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  Tatiana Aker | MATC (TCR)
  Casey Akins | PhD student (TCR)
   Aaron Alford
  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.
Mira Allen Mira Allen | Graduate Certificate (TCR)
BBA | Angelo State University | International BusinessResearch interests: Intercultural writing, editing, teaching
Sarah Austin Sarah Austin | PhD student (TCR)
sarah.e.austin@ttu.eduMEd | Salisbury University
MA | Colorado State University | Rhetoric and CompositionResearch 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.
  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.Publications:
Letter writing. (2014). In Encyclopedia of Social Networks. Sage Publications,The creative artist as technical communicator. (2010). Intercom, July/Aug.Presentations:
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.
 Jeanna Balreira Jeanna Balreira | MATC (TCR)
BA | Trinity University | English, GermanResearch 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
 Michelle Bangson Michelle Bangston | MATC (TCR)
michelle.bangson@ttu.eduBA | Auburn University | EnglishResearch interests: Visual Rhetoric, New Media, and User-Centered Design 
 Aubrey Banning Aubrey Banning | MATC (TCR)
BA | Saginaw Valley State University | Professional and Technical WritingResearch Interests: technical writing and communication, editing, usability studies, accessibility studiesPresentations:
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.
Elizabeth Barone Elizabeth Barone | PhD student (TCR)
elizabeth.barone@ttu.eduBA | University of Wisconsin, Whitewater | Music
MA | University of Wisconsin, Stout | Technical and Professional CommunicationResearch interests: writing pedagogy, online writing pedagogy, technology and writing, social media,
  Joshua Barron | PhD student (TCR)
joshua.barron@ttu.eduBBA | UT Dallas | Management Information Systems and Organizational Behavior
MBA | Texas Tech University | Business ManagementResearch interests: New media, persuasive language in technical documents, decision-making, usability
  Erica Ellingson Baumle | PhD student (TCR)
erica.baumle@ttu.eduBA | Texas Lutheran University | English
MA | Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi | EnglishResearch interests: digital rhetoric; user-created technical communication; digital literacy; service-learning pedagogyPresentations: 
Into the Corpus: Text Mining Instructor Commentary presented at C&W 2014
Andrea Beaudin Andrea L. Beaudin | PhD candidate (TCR)
andrea.beaudin@ttu.eduBA | Albertus Magnus College | English
MA | Southern Connecticut State University | British LiteratureResearch interests: Digital media, visual rhetoric, multimodal feedback, usability, new media, composition and rhetoric, technical communicationPublications:
#4C13: Tweeting the C's (Kairos CCCC Reviews)
Coordinating Editor, Kairos CCCC ReviewsPresentations:
The writing studio: Participatory design for the composing community. Presented at CCCC, 2014.
  Maryn Belling | PhD student (TCR)
maryn.b.belling@ttu.eduMA | Northern Arizona University | English
MA | Northern Arizona University | Administration, health care emphasisResearch 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
  Tyler Berringer
  Andrew Berthrong
  Matthew Betz | PhD student (TCR)
matthew.betz@ttu.eduResearch interests: typeface rhetoric, power structures, and issues of accountability in technical communication
  Brandy Bippes | PhD (TCR)
  Erin Bistline
  Andrew Blick | PhD (TCR)
  Margaret Emma Brandl is a PhD student in English specializing in creative writing (fiction and nonfiction) and film and media studies. She has a BA in English from The University of Alabama (Summa Cum Laude) and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame, where she was an editorial assistant for Notre Dame Review. She has also worked as an intern for Slash Pine Press (a chapbook press based out of the University of Alabama) and Hachette Book Group (New York, NY).Her research interests include fan/fandom studies and the media of Japanese popular culture (specifically anime and manga). Recently, she presented an essay at the Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures. She currently serves as an associate editor with Iron Horse Literary Review.

