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Khaleel Abusal (LIT)

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Chad Abushanab is a PhD student in the English program with specializations in creative writing (poetry), poetic form, and Modern American poetry. He has published poems, essays, and reviews with The Raintown Review, Bayou Magazine, Resources for American Literary Scholarship, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. He received honorable mention for a 2011 Academy of American Poets prize, and a fellowship to study at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queens University Belfast, in Northern Ireland. He is currently an associate editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.

 

Timihelin Alake (LIT)

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Kristine Acosta | PhD student (TCR)
kristine.acosta@ttu.edu
kristinef.acosta@gmail.com

MA in Applied Learning and Instruction from The University of Central Florida
BA in English from Florida International University

Research interests: Community literacy; community engagement; visual literacy; intercultural communication in online environments; writing program administration.

 

Jelilat Adeysian (TCR)

 

Tatianna Aker (TCR)

 

 Casey Akins (TCR)

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Sumaia Aldubaikhi is currently a third year Ph.D. student specialized in linguistics. Her research interests include: sociolinguistics, language contact, bilingualism, language ideology, language and social media, language attitudes, and pidgin and creole languages. Driven by her passion for the interaction between language and culture, she presented a talk at the Linguistic Society of America 2017 annual meeting about an emerging pidgin in Saudi Arabia and her investigation about young females' attitudes toward it. In her future research, she is planning to enrich the field by conducting researches about this pidgin. She is a member of Linguistic Society of America, Modern Language Association, Arabic Linguistic Society, and Society of Pidgin and Creole Languages.

 

Heather Annis (TCR)

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Sarah Austin | PhD student (TCR)
sarah.e.austin@ttu.edu

MEd | Salisbury University
MA | Colorado State University | Rhetoric and Composition

Research interests: Critical composition theory and activism in the first-year composition (FYC) classroom; technology and the re-envisioning of composition pedagogy and FYC programs; media studies as they pertain to visual and feminist rhetorics; whiteness studies and technology; engagement of non-traditional students through technical communication; gender rhetorics pertaining to technology and new media; neuroscience's rhetorical reinforcement of gender norms; issues of access related to knowledge, technology; science studies; gender and the military.

Publications:
Austin, Sarah E. "When Sex Doesn't Sell: Using a Qualitative Analysis of a Feminist Magazine to Teach the Rhetorical Situation." Feminist Teacher 24.1-2: (2014). Print.
Austin, Sarah E. "The Implications of the 'New' Majority of Non-Tenurable Faculty for First Year Composition Curricula and Critical Pedagogy." ProQuest, 2014. Web.

 

Akshata Balghere (TCR)

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Jeanna Balreira | MATC (TCR)
jeanna.balreira@ttu.edu
jeanna.balreira@gmail.com

BA | Trinity University | English, German

Research Interests: programming as a second language, programming languages as diagrammed with subjects, predicates, adjectives, adverbs, objects, and clauses. the gap between human and computer communication, engagement with "PSL" courses and course content

 

Emily Barrows (LIT)

 

Deronda Baughman (TCR)

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Erica Ellingson Baumle | PhD student (TCR)
erica.baumle@ttu.edu

BA | Texas Lutheran University | English
MA | Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi | English

Research interests: digital rhetoric; user-created technical communication; digital literacy; service-learning pedagogy

Presentations:
Into the Corpus: Text Mining Instructor Commentary presented at C&W 2014

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Maryn Belling | PhD student (TCR)

maryn.b.belling@ttu.edu

MA |Northern Arizona University | English

MA| Northern Arizona University | Administration, health care emphasis

Research interests: Rural Healthcare, Women's Experiences in the Workplace, Teen Pregnancy, Health Disparities, Mental Health, Reproductive Health (preventative, contraceptive, wellness), Religious Influence on Sexual Health/Satisfaction/Beliefs, Sex Ed/Abstinence Only Education, Fear as an Extrinsic Motivator for Abstinence, Cultural Constructs of a Woman's Worth, Indigenous Peoples' Enculturation About Gender & Reproduction

 

Susanna Bender (LIT)

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Brandy Bippes | PhD (TCR)
brandy.bippes@ttu.edu

MA | Eastern Washington University | English: Technical Communication & Rhetoric, TESL
BA | Eastern Washington University | Technical Communication
BA | Eastern Washington University | Anthropology (linguistic)
minors: linguistics, visual communication design, TESOL

Research interests: intercultural issues in technical communication and rhetoric, pedagogy, program development

Brandy is a PhD student in Technical Communication & Rhetoric with a specialization in second language and composition pedagogy. She brings several years of entrepreneurship combined with international work and study to the field. Her most recent work studies mechanisms that bring international students to U.S. universities. Brandy's passion lies in the interdisciplinary unification of seemingly disparate studies.
CV: http://brandybippes.com

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Andrew Blick | PhD student (TCR)
andrew.blick@ttu.edu

BA | Western Washington University | Linguistics; Spanish Language and Literature
MEd | Western Washington University | Continuing and College (Adult) Education
Certificates | Western Washington University | TESOL; Bilingual Education

Andrew Blick is a PhD student in the Technical Communication and Rhetoric program. He is currently the Lead Instructional Designer for Extended Education at Western Washington University, where he oversees the Tech Services Group, directs Western's Summer Session, collaborates with faculty in developing online and blended programs, and manages the Western Employee Language Program.

