Contact & Location


Department of English

Physical Address:
Brink Hall 200
(208) 885-6156 phone
(208) 885-5944 fax

Mailing Address:
English Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho

Jodie Nicotra

Jodie Nicotra

Office: Brink Hall #202
Email: jnicotra@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: English Department - University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of English
Associate Professor

Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
With UI Since 2005

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Rhetoric and Composition (with emphasis on rhetorical theory, especially material and digital rhetorics)
  • Biography

    A native of Pittsburgh, Dr. Nicotra earned a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Penn State in 2005. Most recently, she has written a textbook for first-year composition called Becoming Rhetorical: A Toolbox for Analyzing and Creating Written, Visual, and Multimodal Compositions (Cengage, 2016); her newest project is a book titled The Microbial Imaginary: Rhetorics of Tiny Lives. She recently directed the Composition Program, and teaches courses in writing and rhetorical theory.

  • Selected Publications
    • “Assemblage Rhetorics: Creating New Frameworks for Rhetorical Action.” Rhetoric, through Everyday Things . Eds. Scot Barnet and Casey Boyle. University of Alabama Press. (Forthcoming 2015).
    • "The Urban Food Database and the Pedagogy of Attunement." Pre/Text 21.1-4 (2013), 97-117.
    • "Notes from the Abyss: Variations on a (Mystical) Theme in Burke's Work." In Burke in the Archives. Eds. Jessica Enoch and Dana Anderson. University of South Carolina Press, 2013.
    • “Rushing the Cure: Temporal Rhetorics in Global Warming Discourse.” (co-written with Judith Totman Parrish) JAC 30.1-2 (2010), 215-237.
    • “Dancing Attitudes in Wartime: Kenneth Burke and General Semantics.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 39:4 (2009), 331-52.
    • "'Folksonomy' and the Restructuring of Writing Space." College Composition and Communication 61:1 (2009): 233-250.
  • Outreach Projects
    • Jodie gives workshops and presentations on writing in the workplace, incorporating writing in undergraduate courses, teaching writing to graduate students, and science in the media.