Dr. Dale Jacobs


B.A. M.A. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Nebraska) 

Contact                                Dr. Dale Jacobs

CHN Rm 2114
519 253 3000 ext. 2309

Teaching/Research Areas:

  • composition and rhetoric
  • composition pedagogies
  • literacy
  • multimodal rhetorics
  • emotion studies
  • Sophistic rhetoric
  • social justice


Dale Jacobs specializes in Composition and Rhetoric with interests in comics, composition pedagogies, literacy, and visual rhetorics. He is the author of Graphic Encounters: Comics and the Sponsorship of Multimodal Literacy(Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), the editor of The Myles Horton Reader(University of Tennessee Press, 2003), and co-editor (with Laura Micciche) of A Way to Move: Rhetorics of Emotion in Composition Studies (Boynton/Cook, 2003). His articles have appeared in journals such as English Journal, Biography, College Composition and Communication, ImageText, Studies in Comics, Journal of Teaching Writing, and Composition Studies. He also edited the Spring 2015 special issue of Composition Studies on comics, multimodality, and composition, and is the editor of Sunday with the Tigers (Black Moss Press, 2015).

“The Chance of Life: Jeff Lemire’s Essex County Trilogy, Canadian Identity, and the Mythos of Hockey.” With Greg Paziuk. Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 43.1 (2016): 75-86.

“Mutable Articulations: Disability Rhetorics and the Comics Medium.” With Jay Dolmange. Feats of Clay: Disability and Graphic Narrative. Eds. Chris Foss, Jonathan Gray, and Zach Whelan. Oxford, MS: University of Mississippi Press, 2016. 14-28.

Graphic Encounters: Comics and the Sponsorship of Multimodal Literacy. New York: Bloomsbury Academic. 2013.

“Design, Arthrology, and Transtextuality in Seagle’s and Kristiansen’s It’s a Bird.” Studies in Comics 5.2 (2014).

“’There are no rules. And here they are’: Scott McCloud’s Making Comics as a Multimodal Rhetoric.” Journal of Teaching Writing 29.1 (2014): 1-20.

“Webcomics, Multimodality, and Information Literacy.” Imagetext 7.3 (2014).

“What’s Hope Got to Do With It?: Theorizing Hope in Education.” Education as Civic Engagement: Toward a More Democratic Society. Eds. Lynn Worsham and Gary Olson. New York: Palgrave, 2012.

“Difficult Articulations: Comics Autobiography, Trauma, and Disability.” With Jay Dolmage. The Future of Text and Image: Collected Essays on Literary and Visual Conjunctures. Eds. Ofra Amihay and Lauren Walsh. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. 67-87.

Editor. Composition Studies 43.1 (Spring 2015). Special Issue on Comics, Multimodality, and Composition. Editor. Sunday with the Tigers. Black Moss Press, 2015.