Rick Wysocki

Assistant Teaching Professor


Rick Wysocki

I am a writing educator with ten years of university-level teaching experience. I’ve designed and taught courses on technical communication, business and professional writing, and academic research writing. As a teacher, I’m passionate about creating immersive learning environments that give students the tools to communicate information to audiences across diverse contexts.

I hold a Ph. D. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Louisville. My dissertation explored the documentation practices involved in the creation of the Williams-Nichols Archive, a collection of LGBTQ history assembled by Louisville activist David Williams and now held by the University of Louisville. This research led to a publication in Rhetoric Review_, a premier peer-reviewed journal in rhetoric studies. Additionally, I’ve published print-based and born-digital research in several other academic publications.

I also have many years of editorial experience. In 2014-2015, I worked at the Henry James Review, the flagship journal for Henry James studies. My work involved:

Today, I serve as a Section Editor at Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy_, a journal of born-digital scholarly work. Here, I use my knowledge of web design and markup languages to help authors realize born-digital scholarship. Additionally, I work on the production cycle for each issue ensuring proper metadata, HTML5 syntax, and accessibility measures are present in published work.

Outside of my academic work, I am also engaged in the following projects:


A photo of Spotify's genre playlist interface.

What is Genre?

A concept that is has been popping up in recent posts is genre. It's not surprising, as genre is central not only to film--increasingly, the focus of this blog--but to rhetoric and writing studies, my academic home. But what *is* genre?

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An image from the film Men of Harper, looking scared, in a tunnel.

Men (2022)

A few weeks ago, I went to see Alex Garland's film Men. I really enjoyed, especially in the context of my growing interest in both film genre studies and the specific genre of horror.

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