Ph.D. - Technical Communication and Rhetoric
Texas Tech University - 2002
M.A. - English and Technical Communication
Texas Tech University - 1997
B.S. - History and English, Teacher Certification (grs. 6-12)
West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas - 1994
Review, Flash Effect: Science and the Rhetorical Origins of Cold War America, by David Tietge, for the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. 33 (2003): 365-370. 2003 - Publication
Co-author, Technical Writing Course Packet for English 303: Technical Writing (Fall 2003 – Summer 2004), School of Literature and Language, Louisiana Tech University, 2003. 2003 - Publication
Review, Writing Workplace Cultures: An Archaeology of Professional Writing, by Jim Henry, for theJournal of Technical Writing and Communication for the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. 32 (2002): 186-190. 2002 - Publication
Review, Humanistic Aspects of Technical Communication, Paul Dombrowski, editor, Winter 1997 for the Popular Culture Association; Online
(http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=24552870795353 1997 - Publication
Co-author, Teaching Assistant Instructor’s Guidefor Department of English Composition Program, Texas Tech University, 1996. 1996 - Publication
Editorial Board, iDeal Reader
Primis Division of McGraw-Hill Higher Education [2009–2012]
Director of Rhetoric and Writing/Assistant Professor of Literary Studies
University of Texas at Dallas [2008–Present]
Interim Director of Rhetoric and Writing/Senior Lecturer in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication
University of Texas at Dallas [2006–2008]
University of Texas at Dallas [2005–2006]
Professor of English
Collin County Community College [2004–2005]
Composition and Literature South Plains College, Dual-Credit Program [2004–2004]
Texas Tech University [2004–2004]
Professional Writer and Analyst
Revizon, LLC [2003–2004]
Writing Lab Instructor
Lubbock Christian University [2002–2002]
Assistant Professor of English and Technical Writing/Coordinator, Technical Writing Major and Minor
Louisiana Tech University [2002–2003]
Dr. John Gooch is Director of the Rhetoric Program. Along with other faculty members, he continues to make positive changes in the Program. They have revised the standardized syllabus to include more challenging activities and assignments, and believe most students have responded favorably to changes. The syllabus, for example, now includes a grading scale and percentage weights for specific assignments. In addition, they have furthered attempts to professionalize the Program, offering more opportunities for TA training and mentoring as well as sponsoring colloquia and workshops through the Rhetoric Society of UT Dallas. The International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR) has accepted Dr. Gooch's presentation abstract for its July conference in Montreal; the meeting will include over 1,000 participants representing at least 30 different countries. In addition, he will be attending the Rhetoric Society of America's (RSA) Third Biennial Summer Institute held in June on the Penn State University campus. In addition to these activities, Dr. Gooch is also currently co-authoring a composition and first-year writing textbook for McGraw-Hill Higher Education titled Argument!, which will most likely publish later this year.
Participant, “Reading Lincoln’s Rhetoric,” workshop led by David Zarefsky, Rhetoric Society of America Third Biennial Summer Institute, June 26-28, 2009
Achievements in Original Investigation
Books Authored or Co-Authored
Seyler, Dorothy, Erica Messenger, and John Gooch. Argument! New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2010.
Articles in Refereed Journals
“Imagining the law and the constitution of societal order in Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker’s 1965 “Crime and the great society” address.” U.S.-China Law Review 7 (2010): 35-41.
“The Dynamics and Challenges of Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Case Study of “Cortical Depth of Bench” in Group Proposal Writing.” IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 48 (2005): 177-190.
Books and Articles Submitted for Publication
“Reading, Writing, and Imagining the Law as Literature: Revisiting the Work of James Boyd White for Finding Future Directions in the Scholarship of Legal Rhetoric.” Rhetor (submitted 15-May 2010)
Works in Progress
Argument! Second edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
Agitators, Agitation, and Control: Case Studies of LAPD Rhetoric during the 1960s. (booklength project)
Review of Composition & Copyright: Perspectives on Teaching, Text-making, and Fair Use, edited by Steve Westbrook. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. 40 (2010): 487- 490.
Review of Beyond the Archives: Research as Lived Process, edited by Gesa A. Kirsch and Liz Rohan. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. 40 (2010): 235-237.
Review of Content Management: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice, edited by George Pullman and Baotong Gu. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. 40 (2010): 106-109.
Editor of Writing and Reasoning Across Disciplines: A Reader for RHET 1302, University of Texas at Dallas, McGraw-Hill Primis Division/Learning Solutions, 2009.
Review of Composition and the Rhetoric of Science: Engaging the Dominant Discourse, by Michael J. Zerbe. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. 38 (2008): 414-417.
Review of Reshaping Technical Communication: New Directions and Challenges for the 21st Century, edited by Barbara Mirel and Rachel Spilka. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. 33 (2003): 281-284.
