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Norgaard, Rolf P

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research overview

  • Dr. Norgaard's research is focused on rhetoric and composition. Specific interests include: rhetorical study of literacy practices and writing instruction in institutional settings; academic rhetorics, analytic and argumentative writing, disciplinary rhetorics of inquiry; writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines; genre theory; technical and professional writing; writing program administration; curricular design; information literacy; ethical and civic engagement; writing and civic discourse; writing as a design art.


  • Rhetoric and composition, composition pedagogy and theory, rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, rhetorical analysis, genre studies, technical and professional communication, civic engagement, information literacy, writing program administration



courses taught

  • HONR 3220 - Advanced Honors Writing Workshop
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Intensive practice of expository writing skills, particularly argumentation in longer forms. Course includes extensive practice in researching secondary sources, synthesizing large bodies of information, structuring cogent arguments for diverse sources, etc.
  • WRTG 1250 - Advanced First-Year Writing and Rhetoric
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Advanced version of WRTG 1150 intended for more experienced writers, this course meets the same goals as WRTG 1150 but at a more challenging level. Taught as a writing workshop, the course places a premium on invention, drafting and thoughtful revision. For placement criteria, see the arts and sciences advising office. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • WRTG 3030 - Writing on Science and Society
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Spring 2022 / Summer 2022 / Spring 2023 / Summer 2023
    Through selected reading and writing assignments, students consider ethical and social ramifications of science policy and practice. Focuses on critical thinking, analytical writing, and oral presentation. Taught as a writing workshop, the course addresses communication with professional and non-technical audiences. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • WRTG 3035 - Technical Communication and Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Rhetorically informed introduction to technical writing that hones communication skills in the context of technical design activities. Treats design as a collaborative, user-oriented, problem-based activity, and technical communication as a rhetorically informed and persuasive design art. Taught as a writing workshop emphasizing critical thinking, revision, and oral presentation skills. Focuses on client-driven design projects and effective communication with multiple stakeholders. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • WRTG 3045 - Writing for Emerging Workplaces
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    A rhetorically-informed professional writing course addressing key competencies needed in emerging workplaces. Intended for juniors and seniors from a wide range of majors who anticipate working in communication-intensive capacities. Taught as a writing workshop, with a focus on revision, critical thinking, and collaborative engagement. Key topics: professional correspondence, grant and proposal writing, writing for policy debates, data analysis and visualization, report writing, and advanced oral presentation and multimedia skills. Satisfies A&S Upper-Division Written Communication requirement.
  • WRTG 3930 - Internship in Writing and Rhetoric
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019 / Spring 2020
    Provides academically supervised opportunity for undergraduate students to engage in writing and rhetoric as a practical and productive art. Students may work in a variety of organizations (public/government/civic/private) on writing-intensive projects related to their career goals, and thereby connect classroom theory to real-world practice. Prior approval of PWR internship coordinator required.


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