Christin Brodie | MATC (TCR)
christin.brodie@ttu.eduBS | US Air Force Academy | HumanitiesResearch interests: Technical editingPublications: forthcomingPresentations: forthcoming

Bobbie Brown | PhD student (TCR)
  Cris Broyles | PhD student (TCR)

 Liz Burke Liz Burke | MATC (TCR)
BA | Illinois State University | Englishresearch interests: writing for web-based audiences, document design and hypertext theory
  Nick Carrington | PhD student (TCR)
nicholas.a.carrington@ttu.eduBA | Cedarville University | Technical and Professional Communication
MA | Missouri State University | WritingResearch interests: Technical communication pedagogy, web content development, editingPresentations: 
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, 2013Presented 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
  Chen Chen is a PhD candidate in English - Creative Writing. He received his BA in English and Asian Pacific American Studies at Hampshire College, and then his MFA in Poetry at Syracuse University, where he was a University Fellow. His creative, scholarly, and pedagogical interests are in modern and contemporary American poetry with a particular focus on queer and Asian American poetics. He has authored two poetry chapbooks, Set the Garden on Fire (Porkbelly Press, 2015) and Kissing the Sphinx (Two of Cups Press, forthcoming 2016). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Narrative, Drunken Boat, The Best American Poetry 2015, among other journals and anthologies. He is a Managing Editor for Iron Horse Literary Review and a Prose Editor at Gabby Journal. He has presented his work at AWP, the Dodge Poetry Festival, Poetry and Pie Night in Rochester, NY, and other venues. Recent honors include the Matt Clark Editors’ Choice Award (New Delta Review), the Joyce Carol Oates Award (selected by Ishion Hutchinson), and fellowships from Kundiman and the Saltonstall Foundation. A 2015 finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, Chen is currently at work on a full-length collection of poems.

Garth Clayton | PhD student (TCR)

Joy Cooney | PhD student (TCR)
joy.cooney@ttu.eduBS | Southern Utah University | Communication
MA | Northern Arizona University | English
Graduate Certificate Northern Arizona University | Professional WritingResearch interests: rhetoric of food; ethics and social justice; decolonizing and feminist methodologies; rhetorical analysis; user-centered design
 Shayla Corprew Shayla Corprew | MATC (TCR)
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
  Joshua Cowan
 Bailey Cundiff Bailey Cundiff | MATC (TCR)
bailey.cundiff@ttu.eduBA | Texas A&M | English (Rhetoric emphasis)research interests: writer-editor relationship; revision and editing pedagogy; tech comm for nonprofits



Mark Davis |
PhD student (TCR)

 debbie davy Debbie Davy | PhD candidate (TCR)
MS | Mercer University | Technical Communication Management
Research interests: Rhetoric, Taxation Rhetoric, Professional CommunicationPresentations:
IPCC 2014
CCCC (forthcoming, 2015)
  Brianne Dayley is an MA student in the English program with interests in dramatic criticism, stage adaptation, and dramaturgy. Brianne has presented at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference.
  Chase Dearinger
  Rachel De Leon received her BA at the University of North Texas in Creative Writing. She’s currently an M.A. student in the creative writing program with a focus on anti and tragic characters in noir fiction and fantasy.
 Mary DeNora Mary DeNora | PhD (TCR)
mary.denora@ttu.eduBA | University of California at Berkeley | Rhetoric
MA | San Diego State University | Rhetoric and Writing
PhD | Bethel University | Education (forthcoming, 2016)Publications:
Rhetoric of Progressive Revelation - Master's Project, San Diego State University, May 2007
  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 is an MA student studying creative writing poetry and English literature. Most recently, she has published on the Volta 365, an online publication focusing on the critique of contemporary poetry. Her current poetic project is centered around The Black Forest in which she blends German folklore, forestry, and nature together and assumes personas.
  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.
 Dvorske Tiffany Dvorske | PhD student (TCR)BA | Louisiana State University
MA | Oklahoma State University | Technical WritingResearch interests: document design and visual rhetoric, TESOL, medical writing, pedagogyPresentations:
'Just tell me if I'm getting my money back': Modernizing the traditional bad-news adjustment letter. SWPCA, 2014. Albuquerque, NM.
  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)
ashley.edlin@ttu.eduBA | Wayland Baptist University | English and Business Administration
MA | Wayland Baptist University | EnglishResearch interests: Rhetorical analysis, archival and historical research, and feminist rhetoricsPresentations:
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.
 tim elliott Tim Elliott | PhD candidate (TCR)

