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Lauer, Janice M.



  • Existence: 1932 - April 7, 2021

Biographical Information

Janice Lauer was a professor in the English Department at Purdue University from 1980 to 2003. She founded the Rhetoric and Composition program at Purdue in 1979-1980 when the discipline was in its infancy. She is also credited as a founder in the rhetoric and composition field. Starting in the 1960s, Lauer helped run an international summer rhetoric seminar for 13 years as the field of rhetoric developed as a discipline. Lauer retired from Purdue as a distinguished professor. She is married to John Rice.

During her teaching and scholarly career, Lauer directed the Cranbrook Writers Conference, directed and taught in Purdue’s Rhetoric and Composition Program for 23 years, and directed 57 dissertations. She wrote numerous books and essays and lectured extensively about the writing process.

Lauer served as Coordinator of the Consortium of Rhetoric and Composition Doctoral Programs, as Executive Committee member of the National Council of Teachers of English, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Rhetoric Society of America.

A Distinguished Professor, Lauer received awards including an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas; the College Composition and Communication Conference’s Exemplar Award; Purdue’s School of Liberal Arts’ Excellence in Education Award; a Hopwood Award at the University of Michigan, and the Rhetoric Society of America’s Distinguished Service Award.


Janice Lauer Rice. Purdue University College of Liberal Arts Family of Sites.


Janice M. Lauer Rice Obituary. Lafayette Journal & Courier. Accessed August 27, 2021.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Janice M. Lauer papers

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20150911
Dates: circa 1967 - 2000s