J. Kastely, Director of The Program in Creative Writing, received his PhD from the committee on the Analysis of Ideas and Study of Methods at the University of Chicago. He is a nationally recognized expert in the hisotry and theory of rhetoric. His essays have appeared in PMLA, Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Mosaic, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Style, College English, Philosophy and Literature, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Rhetorica, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Twentieth Century Literature, and Essays in Theatre. Before joining the faculty at the University of Houston, he taught at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, where he won a Regents Medal for his teaching. At the University of Houston, he was named Graduate Student Teacher of the Year in 1999, and he won 2002 Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Kastely was recently appointed Chairmen of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and currently resides in Montrose with his spouse, Lynn Voskuil (Associate Professor, Dept of English), their two Catahoula dogs, their cat, and Sweet Pea, the Worlds Greatest Beagle.
Rethinking the Rhetorical Tradition: From Plato to Postmodernism (Yale University Press)