Davida Charney


Department of Rhetoric and Writing

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Selected Publications:


Having Your Say: Reading and Writing Public Arguments with Chris Neuwirth, Dave Kaufer, and Cheryl Geisler (2006) Pearson/Longman link

Instructor's Manual for Having Your Say with Chris Neuwirth (2006) Pearson/Longman link

Rhetoric of the Psalms

Persuading God: Rhetorical Studies of First-Person Psalms, Sheffield-Phoenix Press, 2015.

Taking a Stance Toward God: Rhetoric in the Book of Psalms. Jewish Rhetorics , Michael Bernard-Donals and Jan Fernheimer, eds. Brandeis University Press, 2015. 1-15.. pdf

Maintaining Innocence Before a Divine Hearer: Deliberative Rhetoric in Psalm 22, Psalm 17, and Psalm 7. Biblical Interpretation 21.1 (2013): 33-63. abstract pdf

Keeping the Faithful: Persuasive Strategies in Psalms 4 and 62, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, 12.16 (2012). DOI:10.5508/jhs.2012.v12.a16. pdf

Performativity and Persuasion in the Hebrew Book of Psalms: A Rhetorical Analysis of Psalms 22 and 116, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 40.3 (2010) 247-268. abstract pdf

(This pdf is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of the Rhetoric Society of America  for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Volume 40 Issue 3, May 2010. doi:10.1080/02773941003785660)


Reading and Writing Processes

A validation study of students’ end comments: Comparing comments by students, a writing instructor, and a content instructor (2009) abstract pdf

Commenting on Writing: Typology and Perceived Helpfulness of Comments from Novice Peer Reviewers and Subject Matter Experts (2006) abstract pdf

The Effects of Culture-Specific Rhetorical Conventions on the L2 Reading Recall of Chinese Students (2002) abstract pdf

Effects of Rhetorical Strategies on Scientific Readers (1995) abstract pdf

A Study in Rhetorical Reading (1993) abstract pdf

Learning to Write in a Genre (1995) abstract pdf

Epistemological Style and Attitudes Toward Writing (1995) abstract pdf

The Impact of Hypertext on Processes of Reading and Writing (2001/1994) abstract pdf

Distributed Collaborative Writing (1994) abstract pdf

Writing Quality and Readers' Judgments of Résumés (1992) abstract pdf

The Validity of Using Holistic Scoring to Evaluate Writing (1984) abstract pdf


Rhetoric and Science

Getting to "how do you know" instead of "so what?" from "what's new?" (2015) TCQ online link

Persuasion, Audience, and Argument (2007) abstract pdf

Lone Geniuses in Popular Science: The Devaluation of Scientific Consensus (2003) abstract pdf

Moving Beyond the Moment: Reception Studies in the Rhetoric of Science (2001) abstract pdf

Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research (2002) abstract pdf

From Logocentrism To Ethocentrism: Historicizing Critiques of Writing Research (1998) abstract pdf

Empiricism is Not a Four-Letter Word (2004/1996) abstract pdf


Skill Learning and the Design of Effective Computer Manuals

Evaluating Professional Discourse: How Well Does It Work for Real Readers (2002) abstract pdf

Goal Setting and Procedure Selection in Acquiring Computer Skills (1990) abstract pdf

Studies in Elaboration in Instructional Texts (1988) abstract full-text at google books

Initial Skill Learning (1987) abstract

Designing Interactive Tutorials (1986) abstract pdf

Elaborations and Learning a Skill from an Instructional Text (1986) abstract

Redesigning and Testing a Work Order Form (1984) abstract pdf


Composition, Rhetoric, and Pedagogy

Constructing Rhetorical Education (1992) with Marie Secor abstract full-text at questia

Courses I teach:

Graduate Course Descriptions:

E387M Reading, Writing, and Arguing in Academic Disciplines

E387M Developing Relationships Among Readers, Writers and Texts

E387N Methods of Research in Rhetoric and Composition

E387M Scientific and Workplace Writing: Theory and Practice

E398T Teaching Practicum for Rhetoric and Composition 

Undergraduate Course Descriptions:

RHE 379C Learning Processes in Reading and Writing

RHE 379C Proposal WritingRHE 379C Designing and Testing Documents--In Print and On Line

RHE 379M Inventing Science in England--OXFORD PROGRAMRHE

330E Rhetoric of Popular ScienceRHE

330D Kairos and the Rhetorical Situation

RHE 309S Critical Reading and Persuasive Writing

RHE 306 Rhetoric and Composition 

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How to Reach Me:

The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Rhetoric and Writing
208 W. 21st St., Stop B5500
Austin TX 78712-1038
512-471-8746 (direct)
512-471-3370 (DRW main office)

Department of Rhetoric and Writing in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin