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Graduate Students




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.

Michelle Bangson

Michelle Bangson | MATC (TCR)

BA | Auburn University | English

Research interests: Visual Rhetoric, New Media, and User-Centered Design

Aubrey Banning

Aubrey Banning | MATC (TCR)

BA | Saginaw Valley State University | Professional and Technical Writing

Research Interests: technical writing and communication, editing, usability studies, accessibility studies

The Doctor as a Philosopher King: A Study of the Epistemology of Doctor Who. Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Conference, San Diego, CA. November 2011.


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Erica Ellingson Baumle | PhD student (TCR)

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

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

Andrea Beaudin

Andrea L. Beaudin | PhD candidate (TCR)

BA | Albertus Magnus College | English
MA | Southern Connecticut State University | British Literature

Research interests: Digital media, visual rhetoric, multimodal feedback, usability, new media, composition and rhetoric, technical communication

#4C13: Tweeting the C's (Kairos CCCC Reviews)
Coordinating Editor, Kairos CCCC Reviews

The writing studio: Participatory design for the composing community.
Presented at CCCC, 2014.


Brandy Bippes | PhD (TCR)


Erin Bistline | PhD


Robin Blanchard | PhD

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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.


Connor Campbell |MA


Rebecca Campbell | MA 


Chen Chen | PhD


Keela Cooper | MA

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Shayla Corprew | MATC (TCR)


Joshua Cowan | PhD

Bailey Cundiff

Bailey Cundiff | MATC (TCR)

BA | Texas A&M | English (Rhetoric emphasis)

research interests: writer-editor relationship; revision and editing pedagogy; tech comm for nonprofits



Chanakya Das |MATC TCR

My LinkedIn profile: https://in.linkedin.com/in/chanakyadas

BSc | Bangalore University, India | Microbiology
MSc | Bangalore University, India | Microbiology
Fundamental Certification Program in Technical Writing | The Writers Block, India

Research Interests: Digital media, visual rhetoric, usability, user-centered design analysis, technical communication

I am an analytical and detail-oriented Technical Writer with 6 years of core-software based user documentation experience in presenting technical details into comprehensible and re-usable user-specific content. As a graduate student in the MATC program at TTU, I am looking forward to have a mutually rewarding experience as a returning student to graduate school with more than 8 years of industry experience and maturing as a superior technical communicator in the process.


Rachel DeLeon | MA

Mary DeNora

Mary DeNora | PhD (TCR)

BA | University of California at Berkeley | Rhetoric
MA | San Diego State University | Rhetoric and Writing
PhD | Bethel University | Education (forthcoming, 2016)

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


Nancy Dinan | PhD


Joseph Dornich | PhD

ashley edlin

Ashley Hardage Edlin | PhD student (TCR)

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

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

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.


Jill Elberson | MA

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Tim Elliott | PhD candidate (TCR)

BA | Saint Louis University | English
MA | Iowa State University | Literature

President, Texas Tech chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC)

Research interests: visual rhetoric, public policy, urbanism, cultural rhetorics, comic books

Sexy art, speculative commerce: The X-Men #1 launch extravaganza. in D. Darowski (ed.), The Ages of X-men: Essays on the Children of the Atom in Changing TImes. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press.

Data collection as storycrafting: Lessons from a troubled case of urban planning. Presented at ATTW conference, 2014, with Kristen Moore.

Using Instructables to create authentic audience-centered instruction sets. Presented at CCCC, 2014, with Angela Shaffer.

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Jasmine V. Bailey Epstein | PhD


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.


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Jonelle Frazier | MA


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Ashley Mag Gabbert teaches creative writing and literature at Texas Tech University, where she is completing her PhD in creative writing. Mag also holds an MFA in poetry writing from The University of California at Riverside as well as a BA in English, with minors in creative writing and music, from Trinity University, where she graduated magna cum laude with honors in English. Her essays and poems have been published or are forthcoming in journals including 32 Poems, The Rattling Wall, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, LIT Magazine, Sugar House Review, and Sonora Review, among other venues. Mag currently serves as an associate editor for Iron Horse Literary Review. For more information, please visit maggabbert.com.


Taryn Gilbert is a PhD student in the English program, specializing in American Literature. Her research interests center on American studies, with a focus on late-nineteenth- and twentieth century American literature and culture. Within the field, she is particularly interested in race, ethnicity, and gender studies.

