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Faculty Profile: Dr. Beth Jorgensen

Assistant Professor , Department of Rhetoric and Professional Writing
Internship Coordinator, Professional and Technical Writing
Outreach Coordinator, Professional and Technical Writing


Contact Information

Office: 218 Zahnow Library,map of the offices here. (132kB)
Email: ejorgens @
Phone: (989)964.2297

Academic Background

Doctorate of Philosophy, 2002, Rhetoric and Professional Communication, Iowa State University
Dissertation: "Takin' It to the Streets: Culture War, Rhetorical Education, and Democratic Virtue"

Master of Arts, 1995, English, Iowa State University
Bachelor of Arts, 1992, English, Iowa State University


Professional Background

Saginaw Valley State University, 2007–present

Simpson College, 2004–2007
Assistant Professor, 2005–2007
Adjunct Professor, 2004–2005

Iowa State University, 1994–2005
Lecturer, 2001–2004
Teaching Assistant, 1994–2005


Selected Scholarly Work

“Vermicomposting with Spent Coffee Grounds.” Soil and Mulch Producer News . (with G. Roekle, C.H. Schilling, E.C. Meisel, and B. Thomas).

“Teaching and Learning Democracy in the Wake of September 11.” Education Landscapes in the 21st Century : Cross-cultural Challenges and Multi-disciplinary Perspectives . Cambridge Scholars Press. 

“Local food at imported food prices: Why vermiculture and aquaculture matter.” Biocycle . (with C.H. Schilling, E.C. Meisel, B. Thomas, D.H. Swenson and B. Millrick).


Campus and Professional Service

Green Cardinal Initiative
Gender Studies Committee
Advisor, SVSU Friends of Ishmael
RPW Exploratory Committee
English Department PR Committee
2011 Study Abroad El Salvador
SVSU Fall Adjunct Faculty Orientation presenter, “Infusing Sustainability into Your Curriculum”


Community Service

Saginaw Healthy Foods Initiative
Sanford Lake Protection


Honors and Awards

ISU Research Excellence Award (Dissertation)                                        
ISU YWCA Outstanding Woman Scholar                                         
ISU Teaching Excellence Award


Research Interests

Classical rhetoric
Environmental rhetoric
History of ideas/epistemology
Political rhetoric