 

Joshua Blount (TCR)

 

Faith Boren (LIT)

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Jessie Borgman | PHD TCR

Jessie Borgman is a PhD student in Technical Communication and Rhetoric. She has a B.A. from Indiana University and an M.A. from Western Michigan University. She is the co-creator of The Online Writing Instruction Community (www.owicommunity.org), a website dedicated to collecting and sharing online writing instruction resources. Her research interests include online writing instruction, course design, genre studies, two-year colleges and Writing Program Administration. Publications and conference presentations can be found on her website (www.jessieborgman.com).

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Nikki Borrenpohl | PhD (TCR)

BA | Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

MA | Clemson University

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Margaret Emma Brandl is a PhD student in English specializing in creative writing (fiction) with a focus on contemporary prose, hybrid forms, and translation. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Hobart, Cartridge Lit, and Paragraphiti, among others.

She is currently an associate editor for Iron Horse Literary Review and a TEACH Program fellow. You can view her website here.

 

Katir Britton (TCR)

 

Delphine Broccard (TCR)

 

Christin Brodie (TCR)

 

Chloe Brooke (LIT)

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Michael Brooks (TCR)

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William Brown (LIT)

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Jennifer Buentello (LIT)

 

Rose Cahalan (TCR)

 

Eric Camarillo (TCR)

 

Lauren Cargill (LIT)

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Nick Carrington | PhD student (TCR)

nicholas.a.carrington@ttu.edu

BA | Cedarville University | Technical and Professional Communication
MA | Missouri State University | Writing

Research interests: Technical communication pedagogy, web content development, editing

Presentations:
Presented a workshop entitled "Preparing Students to Learn Technology Throughout Their Careers" at the 10th Annual Society for Technical Communication Workshop for Teachers of Technical Writing at Missouri State on March 28, 2013
Presented a workshop entitled "Finding the Right Job: Why You Have More Options Than You Think" at the 12th Annual Society for Technical Communication Regional Student Conference at Missouri State University on March 29, 2013.
Presented "Reflecting on the Tools of Technical Communication" at CPTSC 2013

 

Shannon Elaine Cearley (LIT)

 

Tanya Cerovski (TCR)

 

Joey Chavez (LIT)

Chen Chen

Chen Chen is a PhD student in English specializing in creative writing (poetry) with a focus on contemporary political poetry, Asian American and queer poetics, humor, and the elegy. He is the author of two chapbooks and a full-length poetry collection, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and will be published in spring 2017 by BOA Editions, Ltd. His work appears in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. He has received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, and the Saltonstall Foundation. He is the recipient of a 2016 Warren S. Walker Award for best critical writing in a graduate course in English and has presented his scholarly work at the Futures of American Studies at Dartmouth College. At TTU, he teaches introduction to creative writing and serves as a Managing Editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.

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Dakota Chisum (LIT)

 

Anastasia Coles (LIT)

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Charlotte Colon-Velez (LIT)

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Shayla Corprew | PhD (TCR)

shayla.corprew@ttu.edu

BA | Virginia Tech | English (Professional Writing concentration)
BA | Virginia Tech | Interdisciplinary Studies (Africana Studies)

Research interests: visual rhetoric, document design, ethics, information management and security, graphic design

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Michelle Cowan | MATC

michelle.cowan@ttu.edu
http://themichellecowan.com
BA | Texas Tech University | Spanish and English

Research interests: writing assessment, neuroscience and writing, technical communication in the workplace, usability, invention and creativity

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Bailey Cundiff | MATC (TCR)
bailey.cundiff@ttu.edu

BA | Texas A&M | Rhetoric

Research interests: usability/user experience, research methods/methodologies, technical editing, content management

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Mark Davis (TCR)

 

Laura Janene Davison (TCR)

Mary DeNora

Mary DeNora | PhD (TCR)
mary.denora@ttu.edu

BA | University of California at Berkeley | Rhetoric
MA | San Diego State University | Rhetoric and Writing
EdD candidate| Bethel University, Minneapolis/St. Paul | Higher Education Leadership & Administration

Research interests:
Audience research and analysis, intercultural communication and cultural intelligence, user experience research methods and design, programmatic innovation and assessment, and STEM rhetorics

Publications:
Rhetoric of Progressive Revelation - Master's Project, San Diego State University, May 2007

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Nancy Dinan | PhD

 

Alexa Dodd (LIT)

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Joseph Dornich | PhD (LIT)

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Ashley Hardage Edlin | PhD student (TCR)
ashley.edlin@ttu.edu

BA | Wayland Baptist University | English and Business Administration
MA | Wayland Baptist University | English

Research interests: Rhetorical analysis, archival and historical research, and feminist rhetorics

Presentations:
Women and Wartime: Women's Ways of Making During WWII. Presented at Feminisms and Rhetorics conference in Tempe, AZ, 2015.

