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Tatiana Aker | MATC (TCR)


Casey Akins | PhD student (TCR)


 Aaron Alford

Mira Allen

Mira Allen | Graduate Certificate (TCR)

BBA | Angelo State University | International Business

Research interests: Intercultural writing, editing, teaching


Bea Amaya | PhD student (TCR)


Lauri Anderson


Shon Bacon | PhD candidate (TCR)

BA | College of Notre Maryland | Communication Studies
MA | Towson University | Communication
MA | McNeese State University | English

Research interests: race, gender, and identity in digital spaces, African-American mommy bloggers.

Letter writing. (2014). In Encyclopedia of Social Networks. Sage Publications,

The creative artist as technical communicator. (2010). Intercom, July/Aug.

What are you reading that for?: The romance novel for African-American readers, (2011). Presented at the CCCC Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.
Self-editing for writers. (2009). Workshop presenter at SORMAG Online Conference
Effective documentation, write to excellence center. (2008). Presented at McNeese State University.

Elizabeth Barone

Elizabeth Barone | PhD student (TCR)

BA | University of Wisconsin, Whitewater | Music
MA | University of Wisconsin, Stout | Technical and Professional Communication

Research interests: writing pedagogy, online writing pedagogy, technology and writing, social media,


Joshua Barron | PhD student (TCR)

BBA | UT Dallas | Management Information Systems and Organizational Behavior
MBA | Texas Tech University | Business Management

Research interests: New media, persuasive language in technical documents, decision-making, usability


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.


Maryn Belling | PhD student (TCR)

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


Jeannie Bennett | PhD candidate (TCR)

Research interests: visual rhetoric, interplay of technology, culture and rhetoric, discourse analysis, rhetoric of healthcare, with a special interest in rhetoric and mental illness.

Publications: forthcoming

Presentations: forthcoming


Tyler Berringer


Andrew Berthrong


Matthew Betz | PhD student (TCR)

Research interests: typeface rhetoric, power structures, and issues of accountability in technical communication

Publications: forthcoming

Presentations: forthcoming


Erin Bistline

 kristen bivens

Kristen Bivens | PhD student (TCR)

BA | Western Illinois University | History
MA | Western Illinois University | English Language and Literature

Research interests: Healthcare communication, medical, scientific, Scandinavian, and feminist rhetorics, engineering communication, research methodologies, ethics and informed consent, and pedagogy

Sisyphus Rolls On: Reframing Women's Ways of "Making It" in Rhetoric and Composition": http://harlotofthearts.org/issues/issue_10/bivens/ (2013)

Rhetoric Society of America (San Antonio; 2014): "How do I use contextual inquiry as a feminist strategy?: agency in the discourses of health and medicine qualitative research"

Writing Research Across Borders (Paris, France; 2014): "Writing Research in Health and Medicine: Crossing Geographic and Disciplinary Borders"


Rich Brandt | PhD candidate (TCR)


Tatyana Branham


Christin Brodie | MATC (TCR)

BS | US Air Force Academy | Humanities

Research interests: Technical editing

Publications: forthcoming

Presentations: forthcoming


Bobbie Brown | PhD student (TCR)


Cris Broyles | PhD student (TCR)


Liz Burke | MATC (TCR)

 tom burns

Tom Burns | PhD student (TCR)

BS | Southern Polytechnic State University | Technical and Professional Communication
MS | Southern Polytechnic State University | Information Design and Communication

Research interests: Multimodal Discourse Analysis, Do-it-yourself media, 3D objects for technical communication, History of technical illustration

Three-Dimensional Illustration for Technical Communicators, Intercom, Jan. 2008

Presentations: forthcoming


Nick Carrington | PhD student (TCR)

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

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

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


Garth Clayton | PhD student (TCR)


Jacelin Colosky | MATC (TCR)


Joy Cooney | PhD student (TCR)

BS | Southern Utah University | Communication
MA | Northern Arizona University | English
Graduate Certificate Northern Arizona University | Professional Writing

Research interests: rhetoric of food; ethics and social justice; decolonizing and feminist methodologies; rhetorical analysis; user-centered design


Joshua Cowan

 kate crane

Kate Crane | PhD candidate (TCR)

BA | Washington State University | English
MA | Washington State University | English Composition & Rhetoric

Research interests: Usability, Rhetoric and Modality/Delivery, Writing Pedagogy

Crane, K. & Beaudin, A. (2011). The new media lab as a messy mash-up space. Intercom 58 (8): 16-18.

Crane, K., Howard, S., Finseth, C., Wery, R. (2014). "Methodologies as Message: Exploring Four Unique Approaches to Pedagogical Research and Their Application to Programmatic Change." Panel Presentation at the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication annual meeting at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Crane, K and Beaudin, A. (2013). "(Re)Emphasizing Experience: Moving Past Lore to Usability in Digital Composition Research." Paper presentation for College Composition and Communication annual conference in Las Vegas, NV. Howard, T.W.,

Crane, K,. and Johnson, A. (2012). "Eye-Tracking in Business Communication: A Sustainable Approach." Panel Presentation for the Association for Business Communication annual international conference in Honolulu, HI.

