Gale, Nathan A
Assistant Professor - English Literature
CB 402E
Last Updated: 10/24/18 -


Ph.D., The University of Texas at Arlington, December 2013.
Dissertation: “The Found Object(s) of Rhetoric”
Director: Dr. Timothy Richardson
M.A., The University of Northern Iowa, December 2005.
Extended Research Paper: “H.P. Lovecraft as Detective: Discovering Fear and the Fantastic.”
Director: Dr. Richard Utz
B.A., Texas State University, Cum Laude – San Marcos, December 2003.

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, Utah Valley University (August 2015 – present)
  • Academic Advisor II, University of Texas at Arlington (October 2014 – June 2015)
  • Instructor of English, University of Texas at Arlington (January 2014 – May 2015)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Arlington (September 2007-December 2013).
  • Assistant Director of eCreate Lab, University of Texas at Arlington (2008 –2009).
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Northern Iowa (September 2004 – May 2005).

Courses Taught at UVU

  • English 3010: Rhetorical Theory

    • This course navigates rhetorical theory, beginning with Classical rhetoric and moving through the Modern/Postmodern and Contemporary rhetorics. Along the way, we will trace how rhetoric shapes our understanding of the world and our (in)ability to use language to navigate our communities and environments. In other words, we will read about and learn rhetorical theories not only for the purpose of being knowledgeable of our rhetorical tradition, but also so that we can apply these theories to real life. After all, we’re not just students; we’re writers, business professionals, sisters, brothers, parents, and much, much more. All of our projects will allow you to use rhetorical principles to address, analyze, and more deeply understand your role in our diverse world.
  • English 3070: Public Rhetorics

    • This course investigates the structure and nature of rhetorical identities and arguments in public discourse. It introduces genres of public discourse (e.g., political, government, scholarly, activist, religious, and others) to examine their rhetorical construction and circulation to mass audiences. This class is designed to explore and critique theories of democratic deliberation, looking specifically at texts in media, such as advertisements, blogs, film, social networking venues, television, and websites through specific theories of public rhetoric. Finally, this course will examine argument regarding the complex nature of public ethos through readings, discussions, analysis, research, and production of public rhetorics through a variety of media and methods.
  • English 3090: Academic Writing for English Majors

    • This course emphasizes analysis, rhetorical theories of writing, development, style, oral presentations, adn primary and secondary research techniques. English 3090 prepares students to extend their abilities with researched writing in other upper-division courses and teaches students advanced scholarly attitudes toward researched writing.
  • English 401R: Posthuman Rhetoric

    • This course explores current work in posthumanist studies in rhetoric. It reviews both classical and contemporary theories that construct alternative views of rhetorical agency and rhetorical situation, including works in technology, animal studies, and object-oriented rhetorics. Finally, this course analyzes how nonhuman agents might possibly work in rhetorical situations typically thought of as guided by human subjects.
  • English 2010: Intermediate Writing for Humanities and Social Sciences

    • This course emphasizes the production of well-reasoned and carefully researched written arguments that embody the spirit of inquiry, explore and interrogate multiple perspectives, and negotiate meanings across a diverse array of positions. Course work includes a research project (broken up into three papers and an annotated bibliography), in-class writings, and collaboration.
  • English 1010: Introduction to Writing

    • This course teaches rhetorical knowledge and skills, focusing on critical reading, writing, and thinking. English 1010 emphasizes writing as a process through multiple drafts and revisions. The course may include major essay assignments, writing and collaboration, research writing, journals, and portfolios.

 Selected Honors

  • Post Comprehensive Fellowship, 2012-2013, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Summer 2012 University of Texas at Arlington
  • The O'Neill Award for Teaching Excellence, 2012, University of Texas at Arlington
  • The O'Neill Award for Academic Excellence, 2011, University of Texas at Arlington


  • “What are Humans For?: Technology and the Problems of Dramatism” Kenneth Burk + The Posthuman, co-authored with Dr. Timothy Richardson, Ed. Nathaniel Rivers, Chris Mays, and Kellie Sharp (October 2017).
  • “Investigation into Optimum Training Delivery Methods for Adult Learning,” NASA/UTA DED/COLA, co-author with Dr. Peggy Kulesz (Summer 2015).
  • “Bridge Ont(e)cology.” O-Zone: A Journal of Object-Oriented Studies, (Spring 2014).

 Academic Conference Presentations

  • "Academic Freedom and the Wild West of Online Learning" Council of Writing Program Administrators, Sacramento, CA, July 2018.
  • "Just Write Something: Capitalism, Audience, and the Moment of Anxiety in Invention" 18th Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 2018.
  • "Rhetorical Theory as a Side of Fries: The Difficulties and Value in Teaching Theoria, Poiesis, and Praxis in a Writing Studies Program” Association of Rhetoric and Writing Studies Conference, El Paso, TX, October 2017.
  • "Turn Off the T.V.: Moving from Distance Education to Online Learning." Council of Writing Program Administrators, Raleigh, NC, July 2016.
  • "Wearable Rhetoric: A Proposal for Technolistic Screens." 17th Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference, Atlanta, GA, May 2016.
  • "Non-Symbolic Action: Dunamis and the Materiality of Rhetoric." 16th Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference, San Antonio, TX, May 2014
  • "Material Metaphors." North Texas Graduate English Conference, University of Texas at Arlington, TX, April 2013.
  • "Between Steel and Stone: Object-Oriented Rhetoric and Identification." 15th Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference, Philadelphia, PA, May 2012
  • "The Rhetoric of Amish Forgiveness." 14th Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 2010.
  • "Haven’t I Heard that Before: Déjà vu and Kairos." Federation Rhetoric Symposium, Commerce, TX, Feb. 2009.
  • "Allowing the Animal to See the Open: Horror Films and the Uncanny Primate." 29th Annual Southwest / Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Conference, Albuquerque, NM, Feb. 2008.