Vernon Dickson

PhD, English, Arizona State University (2007)

Office: AC1 341 (BBC)

Phone: 305-919-5852


Areas of Expertise: Rhetoric and writing, Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, emulative learning, teaching methods


Professor Vernon Dickson joined Florida International University in the fall of 2007, having just completed his Ph.D. in English at Arizona State University with a dual focus in Renaissance literature and rhetorical studies. He has taught a wide range of courses on rhetorical theories and practices, from first-year writing to the graduate pedagogy course for new instructors of composition, as well as medieval and Renaissance literature courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Before joining FIU, Professor Dickson was the Writing Center Coordinator for Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus, where he also coordinated the Academic Success Workshop Series, taught for Humanities and Arts, and received the Engaged Scholar Certificate of Distinguished Service. His recent monograph explores social and rhetorical theories and practices of imitation and emulation primarily through their enactment on the English Renaissance stage and examines their cultural significance in the often touted age of imitation—several aspects of which he has presented as papers at international, national, and regional conferences. He has published articles related to Shakespeare, the Renaissance, rhetorical theory, exemplarity, and emulation in Renaissance Quarterly, Studies in English Literature, and The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America.

Courses Taught

ISS 6387: Analytical Writing and Presentation Skills