Composition and service learning: Using reflections to incorporate experiential and practical knowing into a first-year writing course. Presented at South Central Writing Center Association conference, 2014.

 

 Wesley English

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Jasmine V. Bailey Epstein | PhD

jasmine.epstein@ttu.edu

AB | Colgate University

MFA | University of Virginia

Research interests: Latin American literature, environmental writing, 20th century American poetry, Modernism

Jasmine's first collection of poetry, Alexandria, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2014 and won the Central New York Book Award. Her forthcoming collection, Disappeared, will be published by Carnegie Mellon in fall 2017. She has served as the Olive O'Connor fellow in creative writing at Colgate University, a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Argentina, and her chapbook, Sleep and What Precedes It, won the 2009 Longleaf Press Chapbook Prize. She has been the poetry editor of Meridian, and a reader and book reviewer for Carolina Quarterly, 32 Poems, Virginia Quarterly Review and currently for Iron Horse. Her poems have appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Cimarron, Midwest Quarterly and 12 Women: an anthology of poems, published by Carnegie Mellon.

 

Kim Fain (TCR)

 

Patricia Fausset (TCR)

 

Jen Fierke (TCR)

 

Michelle Flahive (TCR)

 

Ruth Emily Flores (TCR)

 

Zak Forkner (PhD, LIT)

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 Marlene Galvan (TCR)

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Julie Gerdes | Ph.D. (TCR)

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Taryn Gilbert Howard| PhD (LIT)
taryn.gilbert@ttu.edu

BA | University of Kansas | English Literature and Creative Writing
MA |Wichita State University | English Literature

Research Interests: Mid nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature; women's literature; realism; modernism; multiethnic literature

Selected Teaching Awards:
TEACH Program Fellow. Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center. Texas Tech University, 2016-2017.

Best Classroom Instructor at PhD Level. English Department. Texas Tech University, 2016.

Selected Presentations:
“Bessie Smith and Nina Simone's Revolutionary Blues: Female Voices, Female Power within African American Political Movements” Conference of College Teachers of English, Hurst, TX. 2017.

“The Children Used Her Up: The Rejection of Motherhood in Nella Larsen's Quicksand and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God” PCA/ACA National Conference, Seattle, WA. 2016.

“Performing Stereotypical Migration in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior and China Men” Comparative Literature Symposium, Lubbock, TX. 2015.

 

Meghan Giles (LIT)

 

Kim Goode (TCR)

 

Julie Grisham (TCR)

 

Dustan Hahnel (LIT)

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Alison C. Haley | MATC

alison.haley@ttu.edu
BA | University of Texas at San Antonio

Research interests: technical and professional writing

 

Jacob Hall (LIT)

 

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Leslie Hankey | PhD (TCR)
MSIDC | Southern Polytechnic State University
BBA | University of Georgia

Research interests: technical communication, information design, user experience, and visual rhetoric

 

 

Kathleen Hardesty (TCR)

 

 

Alex Hawkins (LIT)

Leah Heilig

Leah Heilig | PhD student (TCR)
leah.heilig@ttu.edu

BA | St. Cloud State University | English, literature emphasis
MA | St. Cloud State University | English, rhetoric and writing emphasis

Research interests: Community writing, data visualization, civic engagement, document design, and web accessibility

Presentations:
A New Essay: Hashtag Campaigns as Community Writing. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX 2016.

Discovering Your Inner Starbucks: Personality Quizzes as Cultural and Digital Literacy in FYC. Computers and Writing annual conference, University of Wisconsin--Stout, 2015. With Joshua Chase.

 

Zachary Hernandez (LIT)

 

Kristen Holcomb (TCR)

 

Andrew Hollinger (TCR)

 

Mary Holm (LIT)

 

Gregg Howard (LIT)

 

Austen Hubbard

 

Angie Hunter (LIT)

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Katherine Jackson (LIT)

Kylie Jacobsen

Kylie Jacobsen | PhD student (TCR)
kylie.jacobsen@ttu.edu

BA | Southwest Minnesota State University | Professional Writing and Communication
MA | Iowa State University | Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication

Research Interests: visual rhetoric, data visualization, technical communication, usability, graphic design, risk communication

 

Megan Jenkins (TCR)

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Erin Jerison | MATC (TCR)

erin.jerison@ttu.edu

BA | Purdue University |English - Professional Writing

Research interests: Editing, accessibility, disability, visual rhetoric, new media, user-centered design, document design, information design, social media

 

Angela Johnson (TCR)

 

Melissa Johnson (LIT)

 

Wesley Jones (LIT)

 

Elizabeth Kafka (TCR)

 

Danielle Karr (TCR)

 

Lisa Kassem (TCR)

Mark L. Keats

Mark L. Keats | PhD student (CW)
mark.keats@ttu.edu

AA | Howard Community College | English
BA | University of Maryland, College Park | Japanese Language and Literature and Minor in Asian American Studies
MFA | University of Maryland, College Park | Creative Writing

Research interests: History of the Novel and Narrative Theory, Contemporary Magical Realism and Domestic Fabulism, Translation Theory and Praxis, Fiction and Nonfiction Writing and Craft.

