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Dale Smith

Department of English
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 2K3
Email: dsmith at ryerson dot ca
Phone: 512-541-6952



Ph. D. English. Program in Rhetoric and Writing
University of Texas at Austin. May 2011
Concentration in Rhetoric and Writing
Dissertation: “Rhetoric, Poetry, and Public Modalities. Committee: Jeffrey Walker (Chair), Mark Longaker, Joshua Gunn, Brian Bremen, Samuel Baker,
Marjorie Perloff
Minor: History of Rhetoric
Research interests: rhetorical studies, poetics, activism and U. S. social culture, public sphere studies

MA, Poetics.
The New College of California, May 1996

BA, English
The University of Texas at Austin, December 1990
: Philosophy


The James L. Kinneavy Prize for Scholarship in Rhetoric & Composition (2010)

Florence Durrett Endowed Presidential Scholarship (2010)

English Department Dissertation Fellowship (Spring 2009)

Rhetoric Society of America’s Gerard A. Hauser Graduate Scholarship (2008)


Assistant Professor. Department of English, Ryerson University, Toronto (August 2011)

Assistant Director. Dept. of Rhetoric and Writing, University of Texas at Austin (2010-2011)
Assistant Instructor. Dept. of Rhetoric and Writing, University of Texas at Austin (2005-2010)
Assistant Instructor. University Extension, University of Texas at Austin (2010-Present)
Adjunct Professor. Huston-Tillotson University (2010-present)
Guest Faculty. Naropa University Summer Writing Program (2009)
Adjunct Instructor: Austin Community College (2004-2005)


Book Manuscript:

Poets Beyond the Barricade: Rhetoric, Citizenship and Dissent after 1960.
University of Alabama Press. Series: Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critique.
(Book in production: estimated pub date Spring 2012.)

Book Chapter:

“The Newly American.” Pierre Joris: Cartographies of the In-Between, edited by Peter Cockelbergh (Prague, Czech Republic: Litteraria Pragensia, 2011)

“‘VIII. Lowghost Publicity, or, My Vocabulary Did This To Me,’ an Excerpt from The Seminar of Jack Spicer, Book III: On Dead Letters, Freakish Noises, Necropolitics, Fire-engines, and the Missing Couch,” co-written with Joshua Gunn. Public Modalities: Rhetoric, Culture, Media and the Shape of Public Life, edited by Dan Brouwer and Rob Asen (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2010)


“Rhetorical Distributions: Communicative Action and Circulation in Civil Societies.” Co-authored with James J. Brown. Public Culture (Submitted)


Conference Presentations

“Rhetorical Distributions: How Publics Exist after Circulation” (Co-authored with James J. Brown). The Digital and the Human(ities): Access, Authority, and Identity. Sponsored by the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies. February 2011.

“Epideictic Suasion in Postmodern Poetry.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Seattle. May 2008. (Winner of the Gerard A. Hauser Graduate Scholarship)

“Role of the Poet-Critic.” Associated Writing Program Conference. Austin. March 2006. (participant)

Invited Presentations

“Epideictic Rhetoric and Activism.” Minor Poets Series. Duke University. March 2011 (forthcoming)

“D’oh!, or, Notes on Style: Grammar, Mechanics, and Usage in the RHE 306 Classroom.” University of Texas at Austin. August 2010. (Orientation Lecture for new first-year writing instructors)

“Creativity and Technology.” Panel. University of Texas at Dallas. March 2010. (participant)

“Rhetoric and Public Protests of War: Robert Duncan, Denise Levertov, and Social Action.” Naropa University. July 2009. (guest speaker)

“Poetry, Publics, and Audience.” English Department, SUNY Buffalo. November 2006. (guest speaker)

“Small Press Publishing Technologies.” St. Mary’s College. April 2005. (participant)

“Community and Publication.” University of  Pennsylvania. September 2002. (guest speaker)


E 398T: Supervised Teaching in English, University of Texas at Austin (Fall 2010,

co-taught with Mark Longaker)

E 318L: Poetic Narrative in Verse and Prose, University of Texas at Austin  (Fall
2007, Spring 2008)

E316K: Masterworks of American Literature, University of Texas Extension (Spring
2010, Fall 2010)

RHE 310: Intermediate Expository Writing, University of Texas (Fall 2008)

RHE 309K: The Rhetoric of Courtship, University of Texas (Fall 2006, Spring 2007,
Summer 2008)

RHE 306: First-Year Rhetoric & Writing, University of Texas (Fall 2005, Spring
2006, Summer 2006,

Fall ’2009, Spring 2010, Summer 2010)

ENGL 1301: English Composition, Austin Community College (Fall 2004,
Spring2005, Summer 2005)

ENGL 2307: Beginning Creative Writing, Austin Community College (Spring 2005)

E 1302: Huston-Tillotson University College Rhetoric and Composition (Summer


Reviewer. Texas Studies in Language and Literature (2009-present)

Contributing Editor. Currents in Electronic Literacy (2009-2010)

Blogger. Viz. Computer Writing and Research Lab, University of Texas at Austin,
Department of Rhetoric (2008)

Media Coordinator. University of Texas Undergraduate Writing Center (2007)

U. S. Peace Corps Volunteer. Republic of Yemen (1992-3)


Rhetoric Society of America; National Council of Teachers of English; Associated Writing Programs; Modern Language Association


Dossier, including confidential letters of request, available from Credentials Service, The University of Texas, A115 Jester, Austin, Texas 78705

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