Susan Trollinger

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Susan Trollinger

Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty

Profile

Susan Trollinger earned her BA at the University of Wisconsin (Communication Arts) and her MA and PhD (Rhetoric and Communication) from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to teaching the first-year course in the interdisciplinary Core program, she also teaches courses in visual rhetoric and composition. She has published in the areas of classical rhetoric, feminist rhetoric, visual rhetoric and American Protestant fundamentalism and evangelicalism. Her book, Selling the Amish: The Tourism of Nostalgia (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) offers an analysis of the visual rhetoric of tourism in Amish Country in Ohio. 

Her most recent book, Righting America at the Creation Museum (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), co-authored with William Vance Trollinger, Jr. (Professor of History in the History and Religious Studies Departments at the University of Dayton) provides a close reading of the visual rhetoric, scientific and biblical argumentation, politics, and historical significance of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.

Faculty Perspective

Teaching at the University of Dayton is a great privilege. The students at UD are wonderful—they are curious, earnest, and hard working. They want to learn, and they have a strong sense of community both among themselves and with faculty. Teaching in the interdisciplinary Core program is a particular privilege as I have learned a great deal from my colleagues in philosophy, religious studies, history, and English. And I so enjoy witnessing the intellectual growth that students experience across that first year in Core. Finally, I am grateful to the University of Dayton for its support of my research. UD is a place that truly values the research that faculty do, and it works hard both to make that research possible and to recognize it.

Degrees

  • PhD University of Pittsburgh in Rhetoric and Communication
  • MA University of Pittsburgh in Rhetoric and Communication
  • BA University of Wisconsin Major: Communication Arts

Professional Activities

  • National Communication Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • Member, Ohio Speakers Bureau, Ohio Humanities Council

Research Interests

  • Rhetoric of Protestant Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism
  • Rhetoric of Young Earth Creationism
  • Visual Rhetoric
  • Visual Rhetoric of Amish Country Tourism
  • Classical Rhetoric
  • Feminist Rhetoric

Selected Publications

Righting America at the Creation Museum (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), co-authored with William Vance Trollinger, Jr. (Professor of History in the History and Religious Studies Departments at the University of Dayton) provides a close reading of the visual rhetoric, scientific and biblical argumentation, politics, and historical significance of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.

Selling the Amish: The Tourism of Nostalgia, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.

Media Expertise