Selected Publications:
Fiction: "Adoptee Fragment #5" in Pithead Chapel; "Male Advice" in The Boiler; "The Precarious Particulars of a Lost and Found Teddy Bear" in Foundling Review; and "Lessons from Oregon" in Smokelong Quarterly.

Nonfiction: "The Diving Women" in Waxwing; "Meditations and Fragments: An Enchiridion for Reflecting on Death" in Eastern Iowa Review; and "Where Are You From, Where Are You Going?: An Exploration of International Adoption as Resettlement" in The Offing.

Presentations:
"To Grade or Not to Grade: Assessment and Undergraduate Creative Writing" Association of Writers and Writing Programs. Washington D.C. February 2017

"Bridging the 'Gap' in Prose Translations: How to Fail Better" Comparative Literature Symposium. Lubbock, Texas. April 2016

"Resettling Third Body and Resettling First World Mind" Southwest Conference on Asian Studies. Fort Worth, Texas. November 2015

Courses Taught:
ENGL-2305 Introduction to Poetry
ENGL-2307 Introduction to Fiction
ENGL-2308 Introduction to Nonfiction
ENGL-2351 Introduction to Creative Writing

 

John King (LIT)

 

Maeve Kirk (LIT)

 

Wilson Knight (TCR)

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Abby Koenig | PhD student (TCR)

abigail.koenig@ttu.edu
http://www.abbyk.info/

BFA | SUNY, Purchase | Dramatic Writing
MA | UH | Mass Communication

Research interests: Media and culture, online rhetorical discourse and generational behavior, feminism

Publications: "Spaghetti Code," full-length play presented in Houston, TX

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Jack T. Labriola | PhD student (TCR)
jack.labriola@ttu.edu

BA | SUNY at Cortland | English and Professional Writing
MATC | Texas Tech University | Technical Communication

Research interests: User experience design (UX), content strategy, information design, networked learning, online collaboration technologies

Publications:
Labriola, J.T., McCarthy, M., Obi, C. (2014). An Exploratory Look at Online Instruction Delivery Across Electronic Devices. Proceedings of the 32nd ACM International Conference on Design of Communication.

Labriola, J. (2014). Review: Cross-cultural technology design: Creating culture-sensitive technology for local users. In Communication Design Quarterly. 

Presentations:
Labriola, J. (2014). Fostering Startups through Content Strategy. Council for Programs in Scientific and Technical Communication Conference. Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Labriola, J., McCarthy, M., Obi, C. (2014). An Exploratory Look at Online Instruction Delivery Across Electronic Devices. 32nd ACM International Conference on Design of Communication. Colorado Springs, Colorado.

CCCC. (2013). Network knowledge making. Undergraduate poster session.

CCCC. (2014). From student to professional: Role-playing writers and professional gamers.Presentation session.

 

Alfonsina Lago (LIT)

 

Brian Larsen is a PhD student in the English Program with specializations in Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction. He holds an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama from University College Dublin, where he wrote a thesis on Post-colonial silence in Seamus Deane's novel Reading in the Dark; he also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington and has lived in the Ivory Coast, Taiwan, Ireland, Benin, and Italy. His poems have been published in North American Review and The Found Poetry Review.

He was a finalist for the 2013 Morton Marr Poetry Prize. Currently, he is researching the original production and reception or W. B. Yeats' poetry for British and American markets. He has over six years of teaching experience at both community colleges and universities.

 

 

 Jesse Lawhead (LIT)

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Apryl Lewis | PhD

BA | Texas Tech University | English

MA | Texas A&M University-Commerce | English

Research interests: 19th, 20th, and 21st-Century American Literature, African-American Literature, Trauma Studies, Psychoanalysis, Critical Race Theory

Presentations:

"Shattering Stereotypes, Adapting to Change: Roddy Doyle's The Deportees and Other Stories." South Central MLA Convention. Dallas, TX. November 2016.

"An Antidote to Trauma: The Slave Narratives of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs." Texas Tech Comparative Literature Symposium. Lubbock, TX. April 2016.

 

Kristina Lewis (LIT)

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Lance Lomax | MA

lance.lomax@ttu.edu

Research Interests: Transpacific Studies, Film & Media Studies, Comparative Literature

Presentations:

"The Other Side of Progress: Neglected Figures in Ozu's Tokyo Story." Texas Tech Comparative Literature Symposium. Lubbock, TX. April 2018.

"Stepping Out: Women, the Home, and a Changing Indian Identity in Tagore's The Home and the World and Ghosh's The Shadow Lines." Texas Tech Comparative Literature Symposium. Lubbock, TX. April 2017.

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Dina López | MATC (TCR)
dina.lopez@ttu.edu | dinalopezwrites.wordpress.com

BA| Texas Tech University, Spanish and French

Research Interests: Composition Pedagogy, Web Design, and History of Education for Hispanics in Texas.