Justin Hall

Justin Hall | MATC (TCR)

BA | Angelo State University | English

research interests: multimodal pedagogy, ,multimodal composition, new media composition philosophy of technology, usability, data visualization, document design, visual rhetoric, visual thinking, drawing to learn, graphic novels in the, classroom

"The History and Mediatization of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales in American
Culture." Crius Undergraduate Research Journal. 2014.

"Integrating Writing Center Tutors into Developmental Writing Labs." South Central Writing Centers Association, Austin, TX: February 2015.

"The History and Mediatization of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales in American
Culture." Poster presentation, ASU Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2014.

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Dina Salah Hassan | PhD candidate | (Linguistics)


Research Interests: Cross-cultural pragmatics, translation studies, contact literature, Anglo-Arab and Arab American fiction, studies of bilingualism and applied linguistics


Fulbright Fellowship at Boston University, 2009-2010.

First Prize for best panel presentation at TTU Arts and Sciences Research Conference, October 2015.

Benjamin Rude, named for English majors with academic achievement, creativity and ability to influence others.


"New Techniques in Representations of Religion in Anglo Arab Fiction," Accepted for presentation at the NEMLA Annual Conference, Baltimore, 2017.

'"History in Samia Serageldine's The Cairo House," Accepted for presentation at the Arab American Studies Association Conference, Michigan, 2017.

"Re-translation in Leila Aboulela's The Translator," 48th Annual Comparative Literature Symposium, Department of English, Texas Tech University, 2015.

"Anglo-Arab Fiction and Ahdaf Soueif's Linguistic Strategies," TTU Arts and Sciences Annual Conference, October 2015.

"Dennys Johnson Davies's Linguistic Choices in the Translations of Naguib Mahfouz's Novels," 38th School of Languages Annual Conference, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, 2008.


Board Member, ICC (International Cultural Center) Leadership Program.

Leah Heilig

Leah Heilig | PhD student (TCR)

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

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.


Kylie Jaconsen

Kylie Jacobsen | PhD student (TCR)

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


Nidhi Kaith | PhD student


Mark L. Keats is a PhD student in the English Department with specializations in Creative Writing and Twentieth Century American Literature. His writing has appeared in or forthcoming from The Foundling Review, Clockhouse, Smokelong Quarterly, The Citron Review, and others.

He is interested in the novel and the novel form as well as adoption studies. Currently, he is a member of both the MLA and NCTE.

Jack Labriola

Jack T. Labriola | PhD student (TCR)

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

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. 

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.


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.

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Mike Lemon | PhD (LSJE)


BA | Brigham Young University | English

MA |University of Texas, San Antonio | English | Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing

Research interests: fin-de-siècle American literature, ecocriticism, nature writing, digital humanities (application and pedagogy)


"Ecological Martyrs: Ecocritical Considerations Beside Spiritual Mestizaje in Ana Castillo's So Far From God." Critical Insights: Southwestern Literature, edited by William Brannon, Salem Press, 2016, pp.126-42.

Review for Steven J. Mexal's Reading for Liberalism: The Overland Monthly and the Writing of the Modern American West. Paper for the Bibliographic Society of Canada, vo. 52, no. 2, 2014, pp. 477-79.

Selected Presentations:

"Across Borders and Genres: Mary Austin's Cactus Thorn as a Transregional Text" Western Literature Association's 50th Annual Conference. Reno, NV. October 2015.

"An Appeal for American Naturalism in Ecocritical Studies" South Central Modern Language Association's 71st Annual Conference. Austin, TX. October 2014.


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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


"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.


Dina Lopez | CTTC (TCR)

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Travis Mabry | MATC (TCR)

BBA | Texas Tech University | Marketing

MATC | Texas Tech University | Technical Communication

Research interests: User experience design (UX), content strategy, information design

Joya Mannan

Joya Mannan | PhD student (LIT)

BA | Texas A&M University
MA | Texas Tech University

Research Interests: Digital humanities, book history, reception studies, film studies, postcolonial theory, Shakespeare studies, letterpress

Selected Presentations:
"Macmillan’s English Classics: The SparkNotes of British Imperialism." The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP). Montreal, Canada. July 2015.

