Christopher J. Syrnyk earned his B.A. and first M.A. from the University of Oregon, in Russian, and his second M.A., in English, from Virginia Tech. He earned his Ph.D. in English: Composition and Rhetoric, and a Ph.D. Minor in Cultural Studies and Literary Theory, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Syrnyk is a native Oregonian and glad to be back in his favorite state.
Dr. Syrnyk enjoys teaching foundational writing courses in the Communication Department, as well as select courses in the Communication Studies major. Syrnyk is the Director of the Oregon Tech Honors Program: if you are interested in the Honors Program, email him!
Dr. Syrnyk currently serves as Chair of the Oregon Writing and English Advisory Committee (OWEAC): a statewide organization that focuses on writing pedagogy and policy in the state of Oregon.
On campus, Dr. Syrnyk also takes great pleasure serving as the program advisor for Oregon Tech Broadcasting—watch The Parliament, Mondays, at 5p.m.!
This year, Dr. Syrnyk began teaching for Oregon Tech Online, which he has found to be a great experience: “I enjoy the online teaching environment—the students are diverse, intelligent, and very thoughtful."
His research interests include writing program administration, first-year composition, and the rhetoric of science and medicine. He is also interested in rights-based argumentation, recognition theory, the animal question, and the intersection of ethics and rhetoric.
Most recently, he and Shaundrea Hirengen published a blog post:
"Two More Cultures: Or, Fostering A Writing Culture At A Stem University." Another Word. The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 12 September 2016. Web.
Dr. Syrnyk teaches WRI 121, WRI 122, COM 216, SPE 111, COM 246, COM 407 (“Communicating Science”), as well as various courses and seminars for the Honors Program.