Presentations: Texas Folklore Society and East Texas Historical Association - Family Trees, History, and Stories

 

Cathy Mahaffey (TCR)

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Rick Mangum | PhD (TCR)
rmangum@ttu.edu

BA | Brigham Young University | English

MA | Northern Arizona University | English Literature | Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing

Research interests: visual rhetoric, usability testing, pedagogy, and the study of metaphor.

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Kerry Manzo | PhD (LIT)

Kerry Manzo (pronouns: they/them/their) is a fifth-year doctoral student at Texas Tech University Department of English in Lubbock, Texas. Their areas of interest include West African literature, South Asian literature, queer theory and literature, and social justice issues in literature. They are currently working on their dissertation, which examines the impact of counterpublics, or social imaginaries constituted by shared attention to texts and discourses, on the emergence and production of African literature, with a specific focus on Nigeria. Specifically, it considers the material influence of the Mbari movement—a 1960s transnational counterpublic that promoted and connected artists and writers of the Black Atlantic—on trends in African publishing. The project also considers the afterlife of Mbari in Nigerian queer counterpublics and argues that the discourses of these counterpublics must be understood in their relation to both indigenous sexual traditions and the implanted heterosexual public. Kerry's paper, "Making the Invisible Visible: The Consequences of Privilege Salience in Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children" is published at the South Asian Review. In the summer of 2014, Kerry was honored to be a participant in Dartmouth College's “Futures of American Studies Institute.” They are also a recipient of the William Bryan Gates Graduate Award in English, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society since January 2015.

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Sarah Martin | PhD student (TCR)

BA (with distinction) | University of Virginia | Sociology
MBA | Naval Postgraduate School

Research interests: visual rhetoric, business communication, cross-cultural communication, persuasion

Publications:
Martin, S. and King, C. (2010) "Ethos and Leader Communication: Examining Responses to a Policy Change Memo," Proceedings from the 75th Annual Convention. The Association for Business Communication.

Presentations:
Martin, S. (2012) "Visual Rhetoric of Recruiting Campaigns: Comparing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps." The Association for Business Communication, 77th Annual Convention.
King, C. and Martin, S. (2012) "Strategic Communication: Research and Practice." The Association for Business Communication, 77th Annual Convention.

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Jamie May | PhD (TCR)

BA | Southeastern Louisiana University | English
MA | Southeastern Louisiana University | English/Professional Writing

Research interests: composition pedagogy, entertainment media, document design, workplace writing pedagogy

Michael McCarthy

Michael J. McCarthy | PhD (TCR)
michael.j.mccarthy@ttu.edu

BA | Louisiana State University | English Literature
MATC | Texas Tech University | Technical Communication

Research interests: metaphor analysis, public science communication, rhetoric of science, NASA, space exploration 

Presentations:
SIGDOC 2014 - Presenter on User Experience Project
CCCC - 2014 User Experience Poster Session

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Angela McCauley | PhD student (TCR)

angela.mccauley@ttu.edu

MA in Public Policy and Management | University of Texas at Brownsville
BA in Communication from The University of Texas Pan American

Research interests: technical communication, organizational communication and community development; particularly, grant writing narrative, organizational identity and communication, social justice in technical communication, and scholarship activism

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Sheri McClure-Baker | PhD student (TCR)

BA | English
MA | Literature
Advanced certificate of study, Composition

Research interests: race studies, online teaching, rhetoric of conflict and disaster

Presentations:
The Modern Day Dirge: Using Narrative to Reclaim Racialized Space in the Classroom - presented at WPA 2010
Geographies of Race: Rethinking Race and Space in the Composition Classroom - presented at CCCCs 2010
Race and Literacy in the Virtual Classroom, presented at PCA/ACA 2013

 

Brook McClurg (LIT)

 

Bethany McKinney (LIT)

 

Jennifer Mclaughlin (TCR)

 

Angelia Megahan (LIT)

 

Mitchell Milam (LIT)

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Alexis Milmine is a Ph.D. student in the English program with specializations in Victorian literature, medieval and renaissance studies, and book history/digital humanities. She has been published in The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolutions of a Legend (Farleigh Dickinson) and presented at the Southwest PCA/ACA and Northeast Texas Regional Phi Alpha Theta conferences.

 

Kourtney Moore (TCR)

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Maureen Morasch |PhD (TCR)

maureen.morasch@ttu.edu

BA | Washington State University-Vancouver, English

BA | Washington State University-Vancouver, Humanities

MLIS | University of Washington, Library & Information Science 

Research interests: Dissertation writing, doctoral student writing preparation, power balance in students-advisor relationships, writer identity

Publications:

Embedded reference: Providing research guidance within the education courseroom. (2013). Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 7, 297-312. DOI: 10.1080/1533290X.2013.783524

If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere: Providing reference
and instructional library services in the virtual environment. (2012). Co-authored with Elizabeth Leonard. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 24, 257-267. DOI: 10.1080/1941126X.2012.731946

Presentations:

Point-of-Need Resources in the LMS: Providing Performance Support to Thousands of Online Graduate Students. Co-presented with Kimberly Read at the Association of College and Research Libraries 2015 Conference, March 26, 2015, Portland, OR.