Review of Flash Effect: Science and the Rhetorical Origins of Cold War America, by David Tietge. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. 33 (2003): 365-370.
Review of Writing Workplace Cultures: An Archaeology of Professional Writing, by Jim Henry. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication for the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. 32 (2002): 186-190.
Review of Humanistic Aspects of Technical Communication, edited by Paul Dombrowski. Winter 1997 for the Popular Culture Association; Online (http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=24552870795353)
Invited or Refereed Talks/Presentations
“Law and Literature/Law as Literature: Revisiting the Theories of James Boyd White for Working at the Intersection of Rhetoric, Law, and History.” Paper accepted for the biennial meeting of the International Society of the History of Rhetoric, Bologna, Italy, July 18-22, 2011.
“Concord, Controversy, and Control: The Neglected Legal Rhetoric of Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker, 1950-1966”, Panel Presentation, “Neglected Areas of Legal Rhetoric: Questioning Rhetoric’s Power to Civilize and Control.” Paper presented at the biennial meeting for the Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 28-31, 2010.
“The Significance of Spiritual Allusions in Lincoln’s 1857 Dred Scott Speech”, Panel Presentation, “Reading Lincoln Controversially: Rhetorically Analyzing Key Texts of the Sixteenth President.” Paper presented at the biennial meeting for the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 28-31, 2010.
“Imagining the Law as Rhetoric: A Close Reading of James Boyd White and Implications for Future Research.” Paper presented at the XVIIth Conference of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, McGill University, Montreal, Qc, July 22-26, 2009.
“Imagining the Law and the Constitution of Societal Order in Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker’s 1965 “Crime and the Great Society” Address.” Paper presented at the 12th Annual Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and Humanities Conference – Suffolk University Law School, April 3-4, 2009.
“To Protect and Serve”: The Los Angeles Police Department, Public Discourse, and the Responsibilities of Rhetoric in Law Enforcement after World War Two.” Paper presented at the 13th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference, 2008 – Seattle, Washington, May 23-26, 2008.
“To Protect and Serve”: The Los Angeles Police Department after 1945 and the Rhetorical Construction of Power and Authority in Public Discourse.” Paper presented at the Sixteenth Annual English Graduates for Academic Development Conference, Texas A & M University at Commerce - Commerce, Texas, October 26, 2007.
“Teaching Technical Documentation Using Artificial Intelligence Systems: A Service Learning Opportunity for International Students in Software Engineering.” Paper presented at the Sixtythird Annual Meeting of the South Central Modern Language Association, Dallas, Texas, October 27, 2006.
Contributed (Unrefereed) Abstracts and/or Oral Presentations
“40 Years of Teaching Writing.” 40 @ 40 speaker series. UTD campus. 25-January 2010
“Imagining the Law and the Constitution of Societal Order in Los Angeles Police Chief Parker’s 1965 Crime and the Great Society Address.” Law and Rhetoric Abstracts Vol. 2, No. 36, 8-May 2009. Social Science Research Network (http://www.ssrn.com) (Top Ten Download List for Rhetoric and Law, Rhetoric and Public Affairs – June 2009)
“Successful Writing for First-Year Composition and Beyond: Helping Students Transition Smoothly from High School to College.” Pearce High School, Richardson, Texas. 28-May 2009
Graduate Student Independent Studies
Jordan Canfield, Fall 2009 and Fall 2010
Dallie Clark, Spring - Summer 2010
Wei (Wendy) Shao, Summer 2010
Sharmistha Basu, Summer 2008 and Summer 2009
Other Teaching - Undergraduate Honors Thesis Committees
Andrew Hoelscher, Spring 2010
Doctoral Advisement and Direction
Heather Wood, 2-June 2010 (committee member)
Body, Mind, and Soul: Female Agency and Performance, 1960 - Present
Sharmistha Basu, 16-November 2009 (committee member)
The Perfecting Nature of Art in King Lear
Thomas Mackenzie, 2-November 2009 (committee member)
Cutting the Darkness: Re-Envisioning Postmodern American Fiction Through a Native American Worldview Lens
Tracey Thornton, 2007-present (committee co-chair)
[dissertation in progress]
Dallie Clark, 2009-present (committee member)
[dissertation in progress]
Jordan Canfield, 2010-present (committee member)
[preparation for comprehensive exams in progress]
Masters Advisement and Direction
Michelle Tsai, 10-November 2010 (M.A.T. committee member)
"Constructivist TESOL: Interactive and Multidisciplinary Method for Adult ESL"
James Maher, 17-April 2009 (committee member)
"Blending the Crossword with the Narrative: An Examination of the Storygame"
"The Ludics of Ulysses"
Jeremy Skinner, 10-May 2008 (committee member)
"Hyper-What?: The Truth Behind Hypertexts"
"Failure in Higher Education"
"The Electronic I: A New Voice in Academic Writing"