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Dr. Joe Wilferth
UC Foundation Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Ph.D. Bowling Green State University
  (423) 425-4621
  (423) 425-2282
  CSOB 281

Joe Wilferth, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in professional writing, environmental rhetoric, rhetorical analysis, and visual rhetoric.  In addition to ongoing research in areas such as hypertext/hypermedia and teaching with technology, he recently completed a co-edited collection on image events, and his latest peer-reviewed article focuses on assistive technologies in instructional design. His newest essay, “Gaining Ground by ‘Thinking Little’: Gardening as Curricular Reform across the Liberal Arts and Sciences," is coming out in February (2017) in Liberal Education. 

Responsibilities in the College include managing the adjunct budget, leading professional development retreats with/for department heads, working with department heads to manage summer school budgets and scheduling, overseeing course enrollments, communicating with department heads if/when low-enrolled courses need to be canceled, managing efficiently student grade appeals and grade change petitions, maintaining promotion and tenure guidelines and policies, reviewing and approving department retention plans, reviewing applications for Faculty Development Grants, serving as liaison on assessment and accreditation (tied to Curriculum Mapping), maintaining the guidebook for department heads, promoting student retention, recruitment, and success (Complete College), and evaluating annual performance of our outstanding lecturers (one-year term faculty). He also chairs the College of Arts and Sciences Executive Committee, a body which reviews applications for internal Research and Creative Activity grants. He currently co-chairs, along with Dr. Manuel Santiago, the College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Plan Committee.

Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

M.A., Southeast Missouri State University

B.A., DePauw University

Research and/or Creative Interests
Environmental rhetoric, visual literacy, social movement (not social movements), and scholarship on/issues related to teaching with assistive technologies.

Teaching Interests

Environmental Rhetorics, Environmental Literature, Visual Rhetoric, Professional Writing, and courses which emphasize the literature and rhetorics surrounding social movement

Teaching Approach
I do my best to ensure vibrant in­class discussion, and I tend to sequence assignments so that they build in complexity. Otherwise, heads explode.


Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation?
Aside from teaching, I love music. All kinds! It's one of the most profound forms of human creativity, communication, and connection. I'm a professional listener and an unprofessional player.

What are your expectations of students?
What do I expect from my students? I want students to give their ALL to the subject of the course, ­­i.e., to read the material and to find connections between that material and other texts they/we encounter everyday. I want my students to find relevance in the course material.