Luke Morgan

Luke Morgan | PhD Student

luke.morgan@ttu.edu

BA | Abilene Christian University | English, History

MA | Texas Tech University | English

Research interests: ecocriticism, environmental justice, literature of the American West, speculative fiction, dystopia and utopia, environmental documentary and narrative film

Publications:

"The Wild in Our "Own Backyard": Urban Homesteading as Theoretical Middle Ground," Kudzu House Quarterly 4.2, (September 2014), Florida State University Press.

Review of Beyond the Fruited Plain, by Kathryn Cornell Dolan, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 22.3 (August 2015), Oxford University Press.

Selected Presentations:

"(Place) and Indigeneity in Contested Urban Spaces: Exploring Kennedy's The Garden", South Central Modern Language Association, November 2016.

"Urban Farmers and Rural Values: Profaning Agrarian Cultures in Food Criticism", Western Literature Association National Conference, September 2016.

"City Green and a Fractious Imaginary: Accounting for Place in Sustainable Ideology", Modern Language Association National Conference, January 2016.

"Understanding Cli-Fi's Hesitance to Hope: Natural Relationship and Ecological Ideology in Bacigalupi's The Water Knife," Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference, February 2016.

"Growing Together: A Case Study in Challenges of Diversity and Ethics in NFP Urban Agriculture," Moral Cultures of Food: Access, Consumption and Production from Past to Present at the University of North Texas, April 2015.

 

 Kirsten Morris (TCR)

 

Kali Morrison (TCR)

 

Michael Morrissey (TCR)

 

Ahmed Muhammad (LIT)

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Nancy Muncie | PhD student (TCR)

nancy.l.muncie@ttu.edu

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Kenna Neitch | PhD student (CLGT)

BA | English Literature and Philosophy (Texas Lutheran University)
MA | English (Texas Tech University)

Research Interests: Gender and intersectionality, feminist comparativism, new media, literature of the Middle Americas

Selected Presentations:
“Challenging Patriarchal Eurocentrism, Invoking Indigenous Agency: Dismantling the Rhetoric of Anti-colonial Resistance.” National Women's Studies Association Conference. November 2016.

“The Challenges and Potential of Cross-Disciplinary Translation.” TTU's 48th Annual Comparative Literature Symposium. April 2016.

“Putting the ‘Class' in ‘America's Classical Music': Pandora, Objectivity, and Representations of Jazz.” American Culture Association and Popular Culture Association Conference. March 2016.

“Displacing Our Fear of Small Numbers: The Significance of Appadurai in Dystopian Fiction.” OSU's “Violent Bodies” Graduate Student Conference. October 2015.

With Tim Sanchez, Tiffiny Sia, and Andrew Serafino. “Sometimes Girls Don't Want Fun: Sex and Race on Chatroulette.” Southwestern Psychological Association Conference. April 2014.

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Duc Nguyen | PhD student (TCR)

BA | English Language
BS | Information Technology
MBA | Business Management

Research Interests: Some interdisciplinary areas between TC/rhetoric and other disciplines, e.g., usability testing, localization and translation (esp. machine translation), and argumentation studies.

 

Jennifer Nichols (TCR)

 

Morgan Noble (LIT)

 

Kevin O'Donovan (LIT)

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Victoria O'Hara | MA Student (TCR

 

Clair Oldham | MA Student (TCR

claire.oldham@ttu.edu

BA | Texas Tech University

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Fer O'Neil | PhD Student (TCR)

fer.oneil@ttu.edu

BA | University of Maine at Farmington |English

MA | Minnesota State University, Mankato | Technical Communication and Rhetoric

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/feroneil

Professional: Knowledgebase Technical Writer III at ESET, security software

Research interests: User-centered design, ethics, technical communication, information and document design, technology, usability, information security and communication

Publications:

O'Neil, Fer. 2016. "Scrambling to Communicative: Privacy Policy Content for Safe Harbor and Privacy Shield." CyberTech.

O'Neil, Fer. 2015. Ethics Case Study: Special Edition on Ethics in Technical Communications, STC Intercom (Fall).

O'Neil, Fer. 2015. Target Data Breach: Applying User-Centered Design Principles to Data Breach Notifications. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual International Conference on Documentation. ACM, New York, NY, USA.

O'Neil, Fer. 2015. Perceptions of Content Authoring Methodologies in Technical Communication: The Perceived Benefits of Single Sourcing. Professional Communication Conference (IPCC), 2015 IEEE International.

O'Neil, Fer. 2015. "Say What? Required contents of notice in data breach notifications." We Live Security.

O'Neil, Fer. 2011. "The Technical Writer's Influence on Social Media Strategy." Techniques (Spring): 8-9.

Selected Presentations:

STC San Diego, 2016. San Diego. "Content Analysis for Technical Communicators."

