B.A., English, Wabash College
M.A., English, The University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., Rhetoric, The University of Texas at Austin
Hometown: Spencer, Indiana
Dr. Eric Dieter is the current Director for Student Engagement, Recruitment, and Outreach in the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence. Previously, he was Executive Director for the Pre-College Academic Readiness Programs (PCARP) in the DDCE’s Longhorn Center for School Partnerships. Before that he was Program Coordinator and Curriculum Developer for the Students Partnering for Undergraduate Rhetoric Success (SPURS) concurrent enrollment program.
He currently has teaching appointments in both UT’s Department of English and the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. His recent courses include E 360R: Literary Studies for High School Teachers of English, RHE 330E: Rhetoric and Politics of the 1960s, and RHE 306: Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing. His past courses include several versions of RHE 306 and RHE 309K, covering a range of topics from the Rhetoric of Adaptation to Rhetoric and Politics on the Silver Screen. He is a former Assistant Director of the Department of Rhetoric and Writing.
In addition to his experience with higher education administration, institutional assessment, and co-curricular academic student support, his research is interested in how people talk about their character in a variety of public spheres, popular, political, and pedagogical. His dissertation, Enduring Character: The Problem with Authenticity and the Persistence of Ethos looked at the tangled relationship between authenticity and ethos, or what is taken as the distinction between intrinsic and constructed character.