Howard, T.W., Crane, K, Smith, D., Sulak, K., Liddle, D., and Betz, M. (2012). "(Re)Shaping Research: Eye Tracking in Technical Communication. Panel presentation for the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing annual conference in St. Louis, MO.


Mark Davis | PhD student (TCR)
 debbie davy

Debbie Davy | PhD candidate (TCR)

MS | Mercer University | Technical Communication Management
Research interests: Rhetoric, Taxation Rhetoric, Professional Communication

IPCC 2014
CCCC (forthcoming, 2015)

  Chase Dearinger

Savannah Doerzbacher is an MA student in the English program with specializations in Early British Literature with a focus in Shakespearean Literature and Medieval and Renaissance Drama.

Her MA thesis will likely be on Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy and the dehumanization of the avenger. She would like to go on to teach high school or college after receiving her MA.

  Allison Donohue
  Joseph Dornich
  Neal Durbin is an MA/MS student in English and Forensic Science specializing in Forensic Linguistics. His research specializes in linguistic authorship attribution and plagiarism, as well as the language of psychopathy.

Tiffany Dvorske | PhD student (TCR)

BA | Louisiana State University
MA | Oklahoma State University | Technical Writing

Research interests: document design and visual rhetoric, TESOL, medical writing, pedagogy

'Just tell me if I'm getting my money back': Modernizing the traditional bad-news adjustment letter. SWPCA, 2014. Albuquerque, NM.

  Preston Eaton
  David A. Edgell | PhD student (TCR)
Research interests: medical rhetoric, practitioner-patient communication, medical ethics, and informed consent.
 ashley edlin

Ashley Hardage Edlin | PhD student (TCR)

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

Research interests: service learning in first-year composition, writing center theory and pedagogy, grand and proposal writing for nonprofit organizations

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.

 tim elliott

Tim Elliott | PhD candidate (TCR)

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

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. 

 Kim Elmore Kimberly Elmore is | PhD student (TCR)
Research interests: exploring connections between rhetoric, ethics, and disability studies
Amilia Evans 

Amilia Evans | MATC (TCR)
BA | Virginia Tech | English

Research interests: Rhetoric, Composition and Technology; Print Publications

Heidi Everett 

Heidi L. Everett | PhD student (TCR)
Heidi's LinkedIn Page

BA | St. Cloud State University | English, creative writing emphasis
MA | St. Cloud State University | English

Research interests: Small business technology adoption and deployment, Small business online brand credibility, Ethics in business communication, Organizational culture and communication, UX

Trade publications:
Holiday Madness: Tough Totes shoulders (un)successful startup. Intercom, September 2014.Keeping it real: Smoke-recognition chamber helps identify dangers of rapid fire progress. Minnesota Fire Chief magazine, January/February 2014.

Peer Reviewed:
Amateur hour: Credibility testing for small business websites. Technical Communication, May 2013.

An analysis of the complex ecological system and usability of select weather communications products for the National Weather Service-Lubbock. Proceedings of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (ACM SIGDOC 2013), Greenville, North Carolina, September 30, 2013. With co-authors Joy Cooney, Mark Shealy, Ian Weaver, and Elaine Wisnewski.

  Jason Farrell


Tricia Fausset | PhD student (TCR)

BA | University of California, San Diego | Chemistry
MA | California State University, Northridge | Biochemistry

Research interests: the use of visualizations to communicate science and medical information. Specifically photographs, illustrations, and storytelling used to contextualize or facilitate meaning making.

"Adventures of a Sucrose Molecule: From Sugar Beet to Sweet Treat" oral presentation at the 2014 American Chemical Society Annual Meeting (Dallas, TX).

  Jill Fennell
  Kerry Fine is a doctoral candidate participating in the Literature, Social Justice, and Environment initiative. Her areas of interest include American literature from the 19ththrough the 21st centuries, multicultural American literature, and theory. She has published and presented on American literature, film, and television on topics including ecocriticism, gender studies, border studies, and posthumanism. Her dissertation, "More Human Than Human: American Monsters," explores the flourishing and importance of monsters in contemporary American literature, film, and television. LSJE

Carly Finseth | PhD Candidate (TCR)

BS | Oregon State University | Liberal Studies
MA | Clemson University | Professional Communication

Research interests: teaching writing, gaming studies, instructional design, usability, technology and culture

"How Games Work: Exploring the Instructional Design of Diablo III." Proceedings of Meaningful Play 2014 (forthcoming).

"An Open Source Composition Space: Redefining Invention for a New Technological Age." Computers and Composition Online, Fall 2013.