Tcworld tekom 2015, Stuttgart, Germany. "A Second Chance for a Good First Impression: How Technical Writers Can Use Overlay Help Wizards for Documentation."

IEEE Procomm 2015, University of Limerick, Ireland: "Perceptions of Content Authoring Methodologies in Technical Communication: The Perceived Benefits of Single Sourcing."

ACM Sigdoc 2015, University of Limerick, Ireland: "Target Data Breach: Applying User-Centered Design Principles to Data Breach Notifications."

Techsmith interview, 2014, online: Making support videos and differences from instructional videos.

STC Live Webinar 2012: Using YouTube Videos to Enhance "Traditional" Documentation.

STC Summit, 2012, Chicago: Using Videos to Enhance "Traditional" Documentation.

Lavacon Conference on Content Strategy and TechComm Management, 2012, Portland: Using Internal Resources to Coordinate a Multi-Language Information Management System.

Writers User Assistance, 2012, Memphis: Creating Flash Rollover Images with Captivate and Snagit.

STC Summit, 2011, Sacramento: Beyond the Bleeding Edge - The Technical Writer's Influence on Social Media Strategy. 

SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference, 2011, New Mexico: Is Technical Communications Rhetorical? Ought It Be?

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Michael Opsteegh | PhD Student (TCR)

BA | California State University, Long Beach | English

MA | California State University, Long Beach | English, Rhetoric, and Composition

Research interests: ethics, user experience, visual rhetoric, risk communication

Michael has been a technical writer in the software and financial service industries since 2004. He is currently a senior technical writer for Eyefinity, which supports eyecare professionals with industry-leading software and services, and he is a lecturer in the professional writing program at California State University, Long Beach. Michael specializes in user guides, regulatory guidance, knowledge management, policies, procedures, and illustrations, and he adds value through research, insight, and enthusiasm. He is among the first in the profession to be designated as a Certified Technical Professional Communicator (CPTC).

Michael has published articles in Intercom magazine and presented at several STC Summits.

 

Shelby Oubre (LIT)

 

Jaime Patterson (LIT)

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Laura Patterson | PhD student (TCR)

laura.patterson@ttu.edu

BA | University of Saskatchewan | English
MA | University of Saskatchewan | Interdisciplinary Studies - Rhetoric, Popular Media, & Culture

Research interests: Technical communication pedagogy; service learning in technical communication; engineering education and technical communication

Presentations:
(2014). Community engagement in a first-year engineering communication course: Increasing student numbers from handfuls to hundreds. Paper presented at the 121st American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Indianapolis, IN.

 

 

O.W. Petcoff (LIT)

 

Kim Phillips (TCR)

 

Bhawana Pillai (LIT)

 

Manny Pina (TCR)

 

Bradley Plummer (TCR)

 

Trisha Pokrass (TCR)

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Jennifer Popa | PhD (LIT)

 

Cynthia Pope (TCR)

 

Samodh Porawagamage (LIT)

 

Matthew Porto (LIT)

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Hugh Pressley | PhD (TCR)

M.Ed. | College of Charleston | Languages
B.A. | Charleston Southern University | English Education
B.A. | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Romance Languages

Hugh Pressley is a 1st-year PhD student in TCR. He is a middle school ESOL teacher for St. Louis Public Schools, and a former submariner and nuclear power instructor for the US Navy. His research interests include information design, visual literacy, and intercultural issues in technical communication.

 

Thomas Scott Randall (TCR)

 

Catherine Ragsdale (LIT)

 

Georgianna Ravenna (LIT)

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Rachel Rayl | MATC (TCR)

BS | New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology | Technical Communication

Research Interests:
data visualization, STEM communication, science writing

Publications:
Rayl, R. (2015). Implications of Desnoyers' taxonomy for standardization of data visualization: A study of students' choice and knowledge. Technical Communication, 62(3). 193-208.

Duráo, R., Wei T., Henneke K., Balch K.M., Hill M., & Rayl R. (2014, July 8-12). Visualizing the data visualization network: The dvmap project. European Scientific Journal, 1, 232-241. doi: 10.13140/2.1.1427.3929

Presentations:
Presented "Technical Communication Client Projects and Non-Profit Partnerships: Programmatic Research, Student Voices, and Future Directions" at the 2015 Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication in Logan, Utah. Co-presented with Elisabeth Kramer-Simpson, Steve Simpson, and Abigail Smoake).

 

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Eric Melvin Reed | PhD (TCR)

eric.reed@ttu.edu

M.S., Political Science, University of Nebraska at Omaha
M.A., English, University of Nebraska at Kearney
M.A., History, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Research interests: rhetoric of History and social sciences

Publications (selected):
Adventures in the West: Stories for Young Readers. (Co-Editor). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.
From the Beginning: A Century of Excellence at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. (Co-Author). Kearney: University of Nebraska at Kearney Press, 2005.
"The Old Man and the Prairie: Definitions of Masculinity in Willa Cather's 'Neighbour Rosicky' and Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea." Teaching Cather, 9(2), 2013: 16-21.