BA | Saint Louis University | English
MA | Iowa State University | LiteraturePresident, Texas Tech chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC)Research interests: visual rhetoric, public policy, urbanism, cultural rhetorics, comic booksPublications:
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.Presentations:
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)
BA | Virginia Tech | English
MA | University of Alabama, Huntsville | English Language and Literature
Research interests: rhetorical analysis, science writing, Disability Studies, autism rhetorics, advocacy rhetorics, user-centered design, Universal Design, participatory researchPublications:
Embracing Interdependence: Technology Developers, Autistic Users, and Technical Communicators in Rhetorical AccessAbility: At the Intersection of Technical Communication and Disability Studies, Baywood's Technical Communication Series, Lisa Meloncon, ed., Amityville, NY, 2012A New Method in User-Centered Design: Collaborative Prototype Design Process (CPDP), Co-authored with other members of the Fifth Iteration online TTU TCR PhD cohort, Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 42(2), pp. 123-142 2012Presentations:
Co-presented with Jeannie Bennett "At the Borders of Experiential Knowledge and Scientific Authority: How do Autistic Women Define Autism?" at the 2014 Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Conference in San AntonioPresented "Negotiations of Voice and Rhetorical Listening in Public Dialogue about Autism Advocacy" at the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in IndianapolisGuest lectured on "What is Autism? DSM-5 Development, Expert Ways of Knowing, and the Progress of Science," in October 2012 as part of the Cavanaugh Public Lecture SeriesPresented "The Autism Community, the Autistic Community, and the Many" at RSA 2012 in Philadelphia on a panel with Chris Andrews and Danielle SaadDiscussed "Autistic Women and Professional Communication" research methods and results at the Qualitative Research Network (QRN) and the Research Network Forum (RNF) at CCCC 2011 in Atlanta
Amilia Evans  Amilia Evans | MATC (TCR)BA | Virginia Tech | EnglishResearch interests: Rhetoric, Composition and Technology; Print Publications
Heidi Everett  Heidi L. Everett | PhD Candidate (TCR)
Heidi's LinkedIn Page
BA | St. Cloud State University | English, creative writing emphasis
MA | St. Cloud State University | EnglishResearch interests: Small business technology adoption and deployment, Small business online brand credibility, Ethics in business communication, Organizational culture and communication, UXPublications: 
Trade publications:
The Trouble with Business: Price Wars, Business Central magazine, July/August 2015The Great Cover-up: 8 Strategies to Protect Your Small Business from Fraud, Business Central magazine, September/October 2015Holiday 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:
Consistency and Contrast: A Content Analysis of Web Design Instruction, Technical Communication, November 2014Amateur 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.Presentations:
ESOPs Fable: A Clashing of Culture, Power, and Common Practice, Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Annual Conference, Tampa, Florida, March 2015

Tricia Fausset | PhD student (TCR)
patricia.fausset@ttu.eduBA | University of California, San Diego | Chemistry
MS | California State University, Northridge | BiochemistryResearch interests: the use of visualizations to communicate science and medical information. Specifically photographs, illustrations, and storytelling used to contextualize or facilitate meaning making.Presentations: 
"Adventures of a Sucrose Molecule: From Sugar Beet to Sweet Treat" oral presentation at the 2014 American Chemical Society Annual Meeting (Dallas, TX).
  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

Jennifer Fierke | PhD student (TCR)
jennifer.fierke@ttu.eduBA | Macalester College | English Literature and Creative Writing
MA | University of Minnesota | Liberal StudiesResearch 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 | EnglishResearch 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.


