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Robert Watkins

Robert Watkins

Associate Professor of English

Office: LA 207-C



PhD, Rhetoric & Professional Communication (2014), Iowa State University

MA, English - Literature & Writing (2008), Utah State University

BA, English - Professional & Technical Writing (2005), Utah State University

Robert Watkins studied rhetoric, composition, and technical communication at Iowa State and Utah State. He teaches those very subjects to undergraduate and graduate students at Idaho State. His teaching approaches stem from his research, where he focuses on the pedagogical intersections of multimodal composition, visual rhetoric, technical communication, and comics production. The vesica piscis of these topics appear in all his classes: teaching rhetorical genre and comics production to model all types of professional and academic writing. Rob loves working with students to help them find their professional and academic voice. Feel free to contact him if you’d like to discuss any of these topics. 


Peer Reviewed

"Technical and Sequential: Teaching Comics Production in the Technical Communication Classroom.” Programmatic Perspectives, vol. 11, no. 1, 2020, pp. 40–67. 

"Sequential Mapping: Using Sequential Rhetoric and Comics Production to Understand UX Design.” Technical Communication Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 3, 2020, pp. 304–318. (with Tom Lindsley Lindsley)

“iPads or Computer Labs: A Technical Communication Classroom Study.” E-Learning and Digital Media, Sage Publishing. Vol. 16 , Issue 5, September 2019. (with Diantha Smith Mark McBeth).

“Comic Con(nection): Envisaging Comics as a Multimodal Ensemble that Teaches Core Visual Writing." Journal of Teaching Writing, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2018. 

“Sequential Rhetoric: Using Freire and Quintilian to Teach Students to Read and Create Comics.” Digital Humanities Quarterly. Spring 2016. Winner of Best Online Comics Scholarship 2016  (with Tom Lindsley).

"Sexy Art, Speculative Commerce, and the X-Men #1 Launch Extravaganza." The Ages of X-Men. ed. Joseph Darowski. McFarland: Jefferson, 2013. (with Tim Elliot).

"Words Are The Ultimate Abstraction: Towards Using Scott McCloud for Teaching Visual Rhetoric." Kairos. Kairos and Creative Commons, online, Summer 2008.

Reviews, Fiction, & Pop Culture 

“The Little Girl and the Universe Tool.” Baltimore Review. Winter 2019. 

“Chasing the Light: The Cloud Cult Story.” Popular Music and Society, vol. 40, no. 1, January 2017. 

“Stewart/Colbert Effect: Colbert Trumps Fallon in Trump Interview.” Pop Matters. March 2016. 

"The Blueprint/Product Disparity: Learning from Lofty Plans and Humble Products." InVisible Culture vol. 23, 2015.

Courses Taught 

English 7731: Practicum in Teaching Composition

English 6631: Seminar in Teaching Writing

English 4499/5599: Advanced Academic Writing 

English 4493: Senior Seminar Professional Writing

English 4431/5531: Teaching and Writing Projects Special Topics 

English 4410: Writing Internship 

English 4407: Topics in Professional Writing 

English 4401/5501: Advanced Composition 

English 3308: Business Communication

English 3307: Technical Communication

English 1102: Writing and Rhetoric II

English 1101: Writing and Rhetoric I