for Warrants: Toulmin’s Rhetorical Logic.” Philosophy & Rhetoric 41.1 (2008): 22-50.
“On the Apocalyptic Columbine” (with Joshua Gunn). Southern Communication Journal 68:3 (Spring 2003) 198-216.
“On the Apocalyptic Sublime” (with Joshua Gunn). Southern Communication Journal 65:4 (Summer 2000) 269-286.
"Paul Virilio and the Mediation of Perception and Technology" (with Joshua Gunn). Enculturation 4.2 (Fall 2002).
Refereed Book Chapters
“Communicating with Audiences.” Contract signed for chapter in anthology with NCTE Press (edited by Brian Fehler et al).
“Rhetoric: A Multidisciplinary Major.” Chapter in anthology with USUP Press (edited by Greg Giberson, et al).
“Historiography and the Study of Rhetoric” (with Dr. Arthur Walzer). The Sage Handbook of Rhetorical Studies. Eds. Andrea A. Lunsford, Kirt H. Wilson, and Rosa A. Eberly. Los Angeles, Sage, 2009. 13-34.
“Rhetorical Theory: Major Figures in the Aristotelian Tradition” (with Dr. Arthur Walzer). Coming of Age: The Advanced Writing Curriculum. Eds. Linda K. Shamoon, Rebecca Moore Howard, Sandra Jamieson, and Robert A. Schwegler. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook 2000.
“More than 100 Years of Rhetoric at the University of Minnesota.” Composition Forum 18 (Summer 2008).
David Beard and Katelyn Vo Thi-Beard. “Rethinking the Book: New Theories for Readers’ Advisory.” Reference and User Services Quarterly 47.4 (Summer 2008): 331-335.
“Silver Age in Hidden Places: The Other Origin of Brainiac” (with Katelyn Hoa Vo Thi-Beard). International Journal of Comic Art 9.2 (Fall 2007).
“Out of the Aerie Realm of the Intellectual Firmament.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 93.3 (2008): 349-351.
“Diamond Data as Public Relations Tool.” The Comics Journal 283.
“Rhetorical Criticism, Holocaust Studies, and the Problem of Ethos” (A reply to “Ethos, Witness, and Holocaust ‘Testimony’” by Michael Bernard-Donals). JAC 20 (Fall 2000): 949-956 (see http://jac.gsu.edu/toc204.htm).
"Interchange (More Thoughts about Developing Quality Scholarship in Technical Communication)" ATTW Bulletin 8:2 (Spring 1998): 7.
Co-Editor, “Forum: On the History of Communication Studies” (with William Keith). Quarterly Journal of Speech 93.3 (2008)
Editor, International Journal of Listening (2004-2007)
Editor and Co-Editor, Wisconsin English Journal (2003-2006)
Review of Making Sense of Political Ideology by Bernard Brock, et al., for Review of Communication. In press.
Review of Composition and the Rhetoric of Science by Michael Zerbe for Review of Communication. In press.
Review Essay on Daniel Gross’s Secret History of Emotion and Heidegger and Rhetoric. In Rhetoric Society Quarterly 2008): 109-112.
Review of Poetic Healing by Mark Huglen and Basil B. Clark, with an afterward by Bernard Brock. In Quarterly Journal of Speech 92:2 (2006): 232-235.
Review of Internal Rhetorics by Jean Nienkamp. In Rhetoric and Public Affairs 6:1 (Spring 2003): 206-208.
Review of Reading the Vampire Slayer: An Unofficial Critical Companion to Buffy and Angel edited by Roz Kaveney In Popular Communication 1:3 (2003): 189 – 191.
Review of Fearless Speech by Michel Foucault. In Rhetoric Society Quarterly (Summer 2002): 99-103.
Review of the anthologies Living Rhetoric and Composition and Twentieth-Century Rhetorics and Rhetoricians for Technical Communication Quarterly 11:1 (Spring 2002): 102-104.
Review of Double Fold by Nicholson Baker. In Journal of Technical Writing and Communication (Spring 2002): 85-90.
