Libraries, Archives, Labs, Studios, Centers

Adobe All Clemson faculty and students have free access to Adobe's Creative Cloud License. In addition, Clemson is collaborating with Adobe on various projects, and there may be future internship opportunities for RCID students.

There is the Pearce Center for Professional Communication, with studios for research. The Center houses the Communication Across the Curriculum program. There is the Serious Games Lab The Game Lounge -- which is an outgrowth of the RCID Serious Games Colloquium. There is the Art Mac Lab as well as art studios. Various game platforms and activities make it possible for RCID students to work on game-related projects, research, and integrate games in their teaching (gaming-across-the-curriculum).

There are Smart Rooms to teach in E.g, the Brown Room, or the Digital Resources Laboratory in the Library, first floor), And there are numerous Smart Classrooms for GTAs to teach in. More so, there is The Watt Family Innovative Center.

There is the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics in the Harris A Smith Building on campus For research, there is the Usability Testing Facility.

There is the Multimedia-Authoring, Teaching and Research Facility (MATRF) is for new media research, and the Usability Testing Facility is for information design research. And KDM Digital is our site for podcasting interviews and lectures. Additionally throughout the academic year, there are The Multimodal User Group Workshops in MATRF for both faculty and graduate students.

There is The Rutland Institute for Ethics.

There is The Writing Center.

There are Clemson University Libraries (including the Architecture and Arts Library) are constantly monitored and updated with recommendations from graduate faculty and students in the RCID program.

There is the Center for Electronic and Digital Publishing (CEDP); the Clemson University Digital Press (CUDP). There are the Digital Arts Production program and lab for visual rhetorics. And the Center for Visual Arts.

And there is the Brooks Center for Performing Arts, as well as the Martin Inn and Madren Conference Center.

Colloquia and Workshops

The RCID program supplements seminars, studios, and labs with a set of standing, informal faculty-student research forums and colloquia. This academic year we are offering:

  • Faculty Research Forum (Chairs, Director of RCID, the Dean of CAAH, and the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies)
  • Student-Works-In-Progress-and-Pedagogy (SWIPP) (Chairs, Students)
  • Theory-Criticism (Chair, Cameron Bushnell)
  • Games-Cinema (Chairs, Cynthia Haynes and Aga Skrodzka)

The RCID Research Forum (9-10AM) and then the Theory-Criticism Colloquium (10:30-11:30AM) meet on alternate Mondays with the Student-Works-In-Progress-and-Pedagogy (SWIPP) and the Games-Cinema Colloquium. Both the Research Forum as well as SWIPP and each of the two colloquia have as their collective primary purpose the building of scholarly communities within RCID , in the bringing together of disciplinary/ interdisciplinary departments in the college in order to create transdisciplinary communities. Additionally, the purpose is to introduce students to faculty in informal discussion groups outside of formal seminars for the sake of additional learning experiences and for selection of exam and dissertation committee members.

In practice, each colloquium meets as a reading group. Every attempt is made by the members of each colloquium to include all suggestions of articles/chapters/books as well as other media (film, video, audio, etc.) by all colleagues (both faculty and students who actively participate on a regular basis). Additionally the members

  • monitor the library holdings for needed works in all media and report them to the Director of RCID; and
  • establish special topic seminars and propose, at least, two each year—based on the general rubric of the colloquium—to the RCID Director for the AC.

The proposed seminars, ideally, are to come out of the readings and discussions. These special cognate seminars, however, will remain transdisciplinary, not exclusively disciplinary.

Occasionally, the faculty-students attend Workshops on Intellectual Property, Proposal Writing, and on Placement in the Job Market. At times, there are other special Workshops.

Study Abroad

The Office of International Affairs and RCID have a Collaborative relationship with "The Media and Communications Division" of the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Students, enrolling for seminars and workshops during a three-week period in the summer at EGS, June or August, will be able to study with major international film directors, philosophers, artists, literati/digirati, and performance artists. Interested RCID students should contact Victor Vitanza for information.

Scholarly Journal

PRE/TEXT: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory (established, 1980) is published and edited by Victor J. Vitanza, at Clemson University. Students and faculty in RCID participate in the overall production of this transdisciplinary journal.


The RCID faculty prepare students professionally in all seminars and studios. All assignments (in whatever medium) are to be produced and revised for presentations at conferences and eventually for publication. Faculty place students in research forums and on panels at such conferences as CCCC, RSA, and NCA. The RCID program with the generous help of the College financially supports students attending conferences and symposia.

Society for a Third Sophistic

As the RCID students determined, every hard-working student as well as faculty member in RCID should have a regular monthly social event to attend. Hence, the Society, or S3S, formed in 2006, meets for the most part every second-Friday at someone's house to break bread together and to enjoy each other's company. The Society also publishes a monthly newsletter.

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