  Ashley Mag Gabbert is a PhD student in the English program with a specialization in creative writing, specifically in poetry and non-fiction. She graduated magna cum laude with honors in English from Trinity University and received her MFA in poetry writing from The University of California at Riverside. Mag is a contributing writer for The Nervous Breakdown, where her essays regularly appear.Her poetry, essays, and reviews have also been published or are forthcoming in The Rattling Wall, The Rumpus, and The San Antonio Current, among others. Mag has previously served as the co-editor of The Trinity Review and associate poetry editor of The Coachella Review; she is now an associate editor of Iron Horse Review and is the graduate advisor of Texas Tech's undergraduate literary journal, The Harbinger.
  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.
   Julie Gerdes | PhD student (TCR)
BA | Clemson University | Writing and Publication Studies, Spanish
MA | University of South Florida | Rhetoric and CompositionResearch interests: medical rhetorics, rhetoric of global health, document designPublications:
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.Presentations:
"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 | EnglishResearch interests: forthcoming
Tim Goss  Tim Goss | PhD student (TCR)
timothy.goss@ttu.eduBA | Washburn University | English, writing emphasis
MA | Emporia State University | English, pedagogy and rhetoric emphasisResearch 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 SpidersPresentations:
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)
david.grover@ttu.eduBA | Brigham Young University | English
MA | Ohio University | EnglishResearch interests: teacher preparation, online writing instruction, composition, writing program administration, cookbook rhetoric, creative nonfictionPublications:
"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)Presentations: 
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, 2010The 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.
  Stacey Lea Haenchen is an MA student. Her research interests include contemporary literature, historical fiction, and social effects of political trauma.
  Andreh Haftvani | MATC (TCR)BA | University of California, San Diego | History
MA | University of California, San Diego | Management ScienceResearch 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.
 Justin Hall Justin Hall | MATC (TCR)
justin.hall@ttu.eduBA | Angelo State University | Englishresearch 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, classroomPublications:
"The History and Mediatization of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales in American
Culture." Crius Undergraduate Research Journal. 2014.Presentations:
"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.
  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
  Terry Heath | Certificate of Technical Communication (TCR)
 adam heidrick Adam Heidrick | MATC (TCR)
BA | Sul Ross State University | EnglishResearch interests: Rhetoric, Technical Communication, Postmodernism
 Leah Heilig Leah Heilig | PhD student (TCR)
leah.heilig@ttu.eduBA | St. Cloud State University | English, literature emphasis
MA | St. Cloud State University | English, rhetoric and writing emphasisResearch interests: Community writing, data visualization, civic engagement, document design, and web accessibilityPresentations:
(upcoming--not sure if you wanted it) 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.
  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 | EnglishResearch 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 trainingPublications: 
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).Presentations:
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 is a Ph.D. student in the English Department with specialization in creative writing and a focus in locally-adapted poetics and globalization. She is the author of Render / An Apocalypse, which was selected by Nick Flynn for the 2013 Cleveland State University First Book Prize and which was a finalist for Foreword Review's Book of The Year. She is also the translator of Amal al-Jubouri's Hagar Before the Occupation / Hagar After the Occupation (Alice James 2011).Her awards include two poetry fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center and a 2014 Pushcart Prize. Her dissertation, a second collection of original poems, is directed by Curtis Bauer. Howell is the Poetry Editor at Oxford American. www.rebeccagaylehowell.com
  Caleb Humphreys
  Lela Hunt | PhD student (TCR)
 jeremy huston Jeremy Huston | PhD candidate (TCR)
jeremy.huston@ttu.eduBA | Eastern Washington University | English Literature & Spanish
MA | Eastern Washington University | Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical CommunicationResearch interests: Usability (UX, HCI, Enjoyability), Ethics, Gaming, Eye Tracking, Design, RhetoricPresentations:
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)
kylie.jacobsen@ttu.eduBA | Southwest Minnesota State University | Professional Writing and Communication
MA | Iowa State University | Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional CommunicationResearch Interests: visual rhetoric, data visualization, technical communication, usability, graphic design, risk communication 
  Angela Johnson | PhD student (TCR)
  Charlotte Kaempf | PhD student (TCR)
  Nidhi Kaith is an MA student in the English Department with emphasis in Literature, Social Justice, and Environment. She holds an MA from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, India. Her writing has appeared in The Tribune and The Hindustan Times.
  Mark L. Keats is a PhD student in the English Department with concentrations in creative writing (fiction and nonfiction), adoption studies, and the novel form. His work has appeared in Foundling Review, Clockhouse, Smokelong Quarterly, and many others.
  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)
  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 CommunicationResearch interests: Media and culture, online rhetorical discourse and generational behavior, feminismPublications: "Spaghetti Code," full-length play presented in Houston, TX