"Using Games to Make Something: Of Our Students, Our Pedagogies, Our Field. A Review Essay of Gee & Hayes (2011), Squire (2011), Steinkuehler et al (2012), and Thomas & Brown (2011)." Journal of Teaching Writing, Fall 2014 (forthcoming).

"A Review of Inter/vention: Free Play in the Age of Electracy by Jan Rune Holmevik." Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 18.2.

"Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction, by Jack Hart, Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 2011. 266 pp." Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 43(1), 103-105.


"Methodologies as Message: Exploring Four Unique Approaches to Pedagogical Research and Their Application to Programmatic Change." Panel Presentation with Kate Crane, Samuel Howard, and Ronda Wery. Annual Conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication 2014, Colorado Springs, CO (September 2014).

"Facing the Interface: Evolving Practices for User-Centered Teaching and Learning." Panel Presentation with Ana Krahmer and Ronda Wery. Computers & Writing 2014 at Washington State University, Pullman, WA (June 2014).

"Choose Your Origin: A Games-Based Approach to 'Partnering' a Digital Writing Curriculum." 35th Annual Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM (February 2014).

"The Social Hierarchy of the Joomla Content Management System (CMS): What the Open Source Community Can Teach Us about Knowledge Creation, Power, and Collaboration." 2011 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Atlanta, GA (April 2011).

"The Impact of Technologies on Writing Practices and Community Collaboration." Panel Presentation with Huiling Ding. Computers & Writing 2010: "Virtual Worlds" at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (May 2010).


Jennifer Fierke | PhD student (TCR)
BA | Macalester College | English Literature and Creative Writing
MA | University of Minnesota | Liberal Studies

Research interests: posthuman rhetoric, histories of technology and medicine, embodiment, evolution

Ted Fordyce | PhD student (TCR)

Emily Fox | MATC (TCR)
emily.fox@ttu.eduBA | Texas Tech University | English

Research Interests: editing and publishing

  Rachel Furey is a PhD student in English specializing in creative writing.  She is a winner of Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize for Fiction, Crab Orchard Review’s Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award, and Yemassee’s William Richey Short Fiction Contest. Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in Hunger Mountain, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sweet, Tidal Basin Review, American Fiction, and Chautauqua.



 Jule Gerdes | PhD student (TCR)

BA | Clemson University | Writing and Publication Studies, Spanish
MA | University of South Florida | Rhetoric and Composition

Research interests: medical rhetorics, rhetoric of global health, document design

Gerdes, Julie, and Ambar Basu. "Malawi." SAGE Encyclopedia of Health Communication. 1st ed. 2014. Print and Electronic.

Gerdes, Julie, and Ambar Basu. "South Africa." SAGE Encyclopedia of Health Communication. 1st ed. 2014. Print and Electronic.

Gerdes, Julie. "Professional and Technical Communication: An Overview." A Rhetorical Approach to Workplace Writing Practices. Eds. Cassandra Branham, Meg Mandell, and Rachel Tanski. University of South Florida, 2014.

Gerdes, Julie, and Alex Watkins. "Who Has a 'Stake' in the Argument? An Introduction to Primary and Potential Stakeholders." Amendment to Rhetoric Matters, 3rd Edition. Eds. Jason Carabelli and Brogan Sullivan. New York: Bedford, 2014. "Understanding Claims." Rhetoric Matters, 3rd Edition. Eds. Jason Carabelli and Brogan Sullivan. New York: Bedford,

2013. "Visual Rhetoric and Cultural Considerations." Rhetoric Matters, 3rd Edition. Eds. Jason Carabelli and Brogan Sullivan. New York: Bedford, 2013.

"Using Digital Tools to Facilitate and Assess the Development 21st Century Literacy Competencies in Scientific and Technical Writing Programs." Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication. Colorado Springs, CO. 25 September 2014.

​​​"Regulating Bodies of (Re)settled Refugees." Rhetoric Society of America. San Antonio, TX. 26 May 2014.

"Screening access through data collection: A case study of refugee resettlement health guidelines." Conference of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, Indianapolis, IN, 19 March 2014.


Kala Gorbett | MATC (TCR)

BA University of Georgia | English

Research interests: forthcoming

Tim Goss 

Tim Goss | PhD student (TCR)

BA | Washington University | English, writing emphasis
MA | Emporia State University | English, pedagogy and rhetoric emphasis

Research interests: Semiotics in Online Course Design, Rhetoric of Advertising, Gestalt Theory in Writing Processes, Embracing the Nature of Failure in the Composition Classroom, Puppies and Spiders

How I Write: A Guide to Academic Writing; Writing and Documenting in APA: A Concise Guide for GU Students; Writing Elements: A Brief Guide to Grammar and Usage; From Mission to Action to Evidence: Empowering and Inclusive General Education Program (AAC&U Presentation)


  Hilary Graham | PhD student (TCR)
  Blaine Grimes
 david grover

Stephen David Grover | PhD student (TCR)

BA | Brigham Young University | English
MA | Ohio University | English

Research interests: teacher preparation, online writing instruction, composition, writing program administration, cookbook rhetoric, creative nonfiction

"Mixed Blessings," Euphony 11.1 (Winter 2011) "The Missionary," Irreantum 12.1 (2010) (Charlotte and Eugene England Personal Essay Contest, honorable mention, 2009)

"Sing, Dear Gemini," Black and White 3 (Spring 2010)

"On Trembling," Artful Dodge 48/49 (2009) ( AWP Intro Journal Award winner, creative nonfiction category, 2006)

Choose your own adventure: Agency as constitutive rhetorical vision in web 2.0. Presented at the Rhetoric Society of American conference, 2014.