Review of Philosophy in the Flesh by George Lakoff. In Argumentation & Advocacy 38:1 (Summer 2001): 59-61.
Review of Selling the Holocaust by Tim Cole. In Critical Studies in Mass Communication 18:1 (March 2001): 120-122.
Review of Pandora’s Hope by Bruno Latour. In Rhetoric Society Quarterly 30:2 (2000): 104-107.
Review of Scientific Discourse in Sociohistorical Context by Dwight Atkinson. In Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 30:3 (2000): 281-285.
Review of A Short Rhetoric for Leaving the Family by Peter Dimock. In Rhetoric Review 18:1 (Fall 1999): 215-218.
Review of Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings Volume 1 (1913-1926). In Quarterly Journal of Speech 84:2 (May 1998): 256-258.
Review of A Teacher's Introduction to Composition in the Rhetorical Tradition and A Teacher's Introduction to Postmodernism (NCTE Teacher’s Introduction Series). In Rhetoric Society Quarterly 27:2 (1997): 88-90 (with Matt Segaard).
Grants & Fellowships
Institute for Advanced Studies Interdisciplinary Collaborative Grant (Fall 2007-Spring 2008), $13,000 awarded. Grant awarded (Fall 2009-2010) $11,000. Co-conveners: Elizabeth, Nelson, Michael Pfau and David Gore (Communication, UMD), Ken Marunowksi (Composition, UMD), Mark Huglen (Communication, UMC).
McKnight Fellowship / Summer Research for work on I. A. Richards monograph (2008), $12,000 awarded.
McKnight/Imagine Fund Grant for work on I. A. Richards monograph (2010), $3,000 awarded.
International Travel Award for work on I. A. Richards monograph (2008) $1,300 awarded.
Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing Research Grant on “Best Practices in Teaching Writing for Engineering” (2006) $6,000 awarded for research assistant and travel
CURA Grant for Education and the Clayton-Jackson-McGhie Memorial.
Courses in Written Communication
Advanced Writing for Business & Organizations (Writ 3121); for Engineering (Writ 3130); for Education & Human Services (Writ 3140); for Sciences (Writ 3150); for Honors (Writ 3180), UM-Duluth
Business (Engl 266) & Technical Writing (Engl 367) UW- River Falls
First-Year Composition I & II (English 111-112) UW-River Falls
Writing to Inform, Convince & Persuade (Rhetoric 1101) University of Minnesota
Writing in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Ecology (Rhetoric 1151) University of Minnesota
Writing in Your Profession (Rhetoric 3562) University of Minnesota
Courses in Oral Communication
Oral Presentations in Technical & Professional Settings (Rhetoric 1223) University of Minnesota
Argumentation (Speech-Communication 1313) University of Minnesota
Major Courses in Scientific and Technical Communication
Research Methods in the Study of Writing (Composition 4300) UM-Duluth
Introduction to Scientific and Technical Communication (Rhetoric 1001) University of Minnesota (live and via ITV)
Theories of Human Communication (Rhetoric 3221) University of Minnesota (live and via ITV)
General Education Courses in the Humanities
Fictional History: The 20th Century through the Eyes of Novelists (Rhetoric 1381) University of Minnesota
20th Century Culture (Rhetoric 3381) University of Minnesota
Human Issues in Literature (English 241) UW- River Falls (live and via ITV)
Research Methods in the Study of Writing (Composition 5300) UM-Duluth
Educator’s Institute in Visual Literacy: Graphic Novels for the Classroom (CE) UM-Duluth
Teaching Contemporary Trauma through Media Literacy (English 789) UW- River Falls
Undergraduate Honors Seminars
Advanced Writing: Honors (Comp 3180) UM-Duluth
Seminar: Communicating the Collapse of the World Trade Center (Honors 181) UW- River Falls
Seminar: The 20th Century through Graphic Novels (Honors 181) UW- River Falls
Coordinator of Grant-Funded Interdisciplinary Initiatives
Under my coordination, the Department of Writing Studies has been home to visiting scholars in rhetoric, visual communication, journalism, composition, information design, & linguistics. Such visiting scholars have included (in alphabetical order):
James Aune: Dr. James Aune is a professor of Communication at Texas A&M University. Dr. Aune is the author of Rhetoric and Marxism and Selling the Free Market. (In collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Study.)