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Daniel Riechers | PhD (TCR)

 

Marcus Roberts (LIT)

 

David Robledo (TCR)

 

 David Ryan (TCR)

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Bernadette V. Russo (LIT)

 

Sara Ryan (LIT)

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Katie Sanchez (TCR)

 

Janie Santoy (TCR)

 

David Scott (TCR)

 

Taryn Seidler (TCR)

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Meghan Self| PhD (LIT)

 

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Mark Shealy | PhD student (TCR)

mark.shealy@ttu.edu

MS | University of North Texas | Information Science
MA | University of Mississippi | English

Research interests: Online education, online writing instruction, pedagogy, writing program administration, phenomenology and materiality, gender and feminism, philosophy of technology, history of computer technology, course management system design, database design

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Kate Simonian (LIT)

 

Seirra Sinor (TCR)

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Macy Skipworth | PhD (LIT)

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Jessica Smith | PhD (LIT)

 

 

Terry Smith (TCR)

 

Brandi Smith-Irving (TCR)

 

Cecilia Solis-Sublette (TCR)

 

Sarah Sprouse is a PhD student in the English program with a specialization in early medieval literature with focused interests in representations of marginalized peoples, miracles, and human interactions with the natural world.

She will be giving a paper on representations of the barnacle goose in twelfth century literature at the University of Maryland conference 'Knowing Nature' in October 2014, and has previously presented on topics such as ecclesiastical power structures and moments of wonder in the works of Gerald of Wales, gender transgressions in the lais of Marie de France, and the discordant binary of nature and industry in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. She has published in "Mallorn," a Tolkien studies journal and studied in Ireland with a grant from NUI-Galway.

Her teaching interests include early medieval literature, Tolkien studies, and Arthurian studies. She is a member of MLA, the Medieval Academy of America, the Tolkien Society, and MEARCSTAPA. Additionally, Sarah is an assistant to the editor of the peer-reviewed Anglo-Saxon studies journal "Heroic Age."

 

Briana Stewart (LIT)

 

 James Stewart (TCR)

 

Andrea Stone (TCR)

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Erica M. Stone | PhD (TCR) has research interests in the flow of information in a globalized technoculture, social media's role in identity development, and public intellectuals' role in history and popular culture. In 2016, Erica gave a TEDx talk urging academics to engage with the public and publish in accessible places. In 2017, she served on the CCCC 2017 Planning Committee for the Writing Program Administrators Graduate Organization. She teaches speech and composition courses at the University of Missouri Kansas City and online composition classes for Georgia Military College.

 

Will Streit (TCR)

 

Melissa Taylor (TCR)

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Robby Taylor is a PhD student in English specializing in creative writing.

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Elizabeth Thorpe | MATC (TCR)

elizabeth.thorpe@ttu.edu

BA | Northern Arizona University | English

BA | Northern Arizona University | Philosophy

 

Katie Tighe (TCR)

 

Jeremy Tow (TCR) 

 

Rebecca Trammell (LIT)

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Charity Tran | PhD student (TCR)

 

Kyle Traylor| PhD (LIT) 

 

Michael Trice (TCR)

 

Steven T. Tucker (LIT)

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Jessica Ulmer | PhD (TCR)

jessica.ulmer@ttu.edu

BA | Westfield State University | English Education
MEd | Elms College | English Education
MA | Rhode Island College | English Composition and Rhetoric

Research Interests: transfer of writing-related knowledge, disciplinary literacies & pedagogies; first-year composition as writing studies, children's and adolescent literatures, literacy and motivation, and developing digital literacy in writing courses.

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Sarah Banschbach Valles is a PhD student in the English program studying the convergence of Early Modern literature with science as well as Victorian visual culture. Her research interests include Pre-Raphaelite art and literature, Westerns, Science Fiction, and she has interests in writing centers and their administration.

Publications and conference presentations involve topics such as Sci-fi Westerns, opera, online education, Writing Centers, Victorian art and poetry, and Metaphysical poetry.

 

Peter Vertacnik (LIT)

 

Tanner Walsh| MATC

tanner.walsh@ttu.edu
MA in Philosophy from TTU
BA in Philosophy from Minnesota State University, Mankato

Research interests: rhetorical theory/argumentation, user-centered design, ethics, composition, and technical communication pedagogy

 

Theresa Walsh (TCR)

 

Valerie Wayson (LIT)

 

Jessica Weber (TCR)

 

Kirsten West (TCR)

 

Douglas Westfall (LIT)

 

Mary Ann Widerburg | PhD

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Darin Williams| PHD (TCR)

darin.williams@ttu.edu
BA/Morehouse College/Mathematics
MA/UC Berkeley/Education

Darin has been an educator for more than 10 years. However, his day job is consulting in environmental, health and safety management. Most of his clients operate in the energy sector and rely on his leadership to develop documents to meet industry standards. Darin collaborates with technical writers, content experts and educators to implement sustainable programs. His research interests include risk communication, climate change policy, corporate training, machine learning and productivity software.

 

Fred Winchester (LIT)

 

Yifan Zhang (LIT)

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