Nonfiction Wow: An audience-participation game show. Presented at Nonfiction Now: The Bedell Nonfiction Conference, 2010

The long and short of It: The evolving shapes of creative nonfiction. Presented at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, 2010

  Emily Grover is a PhD student in English, with specialization in 18th Century British Literature. She has taught Neoclassic to Romantic British literature at the university level for two years, and she has been teaching composition courses since 2003.

Andreh Haftvani | MATC (TCR)

BA | University of California, San Diego | History
MA | University of California, San Diego | Management Science

Research interests: Classical rhetoric

  Brittney Hagan is an MA student in the English program with specializations in Young Adult literature and the role of the adolescent. Her current interests include female agency in dystopian worlds and the fantasy genre’s influence in teenage development.
  Megan Hansen is a PhD student in English, specializing in 19th Century American literature. Her specific interests include the shifting socioeconomic conditions of the mid-nineteenth century and the resulting literary representations of middle-class gender roles.
  Dina Salah Hassan
 adam heidrick

Adam Heidrick | MATC (TCR)

BA | Sul Ross State University | English

Research interests: Rhetoric, Technical Communication, Postmodernism

  Melissa Helquist | PhD student (TCR)
  Sue Henson | PhD student (TCR)
  Chloe Honum
  Landon Houle is a PhD student in English. Her specialization is  with an emphasis on fiction. Her work has been published in descant, and she has presented both fiction and critical articles at various conferences including the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers (TACWT) and the Association of Graduate English Students conferences at the University of North Texas and Texas Tech.
 Sam Howard

Samuel B Howard | PhD candidate (TCR)
Samuel's LinkedIn profile

BA | Utah State University | English
MA | Utah State University | English

Research interests: User experience design/user-centered design, usability testing, eye tracking,  pedagogy/andragogy in technical communication and composition (onsite, hybrid, and online), instructional and information design, decision making and persuasion, instructor training

Howard, S.B. (2009). The benefits of face-to-face interaction in the online freshman composition course. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching 5(4).

Howard, S., Huston, J., Randazzo, C., Nguyen, D., & Carter, J. (2014). Props to the eye-candyman: Visualizing interest and rhetorical influence. Presenter at the Association for Teachers of Technical Writing. Indianapolis, Indiana. March 19, 2014.

Howard, S. & Huston, J. (2013). Accept or reject: Exploring eye tracking and other methods for investigating rhetorical decision-making. Presenter at the Association for Teachers of Technical Writing. Las Vegas, Nevada. March 13, 2013. 

  Rebecca Howell
  Caleb Humphreys
 jeremy huston

Jeremy Huston | PhD candidate (TCR)

BA | Eastern Washington University | English Literature & Spanish
MA | Eastern Washington University | Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Communication

Research interests: Usability (UX, HCI, Enjoyability), Ethics, Gaming, Eye Tracking, Design, Rhetoric

2014: "Props to the Eye-Candyman: Visualizing Interest and Rhetorical Influence," at ATTW 2014 (with Chalice Randazzo, Sam Howard, Duc Nguyen, and Joyce Carter)

2013: "Accept or reject: Exploring eye tracking and other methods for investigating rhetorical decision making," at ATTW 2013 (with Sam Howard and Joyce Carter)

2012: "Making usable documentation: Iterative instructions and media richness," at AMC SIGDOC 2012; published in proceedings



Luke Iantorno is a PhD student in English, focusing on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature. His dissertation research examines the relationship between empire and revolution, gender, and book history between 1783 and 1815. He has presented papers on Romantic literature at conferences of the College English Association and  the International Conference on Romanticism, and He has edited the General Magazine for Romantic Women Writers Reviewed (2011, 2012).NCS | BH

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



Angela Johnson | PhD student (TCR)


Frances Curcija Johnson | PhD candidate (TCR)
Frances' website

BA | TAMUCC | English
MA | TAMUCC | English
MS | TAMUCC | Education

Research interests: scientific communication, first-year composition, first-year students and learning communities



Charlotte Kaempf | PhD student (TCR)


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.


Andrew Keese is a PhD student in English literature. His research interests include 20th century British literature, including D. H. Lawrence, Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Graham Greene, and the role of politics in literature. He wrote reviews for and served as editor of the Journal of South Texas English Studies and presented at several conferences, including the national College English Association, the South Central Modern Language Association, and the Conference on Christianity in Literature.


