A professor speaks to a group of students sitting in the film viewing room with black and white film on the screen over his shoulder.

Erec Smith, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. English, University of Illinois at Chicago 2003 Concentration in Language, Literacy and Rhetoric
  • M.A. English, University of Illinois, Chicago 1996-1998 Concentration in Literature
  • B.A. English, cum laude and Honors, Ursinus College 1996


  • First-Year Writing
  • Teaching and Tutoring of Writing
  • Advanced Composition
  • Rhetorical Theory

Research Interests

  • Political Rhetoric
  • Buddhist philosophy and rhetoric
  • Rhetorics of diversity
  • Composition Pedagogy
  • Discourse and Identity

Recent Publications

  • Edited collection, The Making of Barack Obama: The Politics of Persuasion: An Exploration, with Parlor Press. June, 2013.
  • “Making Room for Fat Studies in Writing Center Theory and Practice.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal. Winter 2013.
  • “The Lotus Sutra as Rhetorical Doctrine: Toward a Spiritual Paradigm Shift in Academia.” Journal of South Texas English Studies. 1.1. (2009): n. pag.
  • “Writing Under the Bodhi Tree.” Academic Exchange Quarterly 9 (2005): 16-22.