Director, First Year Writing and Rhetoric
B.S., Indiana University; M.A., Indiana State University; Ph.D., Ball State University
Patrick Clauss studies the relationships among argumentation theory, composition theory and pedagogy, and rhetoric. He is the author of iclaim: visualizing argument, and he teaches Writing and Rhetoric and a graduate practicum on the teaching of writing. He has recently worked with the College Board, serving as a consultant regarding AP examinations and high school and college curricula. In the spring of 2014, he was named a recipient of the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Recent Scholarly Activity
"Challenges of Large-scale Writing Assessment: Portfolios, Through-course Assessments,
and Other Emerging Innovations." Panel Member. Conference on College Composition
and Communication, Houston, TX. 8 April 2016.
"Strategic Moves in a Contact Zone." Practical Criticism Midwest. Muncie, IN. 6 February 2015.
"Ampliative Inferences and The Teaching of Argument." Conference on College Composition
and Communication. Indianapolis, IN. 20 March 2014.
"Synecdochic Representation and Exemplars in Argumentation." Conference on Rhetoric as
Equipment for Living. Ghent, Belgium. 23 May 2013.
"Shifting Identities: So Now I'm a Writing Teacher, Too?" Conference on College Composition
and Communication. St. Louis, MO. 22 March 2012.
"Is Data the Plural of Anecdote? Inductive Arguments in Composition." Ontario Society for the Study
of Argument. Windsor, Ontario. 20 May 2011.
"Questioning with Authority: Teaching the Art of Good Questions." Conference on College Composition
and Communication. Atlanta, GA. 7 April 2011.
“Prolepsis: Dealing with Multiple Viewpoints in Argument.” Ontario Society for the Study of Argument.
Windsor, Ontario. 9 June 2007.
“Visualizing Arguments.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco,
CA. 21 March 2005.
“Pedagogy and Persona: The Construction of a Classroom Ethos.” National Conference of Teachers
of English. Indianapolis. 20 March 2004.
“Writing from ‘Inside’ Out; Moving from ‘Outside’ In.” Conference on College Composition and Communication.
San Antonio, Texas. 19 March 2004.
“Mapping Arguments: Visual Representations of Essay-Length Texts.” Conference on College Composition and
Communication. Chicago. 21 March 2002.