Ana Krahmer | PhD student (TCR)
Jack Labriola Jack T. Labriola | PhD student (TCR)
jack.labriola@ttu.eduBA | SUNY at Cortland | English and Professional Writing
MATC | Texas Tech University | Technical CommunicationResearch interests: User experience design (UX), content strategy, information design, networked learning, online collaboration technologiesPublications
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. Forthcoming.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.
  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.
  Mike Lemon is a PhD student with emphases in Literature, Social Justice, and the Environment (LSJE) and digital humanities. He interrogates how American authors of the late-nineteenth to early-twentieth centuries transgress regional, generic, and thematic borders as they encounter national issues.Recent presentations include an appeal for American naturalist texts in ecocriticism, Catholic ideology and local environmental justice movements in Ana Castillo's So Far From God, and transgressive genres in Bret Harte's The Outcasts of Poker Flats.
 Zretta Lewis Zretta Lewis | Graduate certificate (TCR)
BA | SIU-Carbondale, IL | Speech Communications
MA | Chicago State University | English
MA | Saint Xavier University Chicago | Currriculum & Instruction
Graduate Certificate in Teaching Tech Comm | Texas Tech UniversityResearch interests: Teaching of English and Tech Comm, Online teaching of writing, Using New Media
  Essence London is a Creative Writing MA student in the English program with a specialization in Poetry. Her poems have been published in joINT. Literary Magazineand on The Watering Hole website. She is currently working on establishing a black literary press. One of the early manifestations of the press is CARGO Literary Reviews. Dr. Curtis Bauer serves as chair of her thesis committee, and together they will compile a chapbook likely on black mothers and the loss of their children.
  Tabitha Lowery
  Travis Mabry | MATC (TCR)

Nicholas Maggio | MATC (TCR)
BA | Texas Tech University | English Literature and LanguageResearch interests: technical writing and editing, content management, language and dialectics
  Kerry Manzo
Sarah Martin Sarah Martin | PhD student (TCR)
BA (with distinction) | University of Virginia | Sociology
MBA | Naval Postgraduate SchoolResearch interests: visual rhetoric, business communication, cross-cultural communication, persuasionPublications:
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.
Michael McCarthy Michael J. McCarthy | PhD student (TCR)
michael.j.mccarthy@ttu.eduBA | Louisiana State University | English Literature
MATC | Texas Tech University | Technical CommunicationResearch interests: Web 2.0, collaborative learning spaces, alternative rhetoricsPresentations: 
SIGDOC 2014 - Presenter on User Experience Project
CCCC - 2014 User Experience Poster Session
  Angela McCauley | PhD student (TCR)
Sheri McClure-Baker Sheri McClure-Baker | PhD student (TCR)
BA | English
MA | Literature
Advanced certificate of study, CompositionResearch interests: race studies, online teaching, rhetoric of conflict and disasterPresentations: 
The Modern Day Dirge: Using Narrative to Reclaim Racialized Space in the Classroom - presented at WPA 2010Geographies of Race: Rethinking Race and Space in the Composition Classroom - presented at CCCCs 2010Race and Literacy in the Virtual Classroom, presented at PCA/ACA 2013
  Bethany McKinney
  Derek McKown
  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.
 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, and coffee
Publications: "The Potential of Metaphor in ESL Pedagogy: A Pilot Case Study" – In Connexions 2(1), 2014, 75-87.
@ 2010 Appalachian Student Research Forum, April 8th, Johnson City, TN – "Effects of Film on Nation Branding: Thailand, a Case Study"@ 2013 Engagement Scholarship Consortium, Oct. 9th, Lubbock, TX – "International Collaboration for Engaging Rural Community Development in Phrao, Northern Thailand@ 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 20th, 2015, Tampa, Florida – "Thinking Globally, Composing Locally: Innovation and Infrastructural Growth and Reform in the International Media Ecosystem" with Dr. Rich Rice
  Monica Montelongo Flores is a Doctoral Candidate in the department of English with specializations in U.S. Literature and Visual Culture and Chicano/a Cultural Studies. Her research has been published in Soutwestern American Literature and is forthcoming in Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Her dissertation project combines decolonial and spatial theory as it looks at the shifting landscapes of the West and the Border, particularly as they relate to the displacement of Mexicans and Mestizos.
Mallory Mooney Mallory Mooney | MATC (TCR)
BS | East Texas Baptist University } University StudiesResearch interests: user-centered design, web and content development, information architecture
 Maureen Morasch Maureen Morasch | PhD student (TCR)
BA | Washington State University-Vancouver | English, Humanities
MLIS | University of Washington | Library & Information ScienceResearch interests: Dissertation writing, doctoral student writing preparation, power balance in student-advisor relationships, writer identityPublications:
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.2013.783524If 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.2012.731946Presentations:
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
  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
  Clinton E. Morrison, Jr., earned his BA in English Language and Literature with a minor in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. His research interests focus on medieval literature and medieval political theory.