Maria Kingsbury | PhD student (TCR)


Russell Kirkscey | PhD candidate (TCR)

BA | Southwestern University | English & History
MA | Texas State University | Communication Studies

Research interests: health and medical rhetoric, communication ethics, research methods, rhetorical theory

2012. Secondary School Instructors' Perspectives on the Integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) with Course Content. American Secondary Education Journal 40(3), 17-33.

2011. The Cycle of Omission: Oppressive and Oppressed Gender Roles in Recent Children's Literature. Texas Speech Communication Journal 36(1), 94-107.

2014. Shared Decision Making and Empathic Rhetoric in Biomedicine. Liberal Arts International Conference. Texas A&M University—Qatar, Doha, Qatar.

2013. Deliberative Rhetoric and Decision Aids in Genetic Testing. Discourses of Health, Medicine, and Society Symposium. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.

2011. The Ethics of Care: A Review of the Literature. Gender & Gender Identity Colloquium. Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement. Women's Studies Programs. Texas Tech University. Lubbock, Texas.

2011. Propping Up Haiti: Amputees, Prostheses, and Becoming After the Earthquake. Critical and Cultural Studies Division, National Communication Association Conference, New Orleans.


Christine Kitano is a doctoral candidate in the English program with specializations in creative writing, 20th-21st century American poetry, and Asian American literature. She is the author of a collection of poems, Birds of Paradise, published in 2011 by Lynx House Press.

Recent awards include the Texas Tech doctoral dissertation completion fellowship and the Ithaca College pre-doctoral diversity fellowship. CW

 abby koenig

Abby Koenig | PhD student (TCR)

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


Ana Krahmer | PhD student (TCR)


Carl Laamanen is a MA student in English, specializing in Film/Media Studies. His research focuses on the various intersections of religion, history, and culture in film..

 Jack Labriola

Jack T. Labriola | MATC (TCR)

BA | SUNY at Cortland | English and Professional Writing

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

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

CCCC. (2013). Network knowledge making. Undergraduate poster session. 
CCCC. (2014). From student to professional: Role-playing writers and professional gamers. Presentation session.

 shirley lail

Shirley Lail | PhD candidate (TCR)

BA | Washington State | Social Science
MA | New Mexico State | Public History

Research interests: data analytics, ethics, word choice, and usability

User-Centered Engineering Ethics Curricula, IEEE Technology and Society 2013


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.


Michael Lemon


Zretta Lewis | Graduate certificate (TCR)


Alex Linden


Tabitha Lowery


Nicholas Maggio | MATC (TCR)

BA | Texas Tech University | English Literature and Language

Research interests: technical writing and editing, content management, language and dialectics


Kerry Manzo


Sarah Martin | PhD student (TCR)

 Michael McCarthy

Michael J. McCarthy | MATC (TCR)

BA | Louisiana State University | English Literature

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

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

 Sheri McClure-Baker

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

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


Bethany McKinney


Derek McKown


Charles Mcleod

 Chase Mitchell

Chase Mitchell | PhD student (TCR)

BA | King University | Technical & Professional Communication
MA | East Tennessee State University | Professional Communication

Research interests: rhetoric and composition, cultural rhetorics, strategic communications for business and nonprofit, the rhetoric of economics and international trade, entrepreneurship, coffee


2013 Engagement Scholarship Consortium, Oct. 9th, Lubbock, TX
"International Collaboration for Engaging Rural Community Development in Phrao, Northern Thailand"

2010 Appalachian Student Research Forum, April 8th, Johnson City, TN
"Effects of Film on Nation Branding: Thailand, a Case Study"


Monica Montelongo

 Mallory Mooney

Mallory Mooney | MATC (TCR)


Luke Morgan


Scott Morris


Steve Morrison | PhD student (TCR)

BA | University of Arizona | English
MFA | University of Arizona | Creative Writing

Research interests: narrative rhetoric, rhetoric of science & economics, cultural and political identity, frame theory


Mike Morrissey | PhD student (TCR)


Meredith Morrow | MATC (TCR)


Jeff Moulton | PhD student (TCR)


Cheri Mullins | PhD student (TCR)


Nancie Muncie | PhD student (TCR)



Jennifer Nardin | MATC (TCR)


Duc Nguyen | PhD student (TCR)

BA | English Language, Vietnam
Information Technology Engineer, Vietnam
Master of Business Management, Philipines

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

fer oneil 

Fer O'Neil | PhD student (TCR)
Fer's Write Shoe
Fer's Twitter

BA | University of Maine, Farmington | English
MA | Minnesota State University, Mankato | Technical Communication

Research interests: technology, digital communication, rhetoric, user-centered design

Interview: Techsmith: Making support videos and differences from instructional videos: Watch it on YouTube

Chinwe Obi 

Chinwe Obi | MATC (TCR)
Chinwe's website

BA | Texas Tech University | Public Relations & Technical Communication

Research interests: User experience/human-centered design, human factors, usability testing, data visualization, infographics, document design, crisis communication

CCCC 2015: Poster Presentation
SIGDOC 2014: Experience Report
TTU Undergraduate Research Conference 2012: Poster Presentation


Olga Pahom is a doctoral candidate in English with a concentration in Linguistics and a minor in Applied Linguistics. Her research focuses on bilingualism, gender and language, conversation analysis, storytelling, second language acquisition, and second language instruction.