Gerard Baker: Gerard Baker is a leading international journalist. Baker is currently a Washington Correspondent for The London Times. (In collaboration with the Alworth Institute and the Institute for Advanced Study.)
Timothy Behme: Dr. Timothy Behme researches the history of the evolution of the ideas of “authorship” and “intellectual property” in the classical period. Behme’s research pays special attention to the writings of Herodotus, Isocrates and Plato. (In collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Study.)
Elizabeth Birmingham: Dr. Elizabeth Birmingham, North Dakota State University, author of "A New Way of Doing Business: Articulating the Economics of Composition." JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory (co-authored) and "Reframing the Ruins: Pruitt-Igoe, Structural Racism, and African American Rhetoric as a Space for Cultural Critique,” Journal of Western Communication. (In collaboration with the UMD Commission on Women and the Institute for Advanced Study.)
Kevin Brooks: Dr. Kevin Brooks, North Dakota State University, is author of “Remediation, Genre, and Motivation: Key Concepts for Teaching with Weblogs” and “The McLuhan Retrieval Reviewed” and is an active leader in the electronic publishing ventures in Composition Studies. (In collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Study.)
Linda Clemens: Linda Clemens is a researcher in the area of online writing instruction and tutorial work while employed at the Center for Writing at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus.
Alexandra Fuller, award-winning author of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood and Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier. Dogs was a New York Times Notable Book in 2002, the 2002 Booksense Best Non-fiction, a finalist for the Guardian’s First Book Award and winner of the 2002 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. Scribbling won the Ulysses Prize for Art of Reportage in 2004. (In collaboration with the Alworth Institute and the Institute for Advanced Study.)
Richard Graff: Dr. Richard Graff, Department of Writing Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, works in classical and modern rhetorical theory. Graff is co-editor of The Viability of the Rhetorical Tradition. (In collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Study.)
Joshua Gunn: Dr. Joshua Gunn (University of Texas) is an accomplished rhetorical critic and theorist. His publications include Modern Occult Rhetoric. (In collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Study.)
Marguerite Helmers: Dr. Marguerite Helmers works in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She has published works including The Elements of Visual Analysis and Writing Students: Composition, Testimonials and Representations of Students. (In collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Study.)
William Howell: William Howell studies the rhetoric of U.S. foreign policy discourse, with special attention to the role of silence as a rhetorical act at the University of Texas Permian Basin. (In collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Study.)
Kirsten Jameson: Kirsten Jameson works at the cutting edge of research in writing instruction in mediated environments, especially online instruction, while serving as the Director of Student Writing Support at the Center for Writing at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus.
William Keith: Dr. William Keith is a professor of Communication at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. His works include Democracy as Discussion: The American Forum Movement and Civic Education. (In collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Study.)
Angela Ray: Dr. Angela Ray, Northwestern University, specializes in rhetorical criticism and history with an emphasis on women’s rhetoric. She has written "The Rhetorical Ritual of Citizenship: Women’s Voting as Public Performance, 1868–1875," Quarterly Journal of Speech and "What Hath She Wrought?: Woman’s Rights and the Nineteenth-Century Lyceum," Rhetoric and Public Affairs. (In collaboration with the UMD Commission on Women and the Institute for Advanced Study.)
Dennis Stampe: Professor Stampe is currently on faculty at UW-Madison (Oxford, D.Phil.) with research interests in philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, epistemology. His publications include "Towards a Causal Theory of Linguistic Representation," Midwest Studies in Philosophy (1977), "The Authority of Desire," Philosophical Review (1987), and "Need," Australasian Journal of Philosophy (1988). (In collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Study and UMD's Department of Philosophy.)
Kari Whittenberger-Keith: Dr. Kari Whittenberger-Keith, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has been pushing the envelope of online teaching. Dr. Whittenberger-Keit has published widely, from Social Epistemology to the Southern Communication Journal. (In collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Study.)