Mike Morrissey | PhD student (TCR)
AAS | Paralegal Technology | Pulaski Technical College
BA | Radio, Television and Film
MA | Technical and Expository Writing | University of Arkansas at Little RockResearch interests: Disability rhetoric, advocacy writing, web accessibility
  Meredith Morrow | MATC (TCR)
  Jeff Moulton | PhD student (TCR)
BS | University of Phoenix | Information Technology
MPC | Westminster College | Professional CommunicationResearch interests: Technical writing and communication, especially in the area of computer-media technical training; rhetorical study of pop culture, especially superheroes and science fiction

Cheri Mullins | PhD student (TCR)
  Nancie Muncie | PhD student (TCR) 


Jennifer Nardin | MATC (TCR)
  Kenna NeitchKenna Neitchis an MA student in the English program with specializations in comparative literature, gender studies, intersectionality, and satire. She was awarded the Texas Lutheran University Provost's Research Grant in 2013, which resulted in the publication of Buddies! Exploring and celebrating the human-animal bond. She presented her senior thesis, "The Prince & the Satire: The Implications of a Satirical Reading of Machiavelli," at the Alpha Chi National Convention and was awarded the Bill Short Prize for World Literature.She is currently involved with several presentations for the 2015 Southwestern Psychological Association Conference on the influence of gender, race, and sexuality on interactions on the online forum Chatroulette.
  Duc Nguyen | PhD student (TCR)

BA | English Language
BS | Information Technology
MBA | Business ManagementResearch 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.
fer oneil  Fer O'Neil | PhD student (TCR)
Fer's Write Shoe
Fer's TwitterBA | University of Maine, Farmington | English
MA | Minnesota State University, Mankato | Technical CommunicationResearch interests: User-centered design, ethics, technical communication, information and document design, technology, usability, information security and communicationPresentations: 
O'Neil, Fer. 2015. Ethics Case Study: Special Edition on Ethics in Technical Communication, STC Intercom (Fall). http://www.stc.org/publications/intercomO'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. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2775441.2775456O'Neil, Fer. 2015. Perceptions of Content Authoring Methodologies in Technical Communication: The Perceived Benefits of Single Sourcing. Professional Communication Conference (IPCC), 2015 IEEE International. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome.jsp?punumber=1000591O'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.Presentations:
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.
  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.
  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)
laura.patterson@ttu.eduBA | 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 communicationPresentations:
(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.
  Olga Pahom is a doctoral candidate in English with a concentration in Linguistics and a minor inApplied 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.
  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)
erin.pumroy@ttu.eduBA | Auburn University | English and Spanish
MTPC | Auburn University | Technical and Professional CommunicationResearch interests: Provider-Patient Communication, Medical and Health Rhetoric/Communication, Military Communication, Political Rhetoric, and Teaching Technical Writing and CompositionPresentations: 
"Prezi: A PowerPoint Alternative – Teach, Present, and More." March 11, 2011. Auburn University ITeach 3 Conference, Auburn, AL.
  Lanetta Purnell-Adams | PhD student (TCR)
  Iracema M. Quintero is interested in Chican@ studies and Chicanisma, or Chicana Feminism, multiculturalism, and the merging of borders. She has intertwined these interests with her interest in Rhetoric and Technical Communication by using writing as a way to voice the voiceless  and using the written story to provide an alternative (his)story to the established history of America.
lindi ragsdale Lindi Ragsdale | MATC (TCR)
Lindi's LinkedIn PageBA | University of Texas, San Antonio | EnglishResearch interests: Editing, technical communication, career development, marketing
  Mark Ranario | PhD candidate (TCR)
BA | Rutgers | English & Political Science
MA | Texas Tech University | Technical CommunicationResearch interests: technology, gender identification on the internet, "othering" of non-white americans in unmoderated online media channels
Susan Rauch  Susan Rauch | PhD student (TCR)
susan.rauch@ttu.eduBA | Texas State University | Professional Writing
MA | Texas State University | Literature
MA | Texas State University | Technical Communication, minor in Women's StudiesResearch 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 CommunicationPublications: 
Journal of Writing and Technical Communication "The Accreditation of Hildegard von Bingen as Medieval Female Technical Writer." Spring 2013Texas 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 2Presentations: 
Conference on College Composition and Communication (2014) "Out of the Classroom, Into the Workplace: Simulation and Assimilation of eHealth Curricula" 20144th 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 is a MA student in the English program. Her specializations focus on Nineteenth Century American Literature. She primarily relies on Comparative literature and focuses on how the female role has shifted throughout the nineteenth century in both society as well as within literature. Her MA portfolio will look at female's psychological strength and weakness, their placement within religion, and the emphasis placed upon female chastity.
  Lauren Reichert | MATC (TCR)