Her work has been published in Hispania, Gender and Language, and The Electronic Journal for English as a Second Language and presented at various regional, national, and international conferences, including LSA, AAAL, and ACTFL among others.


Michael Palmer is a PhD candidate in English, specializing in nonfiction. His work won the 2010 University of New Orleans Study Abroad contest and has appeared in The Collagist, Sunstone, Dialogue and other journals.


Anne Papworth | PhD student (TCR)

 Laura Patterson

Laura Patterson | PhD student (TCR)


Liz Pohland | PhD student (TCR)

Research interests: publication management, editing, document design, technologies of writing, games, graphic novels and comics, pop cultures, social media, and children's culture


Katrina Prow

 erin pumroy

Erin Pumroy | PhD candidate (TCR)

BA | Auburn University | English and Spanish
MA | Auburn University | Technical and Professional Communication

Research interests: Provider-Patient Communication, Medical and Health Rhetoric/Communication, Military Communication, Political Rhetoric, and Teaching Technical Writing and Composition

"Prezi: A PowerPoint Alternative – Teach, Present, and More." March 11, 2011. Auburn University ITeach 3 Conference, Auburn, AL.


Lanetta Purnell-Adams | PhD student (TCR)

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Lindi Ragsdale | MATC (TCR)
Lindi's LinkedIn Page

BA | University of Texas, San Antonio | English

Research interests: Editing, technical communication, career development, marketing


Mark Ranario | PhD candidate (TCR)

BA | Rutgers | English & Political Science
MA | Texas Tech University | Technical Communication

Research interests: technology, gender identification on the internet, "othering" of non-white americans in unmoderated online media channels


Chalice Randazzo| PhD student (TCR)

Susan Rauch 

Susan Rauch | PhD student (TCR)

BA | Teas State University | Professional Writing
MA | Texas State University | Literature, Technical Communication 

Research interests: Medical Rhetoric and Writing, Rhetorical Economics in Health Communication, Electronic Health Delivery (Clinical Documentation); Disability Studies; Visual Rhetoric; Publication Design Historical Technical Communication; Intercultural Communication

Journal of Writing and Technical Communication "The Accreditation of Hildegard von Bingen as Medieval Female Technical Writer." Spring 2013

Texas Books in Review A review of Hill Country: Modernistic Architecture: Zigzagging Images of Texas's Art Deco Era by David Bush and Jim Parsons Spring 2

Conference on College Composition and Communication (2014) "Out of the Classroom, Into the Workplace: Simulation and Assimilation of eHealth Curricula" 2014

4th Annual Conference in Values in Medicine, Science & Technology (2014) "Nurses with Disabilities: Identifying Barriers, Overcoming Ethical Challenges (Analyzing Dialogues in an Online Nursing Community)"

War Memories Conference (2014; Presented in Rennes, France - journal article forthcoming) "Annotating Time and Place: A collective and cultural memory of the Great War from the Anna Coleman Ladd Papers: The Smithsonian American Red Cross Studio for Portrait-Masks File, 1914-1925"

International Congress of Medieval Studies (2013) "Corpus and Presenter Tool: Identifying trends and transitions in page design and genre in Late Medieval through Early Modern medical texts


Mackenzie Regier


Michelle Reich


Lauren Reichert | MATC (TCR)


Ashlynn Reynolds | PhD student (TCR)


Janis Rizzo | MATC (TCR)

BS | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | Biology
BS Pharm, | St. John's University
MBA | Texas Tech University

Research interests: E-learning, Internet Writing, Medical Communication

 Sarah Robblee

Sarah Robblee | PhD student (TCR)


Dominic Russ


David Ryan



Danielle Saad | PhD student (TCR)

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Yvonne Wade Sanchez | Graduate certificate (TCR)

BS | Economics
MA.| Ed Education

Research interests: Andragogy: Adult (continuing education) focused on the needs of experienced practitioners in the field of technical communication




Janie Santoy | PhD student (TCR)


Robert Schafer | PhD student (TCR)

Research interests: intercultural communication, particularly heuristics of cultural dimensions in audience analysis.

Publications: Introducing heuristics of cultural dimensions into the service-level technical communication classroom. (2009). Journal of Technical Writing & Communication 39(3).

 Angela Shaffer

Angela Shaffer | PhD student (TCR)

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

Research interests: environmental concerns & policies, food justice & waste, disability studies, LGBTQ rights and issues, freeganism, feminism, socialism, kitties, kids, basil, 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 EarthConcho River Review 24(1).

further publications available upon request

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.

