Meet Stuart Blythe
Dr. Stuart Blythe, a member of the Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures Department since 2009, steps into a new role this year as the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies for the department. In this role Dr. Blythe serves as the director of the Professional Writing (PW) major and also helps run the College of Arts and Letters’ innovative Experience Architecture major.
Dr. Blythe has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Purdue University. Since 1992 he has been studying the teaching of writing, with a particular focus on technical and scientific writing. He teaches a wide array of courses in the Professional Writing major. “Some semesters I teach both WRA 202 and WRA 455, which are the intro and capstone courses, so I like to joke that I bring you in and take you out.”
As an educator and researcher, Dr. Blythe has many interests. One area that he has done research on is the communicative difficulties between experts and citizens. This research can lead to finding ways the two sides can communicate more effectively. “My longstanding interest is in science and technology,” he says, “especially ways that laypersons can make sense of scientific information.”
When asked what he’s most excited about for the upcoming year, Dr. Blythe says, “I am very excited about organizing the Senior Showcase, as well as potentially holding a panel where people who work in PW and XA can tell students what employers are looking for in new hires.”
His first task, though, is to learn the intricacies of the job. “One of my biggest goals is to keep up the kind of success that Laura [Julier] had [in this role] over the last 6 years,” he says. “By the end of the first year I’ll have a very clear idea of what I can implement.”
Photograph by Jack Gould
Written for WRAC by Jack Gould