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. Among his more recent publications is a co-edited collection on image events, a peer-reviewed article that focuses on assistive technologies in instructional design, and “Gaining Ground by ‘Thinking Little’: Gardening as Curricular Reform across the Liberal
Arts and Sciences" which appeared in the Winter issue (March 2017) of Liberal Education.
Dr. Wilferth's duties in the College of Arts & Sciences include the following.
- responsible for the adjunct budget, includes consulting with the dean and working directly with department heads
- responsible for execution, assessments, and revision of the CAS strategic plan, includes co-chairing the CAS Strategic Plan Committee and managing entries in Compliance Assist
- responsible for academic scheduling during the regular academic year (fall and spring), includes communicating with department heads if/when courses need to be added and/or low-enrolled courses need to be canceled
- responsible for annual performance evaluation of our Arts and Humanities lecturers (one-year term faculty)
- responsible for communication; marketing materials, website, CAS photography; collaborates with the Development Office in this communication
- responsible for coordinating CAS scholarships
- responsible for maintaining and communicating promotion and tenure guidelines and policies
- responsible for coordinating RTR efforts, includes providing workshops for faculty as they prepare to reappointment, tenure, and/or promotion
- coordinates student retention, recruitment, and student success initiatives, includes serving as liaison with CASS office (e.g., student video profiles)
- coordinates professional development retreats with/for department heads, including maintaining the guidebook for department heads
- manages efficiently student grade appeals and grade change petitions
- assembles faculty achievements from year to year; distributes/promotes achievements via the dean's website
- assists in planning college awards and convocation
- chairs the College of Arts and Sciences Executive Committee (includes coordinating reviewing applications for internal Research and Creative Activity grants as well as reviewing/awarding of supplemental grant for presentations)
- chairs of the ad hoc CAS Budget Committee
- new hire requests in the Arts and Humanities
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.
Environmental Rhetorics, Environmental Literature, Visual Rhetoric, Professional Writing, and courses which emphasize the literature and rhetorics surrounding social movement
I do my best to ensure vibrant in-class 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.