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Mark Shealy | PhD student (TCR)

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

poster at SIGDOC fall 2013
poster at CCCC spring 2015 (forthcoming)


Michael Shewmaker


Brandon Shuler is a PhD student in Literature, Social Justice, and the Environment. He specializes in Texas literature and the outdoors experience in American literature. His book, Glory of the Silver King, is forthcoming from Texas A&M Press.


Jacob Shores-Areguello


Nancy Small | PhD student (TCR)


Amanda Smith


J.D. Smith


Trampas Smith


Brian Spreng


 Gerald Staley


Lancia Stewart

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Brandon C. Strubberg | PhD candidate (TCR)

BA | Sam Houston State University | English Language and Literature
MA | Sam Houston State University | English Language and Literature

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

Research interests: rhetorics of science and healthcare, technology and culture, critical theory, writing pedagogy, and technical communication

Publications: forthcoming

Strubberg, Brandon C. (2014) " Temporal Transference: Applying Pragma-Dialectical Analysis to a 200-Year-Old Patient-Physician Encounter." Presented at the Rhetoric Society of America; San Antonio, TX.

Strubberg, Brandon C. (2014) "Tertiary Interiorisations: Gaming as Digital Transindividuation." Presented at the Conference for College Composition and Communication; Indianapolis, IN.

Strubberg, Brandon C. (2013) "Medical Manuals as Disciplinary Intersection: A Rhetorical Analysis of the American Diabetes Association's Complete Guide to Diabetes." Presented at the 5th Annual Medicine, Humanities, and the Social Sciences Conference; Huntsville, TX.

Strubberg, Brandon C. and Tim Elliott. (2012) "Humanizing Medicine Through Graphic Storytelling." Presented at Comics and Medicine: Navigating the Margins; Toronto, ON, CA. 



Kazutaka Sugiyama


William Taylor


Alissa Thayer | MATC (TCR)


Jennifer Thomas


Leah Thorne


Charity Tran | PhD student (TCR)


Erin Trauth | PhD candidate (TCR)


Kyle Traylor


Michael R. Trice | PhD candidate (TCR)

BA | University of Texas | English
MA | Texas State University | Technical Communication
MA University of Leeds | Communication Studies

Research interests: Online Deliberation, Usability on Civic Platforms, Games Documentation, Online Community Governance, Ethics of Information Architecture, Writing in the Disciplines

"How We Comment on Web Journalism: A Caste Study on Dialogue Found in News Articles" chapter in Ethics in Emerging Media by Continuum Press, 2011 

"Increasing STEM in Study Abroad: Experiential Stories in Practice-based STEM Projects Abroad," chaired panel at Conference on International Education Exchange, 2013

"Usability Evaluations in the Digital Spaces of Public Composing: Examining User Proficiency in DentonWiki.org," paper presented to CCCC, 2013


Virginia Tucker | PhD student (TCR)

BA | Christopher Newport University | Writing
MA | Old Dominion University | Professional Writing

Research interests: Technical & digital writing & rhetoric, virtual teams, writing across the disciplines, interdisciplinary studies, distance education

Tucker, V.  (2014). The franken-paper. In R. Brickey, L. Beadling, & E. Martens (eds.), Practical Composition for the English Classroom from Working Instructors.Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., Inc.

---. (2013). From gamers to grammarians: How online gaming is changing the nature of digital discourse in the classroom. In K. Grant-Davies & K. Cargile-Cook (eds.), Online Education 2.0: Evolving, Adapting, and Reinventing Online Technical Communication, pp. 159-178. Amityville, NY: Baywood.

---. (2013). Facebooking in distance education: Constructing virtual communities of practice. CBNU Journal of Educational Research 33(3), 62-80.

Presentations: Forthcoming


Kellyanne Ure is a PhD candidate in English, specializing in nineteenth-century British literature and book history. Her dissertation is on the serialization of sensation fiction in magazines of the 1860s. She has presented papers at the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals conference, participated in a seminar at the North American Victorian Studies Association conference, and contributed to the Victorian Periodicals Review bibliography. NCS, BH



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.


