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 T. M. Linda  Scholz, Ph.D.

T. M. Linda Scholz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: 2030 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-2016 (messages)
Fax: 217-581-5718
Email: tscholz@eiu.edu

T. M. Linda Scholz, Ph.D.'s Vita
Office Hours Fall 2014:
Monday and Wednesday, 12 - 1:45 pm
Friday, 12 - 12:30
and by appointment

Current Syllabi

Frequently Taught Courses

CMN 2040: Argumentation and Critical Thinking
CMN 3100: Persuasion
CMN 3200: Introduction to Rhetoric and Social Critique
CMN 3220: Communication Race and Ethnicity
CMN 3260: Communication of Class in U.S. Culture
CMN 4030: Latin/a Human Rights Discourse/s (special topics course taught in Spring of 2012)
CMN 5180: Seminar in Rhetoric


Ph.D., Communication, University of Colorado, Boulder (2007)
M.A., Speech Communication, Colorado State University (1998)
Master's Certification, Women's Studies, Colorado State University (1998)
B.A., Speech Communication, Colorado State University (1996)

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My research articulates and explores the connections between rhetorical theory, postcolonial theory, subaltern studies, feminist theory, and Latina/Chicana and Latin American Critical Communication Studies. Working from within each body of literature, I explore how Latin American subjects come to voice in testimonio texts, illustrating and building theories of rhetorical agency. I also am concerned with the ways Latin American women challenge dominant paradigms that typically erase or silence their voices. Specifically, I am interested in the ways these women represent their pueblos’ [communities’] experiences and advocate for social change and justice.

Selected Publications

(2012). "Embroidered Discourse/s Break the Silence: The CPR-Sierra of Guatemala (Re)vive Testimonio (pp. 165 - 178)." In Louise Detwiler and Janis Breckenridge (Eds.), Pushing the Boundaries of Latin American Testimony: Meta-morphoses and Migrations. USA: Palgrave Macmillan.

(2011). "Hablando Por (Nos)Otros, Speaking for Ourselves: Exploring the Possibilities of 'Speaking Por' Family and Pueblo in the Bolivian Testimonio Si Me Permiten Hablar [Let Me Speak!]' (pp. 203-222). In Michelle A. Holling and Bernadette Calafell (Eds.), Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de Una Voz? Boulder, CO: Lexington Books, a Division of Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

(2008). (Co-authored with Jennifer Emerling Bone and Cindy L. Griffin). "Beyond Traditional Conceptualizations of Rhetoric: Invitational Rhetoric and a Move Toward Civility." Western Journal of Communication 72(4): 434-462. Nominated for the B. Aubrey Fisher Award.

Selected Conference Presentations

"Bridging Postcolonial and Subaltern Studies, Latin American Studies, and Communication." Panel: Somos de Una Voz? [Are We of One Voice?]: Building Bridges Between Critical Cultural Studies and Latina/o Communication Studies. National Communication Association Convention, San Francisco, November 2010.

"Insider/Outsider Dichotomy: A Balancing Act in Feminist Communication Scholarship." Scholar's Seminar: Feminisms, Intersectionality, and Communication Studies. National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, November 2009.

"Cherrie Moraga's the Welder: Fusing and Performing My Latina-First Generation-USAmerican Feminist Voice/s." Panel: Intertextuality and Embodiment: How Creative Literature Inspires Feminist Scholarship. National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, November 2009.

"La Voz del Pueblo [The Voice of the People] in Testminio: Subaltern Agency and the Rhetorical Power of Ocupacion." Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Seattle, May 2008

"CO-MADRES, in Service of the Relatives of the Disappeared of the Salvadoran Pueblo: The Testimonio of Maria Teresa Tula Symbolically Constructs Comadrismo as an Enactment of Subaltern Rhetorical Agency." Western States Communicatioin Association Convention, Denver February 2008.


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