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. Dr. Syrnyk is a native Oregonian and enjoys living in the high desert of the Klamath Basin.
Dr. Syrnyk enjoys teaching foundational writing courses in the Communication Department, as well as select courses in the Communication Studies and Professional Writing major. Dr. Syrnyk is the Director of the Oregon Tech Honors Program: if you are interested in the Honors Program, email him or check out the Honors Program website.
His research and scholarly interests include writing program administration, first-year composition, and the rhetoric of science and medicine. He is also interested in rights-based argumentation, how people's lives are shaped by arguments because of how they live with ideas in the world, and the intersection of ethics and rhetoric. He is currently working on an article that was accepted by the Oregon English Journal about the late Oregonian writer Brian Doyle. He is also working on article (the proposal was accepted) for a National Collegiate Honors Council monograph about the Oregon Tech Honors Program's first-year honors seminar; the monograph focuses on the role of first-year honors seminars at honors colleges and universities in the United States.
For the Communication department, Dr. Syrnyk teaches WRI 121, WRI 122, COM 216, SPE 111, COM 246, COM 407 (“Communicating Science”), and COM 424 the Capstone course.
For the Honors Program, Dr. Syrnyk teaches the Idea Seminar, the Question Seminar, and an Honors section of WRI 122. He's currently at work on the Answer Seminar.