Rhiannon Goad’s work concerns the persuasive elements of communications that audiences often perceive as arhetorical. Her most recent publication, “The Problem with Police Recorded Video,” in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, details how judges and jurors misperceive dashcam and bodycam footage as neutral and objective, and she is currently working on a project that tracks how senators categorize information related to reproductive rights on their websites. She has also published on how competing political communities engage with the “Founding Fathers” trope as they seek to establish political authority.
As the visiting assistant professor of technical and professional writing and associated faculty member for women’s and gender studies at the University of New Orleans, Goad received the university’s Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award. At the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a Ph.D. in English and an M.A. in gender studies, she received the John Slatin Prize for Mastery of Electronic Media in Education (MEME). Goad also holds an M.P.A. from the university’s Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs.
In the classroom, Goad focuses on the rhetorical dimensions of professional communications. She uses a recursive approach to writing instruction that encourages students to approach workplace genre conventions through a rhetorical lens. At UVA, she will teach classes that explore the argumentative elements of drug policy and communications related to political identification.