Eleanor Lou Carrithers Chair of Writing and Composition
Office: WC 214
Phone: (405) 208-5330
Honors Composition I & II, Visual Rhetoric and Information Design, Writing for Business and Technology, Digital Storytelling.
Teaching and Research Interests:
Dr. Hessler's background is in the field of rhetoric, which basically means she studies the art and practice of strategic communication. She is interested in the ways words and symbols bring people together or keep them apart. For example, each fall, she and her Honors Composition students work with the curators of the Oklahoma City National Memorial to study how that site communicates values, history, and memories to many thousands of visitors every year. Her students draw upon their research to develop digital museum exhibits and other materials that help the Memorial educate the public, and help the public interact with the museum in meaningful ways. Most of her classes involve applied rhetoric projects that challenge students to deepen and broaden their knowledge by collaborating with people and organizations outside the campus.
Co-editor of A Guide to Composition Pedagogies , 2nd ed.; Honors program faculty; OCU SERVES instructor; faculty liaison to the Harry Potter Alliance.