University of Minnesota
Department of Writing Studies

Department of Writing Studies

Timothy Oleksiak

Department Affiliations


Timothy Oleksiak has successfully defended his dissertation "Listening Language and Student Interaction in Online Writing Spaces" in Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota. His research is grounded in rhetorical theory and centers on the relationship between rhetorical listening, online discourse, and writing pedagogy.


  • Listening as rhetorical act
  • Composition and critical pedagogies
  • Democratic theory
  • Rhetorical theory and criticism

Educational Background

  • Ph.D: Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2009-present.
  • M.A.: English Literature, The Unviersity of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida, 2007.
  • B.S.: English, Secondary Education, Eastern Michigan University, Ypislanti, Michigan, 2004.


  • Incendiary Discourse: Reconsidering "Flaming," Authority, and Deliberative Democracy in Computer-mediated Communication: Oleksiak, Timothy, Composition Studies, 40 , 2012.
  • Review of Gunter Kress's Multimodality: A Social-semiotic Approach to Contemporary Communication: Oleksiak, Timothy, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 42 , 2012.
  • Review of Sidney I. Dobrin, J.A. Rice, and Michael Vastola's Beyond Postprocess: Oleksiak, Timothy, Composition Studies, 40 , 2012. Link


  • Department of Writing Studies Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, 2011

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to University Writing
  • Technical and Professional Writing
  • Basic Communication Skills
  • Argument and Analysis
  • Business and Professional Writing
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