The Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media PhD program is home to core faculty from the Department of Communication and the Department of English. Graduate faculty in the Departments of English and Communication are eligible for membership on the Program Core Faculty of the Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media. Members of the CRDM Core Faculty must be full or associate members of the Graduate Faculty and hold full-time tenure-track positions at NC State University; be willing to play an active role in the Program by, for example, chairing dissertation committees, serving on administrative committees, being a member of an examination or dissertation committees, and participating in the academic and social life of the Program; have a strong record of teaching and advising and be able to teach doctoral-level courses suitable to the Program; and have an active program of research or scholarship that contributes to the focus, scope, and goals of the CRDM curriculum, as indicated by scholarly specialization, publications, grants, etc.
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Dr. Gallagher's primary area of publication and scholarship is rhetorical criticism, particularly of civil rights-related discourse, commemorative sites (museums and memorials), visual rhetoric, material culture, and public art. She is the principle investigator of the Virtual Martin Luther King project and co-editor of Communicative Cities in the 21st Century (Peter Lang, 2013). Her published essays appear in major journals and book collections and her work has been funded by organizations as varied as the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Engineering Information Foundation. Dr. Gallagher teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in visual and material rhetoric, rhetorical theory and criticism, communication ethics, and organizational communication.
Dr. Penrose studies writing processes, the teaching of writing, and the development of academic and professional literacies. Her work has focused on three transitional periods: the first year of college as students adapt to the literacy demands of the academy; students’ entrance into disciplinary communities and research fields as upperclassmen and graduate students; and socialization and identity among new professionals. She teaches courses on composition theory and pedagogy, empirical research methods, and scientific writing. Dr. Penrose's work has appeared in College Composition and Communication, Written Communication, Research in the Teaching of English, Writing Program Administration, and other journals. She and Steven B. Katz co-authored Writing in the Sciences: Exploring Conventions of Scientific Discourse (Pearson/Longman), now in its third edition. She holds a PhD in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Stacey Pigg works at the intersections of digital rhetoric and professional communication to research the impact of networked writing practices on how we work, think, and learn. Her scholarship analyzing how writing takes place through social media, mobile devices, and other networked infrastructures has been published in journals such as College Composition and Communication, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Written Communication, and she received the 2015 Nell Ann Pickett Award for best article in Technical Communication Quarterly. Dr. Pigg teaches courses in rhetorical theory, online information design, networked communication practices, and professional and technical communication. She is also the Associate Director of NC State’s Professional Writing Program, where she trains TAs in professional writing pedagogies. Dr. Pigg holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing from Michigan State University.