Mission Statement

Mission Statement


The Department of Writing and Rhetoric embraces the collective goals of the University of Rhode Island and the College of Arts and Sciences, and endeavors to fulfill our function within their missions with the highest degrees of:

  • Rigor in the pursuit of teaching and scholarly excellence,
  • Responsible collaboration and appropriate interdisciplinary partnerships,
  • Respectful outreach with the university and extramural communities,
  • Responsiveness to changing conditions, and
  • Programmatic and personal integrity.

Rhetoric’s crucial role in the construction, maintenance, and on-going revision of public life has been recognized for centuries. As part of the Liberal Arts and General Education Core, rhetoric and composition can guide students in recognizing, valuing, and understanding difference at the same time they work toward developing and expressing their own critical stances. As an academic discipline, rhetoric and composition guides undergraduate and graduate students in theorizing and disseminating the complexities of language use. As a public practice, rhetoric and composition can be an empowering component of the university’s and college’s outreach arm. The faculty of Writing & Rhetoric wholeheartedly strive to develop each of these aspects of their program as appropriate to ever-changing university, disciplinary, and societal conditions.