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Dr. Charles Swadley

Associate Professor of English and Spanish


Dr. Charles Swadley holds degrees in Spanish, ESL, and Composition-Rhetoric, a variety of fields reflecting his abiding interest in language. At OBU he divides his teaching responsibilities between two departments. He is interested in classical rhetoric and has presented conference papers on the writings of Isocrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Dr. Swadley also studies contemporary composition theory and pedagogy and enjoys teaching writing. His interests in Spanish include short fiction and poetry, as well as popular novels and Spanish-language films. He has traveled to Mexico and Argentina.


B.A., University of North Texas

M.A., University of North Texas

Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Dissertation: Remembering Memory: Reconfiguring the Fourth Canon of Classical Rhetoric

Courses Taught

ENGL 1153: English Composition: Exposition & Argument

ENGL 1163: English Composition and Classical Literature

ENGL 2703: Advanced Writing: Composition

ENGL 2743: Advanced Writing: Technical

ENGL4223, Introduction to Linguistics

ENGL 4243: Modern Grammar

SPAN 1313 / 1323: Beginning Spanish Language and Culture I / II

SPAN 2313 / 2323: Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture I / II

SPAN 2703: Spanish Conversation Skills

SPAN 2753: Spanish Reading Skills

Selected Publications

“Wisdom as Successful Living: Reviving Isocrates and the Liberal Arts Tradition”

Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, Waco TX, October 2011


“Why Johnny Can’t Remember: The ‘Literacy’ Crisis in Classical Greece and Its Significance Today”

Invited Speaker, Second Biennial Symposium of the Institute for Writing, Rhetoric and Technology

Norman OK, November 2010


“Teacher Response and Classical Rhetoric: A Remix”

Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville KY, March 2010


“Student-Teacher Conferences: A Platonic Perspective”

Federation Rhetoric Conference, Denton TX, February 2010


“Friendly Persuasion: Philia in Aristotle’s Civic Rhetoric”

Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, Waco TX, October 2007


“Aptitude and Aspiration: Isocratic Paideia and the Problem of Physis”

American Society for the History of Rhetoric, Pittsburgh PA, May 2005


“Fernández Retamar’s Cuban Caliban”

American Comparative Literature Association, State College PA, March 2005