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Cargile-Cook, Kelli

Kelli Cargile Cook

Professor | Ph.D. Texas Tech University

Cargile Cook’s research focuses on technical communication pedagogy, online writing pedagogy, web-based training, and technical communication program development and assessment. She co-edited Online Education: Global Questions, Local Answers, which received NCTE Award for Excellence for Best Collection in Technical and Scientific Communication in 2006. Forthcoming from Baywood is a second edited collection: Online Education 2.0: Online Education 2.0: Evolving, Adapting, and Reinventing Online Technical Communication. She also revised the third edition of The Elements of Technical Writing. She is serving currently as president of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, and she served as the president of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication from 2006-2008.


Carter, Joyce Locke

Joyce Locke Carter

Associate Professor | Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin

Director of Graduate Studies in Technical Communication and Rhetoric.  Incoming chair of the CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication). As a techno-rhetorician, Dr. Carter studies the ways technology (mostly computers and software) affect, enable, and/or modify rhetorical acts. Current research has examined how rhetorical messages compete with each other; Dr. Carter's book Market Matters: Applied Rhetoric Studies and Free Market Competition contains some of these findings.


Clark, Bruce

Bruce Clarke

Paul Whitfield Horn Professor | Ph.D. SUNY Buffalo

Clarke specializes in the coevolution of literary and technoscientific developments in the 19th and 20th centuries. His most recent books are Dora Marsden and Early Modernism: Gender, Individualism, Science; Energy Forms: Allegory and Science in the Era of Classical Thermodynamics; and Posthuman Metamorphosis: Narrative and Systems. He is the co-editor of From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art, and Literature, and Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays in Second-Order Systems Theory.


Cortese, katie

Katie Cortese

Assistant Professor | Ph.D. Florida State University

Her work has earned prizes from River Styx, Silk Road, Narrative Magazine, Seven Hills Review, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Kingsbury Fellowship and a Tennessee Williams scholarship to attend the Sewanee Writer’s Conference, her stories, essays, poems, and interviews have most recently appeared in Gulf Coast, Main Street Rag, Harpur Palate, Third Coast, Carve Magazine, Willow Springs, Passages North, PANK, The Tusculum Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. She edited The Southeast Review from 2010-2013, and has also contributed to the production of Juked and Hayden’s Ferry Review.


Couch, Julie

Julie Nelson Couch

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Brown

Nelson Couch specializes in Middle English literature and the modern reception of medieval literature. She has published on Malory, miracle tales, and retellings of medieval narrative in children's literature. Two recent articles, "Misbehaving God: The Case of the Christ Child in MS Laud Misc. 108 'Infancy of Jesus Christ'," in Mindful Spirits in Late Medieval Literature: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth Kirk (Palgrave Macmillan 2006) and "The Vulnerable Hero: Havelok and the Revision of Romance (Chaucer Review, forthcoming) indicate her current interests in the Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 108 and the cultural category of childhood in Middle English narrative.


Covington, Dennis

Dennis Covington

Professor | M.F.A Iowa

Covington is author of two novels and three nonfiction books, including Salvation on Sand Mountain, a finalist for the 1995 National Book Award.  His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Esquire, Georgia Review, Redbook, the Oxford American, and other periodicals, and his work has been widely anthologized in the U.S. and translated into eight languages abroad.  His most recent book is Redneck Riviera: Armadillos, Outlaws, and the Demise of an American Dream. He has won the Rea Non-Fiction Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Ransdell, Ann Daghistany

Ann Daghistany Ransdell

Associate Professor | Ph.D. Southern California

Ransdell has published articles on myth criticism and women's studies, and co-edited a book of essays, Spatial Form in Narrative. She won the President's Excellence in Teaching Award. She teaches multi-cultural contemporary literature with emphases in madness, trauma and healing, and graduate classes in Comparative and Victorian Literature.


Desens, Marliss

Marliss Desens

Associate Professor | Ph.D. UCLA

Author of The Bed-Trick in English Renaissance Drama:  Explorations in Gender, Sexuality, and Power. She has published articles on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. She is editing The exemplary Lives and memorable Acts of nine the most worthy Women of the world, etc"  for a volume in the forthcoming edition of The Works of Thomas Heywood (Oxford University Press). She served as Director of Literary Studies 2007-2009, and she is currently serving as Interim Associate Chair of the department.


Sam Dragga

Sam Dragga

Professor | Ph.D. Ohio

Publishes books and articles on ethics in technical communication, technical editing, visual communication, international communication, and first-year composition. Dragga serves as series editor of the Allyn & Bacon Series in Technical Communication.