  Janis Rizzo | MATC (TCR)
janis.rizzo@ttu.eduBS | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | Biology
BS Pharm | St. John's University
MBA | Texas Tech UniversityResearch interests: E-learning, Internet Writing, Medical Communication
Sarah Robblee Sarah K/ Robblee | PhD student (TCR)
sarah.robblee@ttu.eduBA | Gordon College | English
MA | Cal Poly Pomona | EnglishResearch interests: grant writing, technical editing, research methodsPublications:
Smith, S. K. (2012, May). [Review of the book "The public work of rhetoric: Citizen-scholars and civic engagement" by Ackerman, J.M., and Coogan, D.J.]. Technical Communication, 59(2), 169-170.Presentations:
"Why Women Blog: The Habits, Motivations, and Topics of Professional Women Bloggers and Readers." Texas Tech University May Seminar. May 2013."Everything (And We Mean Everything) We Know about Editing: A Review of Contemporary Research Studies in Technical Editing" by Angela Shaffer, Alison Cope, Jennifer Freytag, Timothy Elliott, Brandon Strubberg, and Sarah Robblee. Society for Technical Communication's Technical Editing Virtual Conference. October 2012."Encouraging College Literacy: Guided Strategies to Promote Students' Reading Skills and Engagement." Paper presented. College Reading and Learning Association. November 2011, San Diego, California."Levels of Engagement in Group Work Tasks." Paper presented. Annual TESOL Convention. Graduate Student Forum. March 2009, Denver, Colorado."'What Does 'X' Do?' in First-Year Composition." Paper presented. Cal Poly Pomona Annual Graduate Symposium. June 2009, Pomona, California.
  Dominic Russ
  David Ryan


  Danielle Saad | PhD student (TCR)
yvonne sanchez  Yvonne Wade Sanchez | Graduate certificate (TCR)
BS | Economics
MA Ed | EducationResearch 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 candidate (TCR)
angela.shaffer@ttu.eduBA | Angelo State University | English & Psychology
MA | Angelo State University | English, border & environmental narratives focusResearch interests: environmental concerns & policies, food justice & waste, disability studies, LGBTQ rights and issues, freeganism, feminism, socialism, kitties, kids, basil, coffeePublications: 
(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).Presentations: 
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.
  Jodi Shaffer | PhD student (TCR)
mark shealy Mark Shealy | PhD student (TCR)
mark.shealy@ttu.eduMS | University of North Texas | Information Science
MA | University of Mississippi | EnglishResearch 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
  Michael Shewmaker
  Jacob Shores-Areguello
  Kate Simonian is an English Ph.D. student specializing in creative writing—specifically fiction, although she also writes essays and flash fiction. Her creative work has been published in various journals, including Best Australian Stories. She also has a strong interest in pedagogical practice, informed by extensive private tutoring (especially of ESL and non-traditional students) and teaching at Brooklyn College and MCNY (Metropolitan College of New York). She is the recipient of a Truman Capote Fellowship (2013) and attends Texas Tech as a Presidential Fellow. Her research interests include narratology, temporal schemata in fiction, philosophy in literature, art and aesthetics, Marcel Proust, experimental literature, French literature, fiction, non-fiction, poetry.
  J.D. Smith
  Jess Smith is a Ph.D. student in the English department with a focus on Creative Writing - Poetry. Her interests include the Russian Formalists and Modern Poetry, particularly the Objectivist Poets. She has published poems, essays, and reviews in Lumina, Sixth Finch, The Rumpus, Phantom Books, The Best American Poetry Blog, Luna Luna Magazine, and other journals. She was the winner of the 2012 Red Branch Journal Poetry Contest and has been awarded a Helen DeVitt Jones Fellowship from Texas Tech University. She received her MFA in Poetry from The New School in 2013 and is currently an associate editor at  Iron Horse Literary Review.