"Building and Sharing: The Development of the Victorian Miscellany Project." South Central MLA Convention. Austin, TX. October 2014.

"Express Postage for 'Falcons' and 'Pecans'." Digital Frontiers Conference. University of North Texas, Denton, TX. September 2014.

"Civilization in the Dream World: Northrop Frye’s Green World Theory in James Cameron’s Avatar." Annual Comparative Literature Symposium. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. April 2011.

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Kerry Manzo | PhD student

Michael McCarthy

Michael J. McCarthy | PhD student (TCR)

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

Research interests: Web 2.0, collaborative learning spaces, alternative rhetorics

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


Bethany McKinney

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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.

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Maureen Morasch |PhD (TCR)


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


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


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.


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Clint Morrison | MA




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.


Kevin O'Donovan is an MA student and GPTI in the English program with an emphasis in Creative Writing, specifically Narrative Non-Fiction. He is currently working on a series of personal non-fiction essays that highlight the different aspects of suburban life, investigating experiences that range from early childhood to adolescence and young adulthood. After earning his MA, he hopes to become a teacher of English and/or Creative Writing at the high school level, while writing on the side.


Victoria O'Hara | MATC (TCR)



Josh Osbourn is a first-year MA student, specializing in Film Studies. His research interests include genre studies in horror films and the western, as well as the aesthetics of foreign cinema.


Trevor Pace | MA


McKenzie Peck | MA


Jennifer Popa | PhD


Katrina Prow | PhD


Iracema Quintero | MA


Rachel Rayl | MATC (TCR)

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

Research Interests:
data visualization, STEM communication, science writing

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

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).



Amelia Reyes | MA


Dominic Russ

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Bernadette V. Russo



Meghan Self| PhD


Angela Shaffer

Angela Shaffer| PhD candidate (TCR)

BA | Angelo State University | English & Psychology
MA | Angelo State University | English, border & environmental narratives focus

Research interests: Disability rhetorics and studies, issues of power and justice, food justice & waste, environmental concerns & policies, freeganism, feminism, socialism, garden-ism, kitties, kids, coffee

(2010). Contributor and Editor for English 1302 at Angelo State University: A rhetorical guide for the student-researcher. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

(2009). Review: To Everything on Earth.Concho River Review 24(1).

Everything we know about editing: A review of contemporary research studies in technical editing. (October 2012). Presented by A. Shaffer, T. Elliott, B. Strubberg, A. Cope, S. Robblee, & J. Freytag, STC Technical Editing Virtual Conference.

Using Instructables & WikiHow to create authentic audience-centered instruction sets (March, 2014). Presented by A. Shaffer & T. Elliott, Conference for College Composition & Communication, Indianapolis, IN.


Jacob Shores-Areguello

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Kate Simonian


Macy Skipworth | PhD


Jessica Smith | PhD



Allison Spikes-Gilbert is an MA student in the English department with a specialization in linguistics.


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."


Matthew Stigler | MA


Kazutaka Sugiyama


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


Kyle Traylor| PhD



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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.


Sarah Viren is a Ph.D. student in the English Department with a specialization in creative writing with a focus on creative nonfiction and a secondary specialization of comparative literature with a focus on literary translation. Her essay "My Murderer's Futon" was selected by Lee Martin for The Pinch magazine's 2014 Nonfiction Prize and will be published in Spring 2015.

Her creative work has also appeared or is forthcoming from the Colorado Review, the Massachusetts Review, Kenyon Review Online, Fourth Genre, Diagram, and others. Sarah received an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in literature and gender studies from New College of Florida. Her dissertation is a collection of essays examining cultural myths of motherhood and murder. Her second dissertation is a translation of the novel Cielos de Córdoba by the Argentine writer Federico Falco. She is managing editor for Autumn Hill Books, a translation Press.

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Ian Weaver| PhD candidate (TCR)


Mary White | MA


Mary Ann Widerburg | PhD


Darin Williams | PHD (TCR)

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.


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David Young| PhD student (TCR)

BS | Missouri University of Science and Technology |Chemical Engineering
MS | Missouri University of Science and Technology |Technical Communication

Research interests: Rhetoric of Science and Engineering, Cultural Rhetorics (East Asian, African-American)

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