Dan Seward

Dan Seward

Dan Seward

Senior Lecturer and Administrative Associate for Rhetoric, Composition & Literacy


025 Denney Hall
Columbus campus

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Areas of Expertise

  • Business and professional writing
  • Technical writing
  • First-year writing
  • History of rhetoric
  • Online writing instruction
  • Writing program administration and assessment


  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 2008
  • MA, University of Texas at Austin, 1999
  • BA, University of Texas at Austin, 1993
  • BBA, University of Texas at Austin, 1993



Dan Seward teaches undergraduate courses in writing and rhetoric, including lower-division composition, as well as technical, business and professional writing courses. Dan’s other activities include supporting the department’s writing program administration.

Over the past few years, he has presented on writing program assessment, online writing pedagogy and basic writing at the Conference on College Composition and Communication and at the Council of Writing Program Administrators. His publications in composition include the Scott, Foresman Writer (with John Ruszkiewicz, Maxine Hairston and Christy Friend) and, more recently, contributions to the Bedford Bibliography of Research in Online Writing Instruction. In the late 1990s, Dan also pioneered the development of interactive electronic writing handbooks, working with Maxine Hairston and John Ruszkiewicz (an Ohio State alum) to publish Rhetoric Online and Coretext.

Dan also researches early modern rhetoric, particularly Tudor and Stuart parliamentary oratory. His conference presentations have treated the speeches of Elizabeth I, Francis Bacon, Thomas Wilson, Thomas More, Robert Cecil and numerous lesser-known orators. 

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