Paul Ranieri
Paul Ranieri
Associate Professor Emeritus

Originally trained in English Education and rhetoric, Paul Ranieri currently focuses on the role of thinking, expression, and action (the classic concepts of logos and arete) in teaching, learning, and society. His areas of specialization include classical rhetoric, the history of liberal education, first-year writing, honors/composition pedagogy, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He also participates regularly in and is a strong supporter of study abroad. His current long term project is a monograph on the nature of liberal education for the 21st century.

Professional Experience

Director, Freshman Connections


Interim Associate Dean, College of Sciences and Humanities


Chairperson, Department of English


Acting Chairperson, Department of English

August-December, 2007 


Ph.D. in English Education

University of Texas-Austin, 1983

M.A.T. in English & Education

Trinity University (San Antonio, TX), 1976

B.A. in English with Secondary Teaching Certification

Xavier University (OH), 1975

Research and Publications

  • “Standing the Test of Time: Liberal Education in a Jesuit Tradition,” Traditions of Excellence: The Jesuits and Modern Rhetorical Studies, eds. Cinthia Gannett and John Brereton. Fordham University Press, 2016, pp. 263-274.
  • Research, Composition, and Argument for a Digital Age, with Katherine Greene, Mary McGinnis, Momadou Djiguimde, Laura Romano (Digital textbook for first-year writing). Vizi Learning Systems, 2015,
  • Rhetoric, Composition, and Expression for a Digital Age (Digital textbook for first-year writing). Vizi Learning Systems, 2013,
  • “Sustaining Student and Faculty Success: A Model for Student Learning and Faculty Development,” with David Concepcion and Mellisa Holtzman. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 3.1 (January 2009),