Kevin Van Winkle | PhD student (TCR)


Erin Varghese


Rachel Vaughn


David Vialard | PhD student (TCR)

BA | Marian College | History
MATC | Texas Tech University | Technical Communication and Rhetoric

Research interests: Composition and rhetoric, technical | business | professional communication and media studies, pedagogy, andragogy, service learning, universal design, collaborative environments, community discourse, civic engagement

Council for Exceptional Children National Conference April, 2013: Developing a Web-Based Resource for Conducting Assessments for Students with Visual Impairments

Council for Exceptional Children National Conference April, 2013: The Roles of the Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments


Sarah Viren


Kerrie Visconti | PhD student (TCR)

BS | Lubbock Christian University | Organizational Management
MS | Texas Tech University | Business Administration

Research interests: organizational culture, technical communication, usability testing

Maggie Waldron

Maggie Waldron | MATC (TCR)

BA | Lawrence University | Biology and Environmental Studies

Research interests: the use of rhetoric to engage and empower communities around climate change and related environmental and health issues; studying the most effective modes of communication around these topics and what makes them successful

 Paul Watson

Paul Watson | PhD candidate (TCR)

MS | Mass Communications

Research interests: Passionate about Rhetoric of Science, particularly Economics. Dissertation studies how 20th century's influential paper in Economics--The Methodology of Positive Economics (1953) by Milton Friedman--persuades


Ian Weaver | PhD student (TCR)

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Ronda L. Wery | PhD candidate (TCR)

BA | Southern Oregon University | English
MA | Oregon State University | Scientific and Technical Communication

Research interests: E-Learning, Pedagogy, Rhetorical Theory, Usability Research, Assessment

Andrews, C., Burleson, D., Dunks, K., Elmore, K., Lambert, C., Oppegaard, B., Pohland, E., Saad, D., Scharer, J., Wery, R., Wesley, M. & Zobel, G. (2012). A new method in user-centered design: Collaborative prototype design process (CPDP). Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 42(2), 123–142. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2190/TW.42.2.c

Wery, R.L. (2011). Review of Going Wireless: A Critical Exploration of Wireless and Mobile Technologies. Composition Teachers and Researchers. In Composition Studies, 39(1), 140-144.

2014 Annual Conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (Colorado Springs, CO) Presenting "Applying the Community of Inquiry Framework as a Lens for Exploring and Measuring the Making of Meaning in Online Discussions" in a panel on methodologies for pedagogical research to effect programmatic change.

2014 Computers and Writing Conference (Pullman, WA) Presented in a panel entitled, "Facing the Interface: Evolving Practices for User-Centered Teaching and Learning."

2012 College Composition and Communication Conference (St. Louis, MO) Presented "'Only Connect': Student Agency and Instructor Identity in a Graduate-Level E-Learning Environment" in panel on digital technology and pedagogy.

2010 College Composition and Communication Conference (Louisville, KY) Presented in panel entitled, "Daring to Remix, Renegotiate, and Reassess Writing Assessment," with Drs. Fred Kemp, Rebecca Rickly, and Deanna Mascle.


Monica Wesley | PhD student (TCR)

Research interests: visual communication, new media, visual rhetoric, the rhetoric of intellectual property law and issues of ownership and access, new media, visual metaphor, and questions of power in mass media.


Sandra Wheeler | MATC (TCR)


Su Wilcox | MATC (TCR)

BA | University of Texas at Austin | Rhetoric and Writing

Research interests: Nonprofit organization and communication, environmental issues


Joseph Williams | PhD student (TCR)


Melanie Wilson is a PhD student in English, studying nineteenth-century British literature, particularly Gothic fiction.  She is also interested in Medieval literature and the ways it is re-imagined in other periods. NCS

 Stephanie Wilson

Steph Wilson | MATC (TCR)
Steph's LinkedIn Page

BA | Utah State University | English, Professional & Technical Writing

Research interests: Usability, accessibility, interaction design, interface design, visual rhetoric


Elaine Wisniewski | PhD student (TCR)

BSE/MSE | University of Michigan| Industrial and Operations Engineering
MA | Eastern Michigan University | Written Communication

Research interests: Pedagogy of engineering communication, echnical communication program administration, Engineering workplace communication, Educational technology in the classroom

Wisniewski, E.C. and Northrop, M.J. (2014). Improving the engineering student experience in technical communication courses. Poster Presentation. 17th Annual Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana. March 19, 2014.

Cooney, J., Everett, H., Graham, H., Shealy, M., Weaver, I., and Wisniewski, E.C. (2013). An analysis of the complex ecological system and usability of selected weather communication products for the National Weather Service-Lubbock. ACM SIGDOC Conference, 29-30 September and 1 October 2013, Greenville, North Carolina.

Wisniewski, E.C. (2014). "Creating a more engaging learning environment in large lecture courses." Work-in-Progress Presenter, 2014 Research Network Forum, Conference for College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Indianapolis, Indiana, March 19, 2014.


Matthew Wright | MATC (TCR)


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Michelle York 

Michelle York | MATC (TCR)
Michelle's LinkedIn Page

BA | Texas Woman's University | English

Research interests: the theory and practice of visual, technological, and educational rhetoric, with particular focus on services to users with disabilities and to those who support them

"Commonplace as a Lens: Finding Common Ground in the Autism Community" - (forthcoming, October 2014) presentation at the Cultural Rhetorics Conference, Michigan State University


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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)

 Sandra Zapata

Sandy Zapata | MATC (TCR)

BA | Florida International University | English
Certificate | Florida International University | Public and professional writing

Research interests: New Media, Race, Gender, Visual Rhetoric

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