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Ph.D.: Rhetoric & Professional Communication

Iowa State University º Ames, IA ( May 2014): 3.78 GPA

Dissertation: Sequential Rhetoric

Committee: Charles Kostelnick, Barb Blakely, Margaret LaWare, Kathie Gossett, John Cunnally

MA: English—Literature & Writing

Utah State University º Logan, UT (May 2008): 3.88 GPA

language emphasis: Spanish

BA: English—Professional & Technical Writing

Utah State University º Logan, UT (May 2005): Cum laude

Minor: Spanish


Idaho State University ° Visiting Assistant Professor

Pocatello, ID º Fall 2014 – Present


Iowa State University ° Graduate Instructor

Ames, IA º Fall 2009 – Spring 2015 ° 69 credit hours

  •  English 314: Technical Communication
  •  English 312: Biological Communication
  •  English 302: Business Communication
  •  English 250: WOVE Composition
  •  English 150: Critical Thinking and Composition

Des Moines Area Community College º Adjunct Instructor

Boone, IA º Fall 2009–Present º 21 credit hours

  • Literature 101: Introduction to Literature
  • English 106: Composition II
  • English 105: Composition I

Salt Lake Community College º Adjunct Instructor

Salt Lake City, UT º Summer 2008–2009 º 30 credit hours

  • English 2100: Technical Writing
  • English 2010: Intermediate Writing
  • English 1010: Introduction to Writing

Utah Valley University º Adjunct Instructor

Orem, UT º Fall 2008–Summer 2009 º 24 credit hours

  • English 2010: Intermediate Writing
  • English 1010: Introduction to Writing

LDS Business College º Part-time Faculty

Salt Lake City, UT º Fall 2008–Spring 2009 º 4 credit hours

  • English 220: Business Communication

Utah State University º Graduate Instructor

Logan, UT º Fall 2007–Spring 2008 º 12 credit hours

  • English 1010: Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose



Watkins, Robert and Tom Lindsley. “Sequential Rhetoric: Using Freire and Quintilian to Teach Students to Read and Create Comics.” Accepted to Digital Humanities Quarterly. Upcoming, 2014.

Watkins, Robert and Tim Elliot. “Sexy Art, Speculative Commerce, and the X-Men #1 Launch Extravaganza.” The Ages of X-Men. ed. Joseph Darowski. McFarland: Jefferson, 2013.

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


“Sequential Software: Using Computers for Creating Instructional Comics.” Conference on College Composition and CommunicationComputer Connection. Las Vegas, NV. March 2013

“Manti Te’o and Aristotle Playing Catch: How a Hoax Demonstrates that the Concept of Ethos is Still Not Easily Defined.”  Midwest Conference on Literature, Language, and Media. Dekalb, IL. March 2013.

“An American Rhetor: Towards Accepting Tecumseh as Part of the Rhetorical Reader Cannon.” National Association of Native American Studies Conference. Baton Rouge, LA. February 2013.

“Arriving Fashionably Late at the User-generated Content Party: Solving Reader Impatience Through Multimodality.” Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing. Mankato, MN. November 2012.

“Sequential Quintilian and Graphic Freire: Combining Critical Pedagogy and Ancient Rhetoric to Teach Comics as Multimodality.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Boston, MA. April 2012.

“Comics as Scholarship: Towards Using Comics as a Multimodal Method to Empower Research.” Midwest Conference on Literature, Language, and Media. Dekalb, IL. March 2012.

“Critical Comics: Fusing Critical Pedagogy and Ancient Rhetoric to Teach Comics as Multimodality.” Southwest Texas PCA Conference.Albuquerque, NM. February 2012.

“Laughing With Scholarship Not At It: Could Comics Become Peer-review Scholarship?” Popular Culture Association/American CultureAssociation National Conference. San Antonio, TX. April 2011.

“McCloud, Gonick, and Plato? Creating Comics-based Scholarly Work.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. St. Louis, MO. April 2010.

“Crossing the Academic and Entertainment Divide: Creating New Borders with Scholarly Comics.” Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric. Anchorage, AK. February 2010.

“Words Are The Ultimate Abstraction: Towards Using Scott McCloud for Teaching Visual Rhetoric.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. New Orleans, LA. April 2008.

“Film Play: How YouTube Went from Jester to Monarch.” Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association Southwest Texas Conference.Albuquerque, NM. February 2008.


Graduate College Teaching Excellence Award. Iowa State University. Summer 2012

Freda Huncke Endowment Graduate Teaching Fellowship. Iowa State University. Fall 2009.



Secretary, Phorum Student Club. Iowa State University: 2012 – 2013.

Constitution Writing Committee, Phorum Student Club. Iowa State University: 2012.

Undergraduate Major Mentor, Utah State University, 2007–2008.



Head Music Critic. KURE 88.5 Ames Alternative. Ames, IA. Fall 2011–Present

Copyeditor. Watkins Printing. Logan, Utah. 2005-present.

Technical Writer/Spanish Translator. Watkins Printing. Logan, Utah. 2005-2007

“Beneath the Bleachers.” Third Place in Scribendi, ed. Anne Shifrer, Logan: Utah State University Press, 2008.

“Viscous Air.” Second Place in Scribendi, ed. Anne Shifrer, Logan: Utah State University Press, 2007.