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There is a necessary and growing preoccupation in rhetoric of science with the real-world consequences of our work and with the mediating role rhetoric should play at the nexus of science-publics-policy. Emerging from these discussions are calls by Gross, Ceccarelli, and Herndl for thoughtful and practical action. This paper builds from this preoccupation with thoughtful praxis, highlighting three funded collaborations that offer a vision for engaged, mutually beneficial, consequential collaborations in rhetoric of science. Taken together, these collaborations constitute an argument for Herndl’s “applied rhetoric of science.” They move beyond transactional models of collaboration and posit a transdisciplinary vision for rhetoric of science as an integral part of the practice of science itself.


rhetoric, rhetoric of science, collaboration, transdisciplinarity, praxis, National Science Foundation

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Copyright © 2014 Caroline Gottschalk Druschke




ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I would like to thank session organizer Jean Goodwin, respondents Leah Ceccarelli and Jamie Vernon, and ARST panel participants and audience members for their feedback on this presentation and paper. Thanks, also, to all of my collaborators and mentors along the way. Portions of this work were funded by National Science Foundation Awards #0549245, “IGERT: Ecology, Management and Restoration of Integrated Human/Natural Landscapes”; #1004057, “Infrastructure to Advance Life Sciences in the Ocean State”; #1114978, “CNH: People, Water, and Climate: Adaptation and Resilience in Agricultural Watersheds”; and #0835607, “CDI-Type II: Understanding Water-Human Dynamics with Intelligent Digital Watersheds”; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency project EPA-ORD/NHEERL-AED-2012-06, “Identify Barriers to and Opportunities for Urban Restoration Adoption”; the Clear Creek Watershed Enhancement Project; the Iowa and Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation Districts; the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (EPA 319 Program); AAUW; and the University of Illinois at Chicago. My thanks go out to all the funders. The views represented here do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the National Science Foundation.