Charlie Kostelnick


Office:429 Ross
527 Farm House Ln.
Ames IA
Office Hours:Thursday 12-3; and by appointment


Courses I am Teaching

Engl 302: Business Communication
Engl 314: Technical Communication
Engl 332: Visual Communication of Quantitative Information (cross-listed with Statistics)
Engl 353: World Literature: Western Foundations through Renaissance
Engl 354: World Literature: Seventeenth through Twentieth-Century
Engl 416: Graphic Communication in Business and Technical Writing
Engl 508: Writing for Academic Publication
Engl 586: Visual Rhetoric in Professional Communication


B. Arch., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A., English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Areas

Visual communication; data visualization; history of visual rhetoric in professional communication; literature and visual art.

Recent Publications

Humanizing Visual Design: The Rhetoric of Human Forms in Practical Communication. New York and London: Routledge, 2019.

“Social and Cultural Aspects of Visual Conventions in Information Design: The Rhetoric of Hierarchy.” Information Design: Research and Practice. Eds. Alison Black, Paul Luna, Ole Lund, and Sue Walker. London: Routledge, 2017. 257-73

“The Re-Emergence of Emotional Appeals in Interactive Data Visualization.” Technical Communication 63.2 (2016): 116-35.

Kimball, Miles, and Charles Kostelnick, eds. Visible Numbers: Essays on the History of Statistical Graphics. Surry, England: Ashgate Publishing, 2016.

“Mosaics, Culture, and Rhetorical Resiliency: The Convoluted Genealogy of a Data Display Genre.” Visible Numbers: Essays on the History of Statistical Graphics. Eds. Miles Kimball and Charles Kostelnick. Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishing, 2016. 177-206

Kostelnick, Charles, and John Kostelnick. “Online Visualizations of Natural Disasters and Hazards: The Rhetorical Dynamics of Charting Risk.” Science and the Internet: Communicating Knowledge in a Digital Age, ed. Alan G. Gross and Jonathan Buehl. Amityville, NY: Baywood, 2016. 157-90

“Teaching Students to Design Rhetorically: A Low-Tech Process Approach.” Designing Texts: Teaching Visual Communication. Ed. Eva R. Brumberger and Kathryn M. Northcutt. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing, 2013. 265-81

“Visualizing Technology and Practical Knowledge in the Encyclopédie ’s Plates: Rhetoric, Drawing Conventions, and Enlightenment Values.” History and Technology 28.4 (2012): 443-54

“Seeing Difference: Teaching Intercultural Communication through Visual Rhetoric.” Teaching Intercultural Rhetoric and Technical Communication: Theories, Curriculum, Pedagogies, and Practices. Ed. Barry Thatcher and Kirk St. Amant. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing, 2011. 31-48

Kostelnick, Charles, and David D. Roberts. Designing Visual Language: Strategies for Professional Communicators. 2nd ed. Boston, MA: Longman/Pearson, 2011.

“The Visual Rhetoric of Data Displays: The Conundrum of Clarity.” IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 51.1 (2008): 116-130

Current Research

Longer project on the rhetoric of human figures in practical communication.