  Allison Spikes-Gilbert is an MA student in the English department with a specialization in linguistics.
  Brian Spreng
  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."
  Gerald Staley
  Lancia Stewart
brandon strubberg Brandon C. Strubberg | PhD candidate (TCR)
BA | Sam Houston State University | English Language and Literature
MA | Sam Houston State University | English Language and LiteratureResearch interests: rhetorics of science and healthcare, technology and culture, critical theory, writing pedagogy, and technical communicationPresentations:
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
  Emma Sutton is currently getting her masters in literature. She graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a BA in English and a double minor in Religious Studies and Honors. Her primary research interests thus far are Religion and Literature, Feminist literature/Women's Studies, and Southern Literature.
  Amber Tayama is an MA student in the English Creative Writing program with an emphasis in Fiction. She recently earned her BA in English at Texas Tech University. Her academic interest is in exploring how the bridge between mental disorders and literature is built by authors. She has been an active part of the Lubbock community for several years teaching at two non-profit centers, fundraising for the Special Olympics, and collecting donations for Hospice of Lubbock.
  Robby Taylor is a PhD student in English specializing in creative writing.
  Alissa Thayer | MATC (TCR)
  Jennifer Thomas
  Leah Thorne
Elizabeth Thorpe Elizabeth Thorpe | MATC (TCR)BA | Northern Arizona University | English, Philosophy
  Jeremy Tow is an MA student in the English program with a specialization in Creative Writing. While receiving his BA at Texas Tech, he completed his Honor's thesisWhen the Sky Falls, a short story which culminated research of local Dust Bowl oral histories. His current academic interests include writing fiction, African-American literature, teaching composition and continuing his research on the Dust Bowl.
  Charity Tran | PhD student (TCR)
  Kyle Traylor
  Michael R. Trice | PhD candidate (TCR)
michael.trice@ttu.eduBA | University of Texas | English
MA | Texas State University | Technical Communication
MA University of Leeds | Communication StudiesResearch interests: Online Deliberation, Usability on Civic Platforms, Games Documentation, Online Community Governance, Ethics of Information Architecture, Writing in the DisciplinesPublications:
"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 Presentations: 
"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
  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)
  David Vialard | PhD student (TCR)
david.vialard@ttu.eduBA | Marian College | History
MATC | Texas Tech University | Technical Communication and RhetoricResearch interests: Composition and rhetoric, technical | business | professional communication and media studies, pedagogy, andragogy, service learning, universal design, collaborative environments, community discourse, civic engagementPresentations: 
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 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.
  Kerrie Visconti | PhD student (TCR)
kerrie.visconti@ttu.eduBS | Lubbock Christian University | Organizational Management
MS | Texas Tech University | Business AdministrationResearch interests: organizational culture, technical communication, usability testing
Maggie Waldron Maggie Waldron | MATC (TCR)
maggie.waldron@ttu.eduBA | Lawrence University | Biology and Environmental StudiesResearch 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 CommunicationsResearch 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)
  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.
  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
  Elaine Wisniewski | PhD student (TCR)
BSE/MSE | University of Michigan| Industrial and Operations Engineering
MA | Eastern Michigan University | Written CommunicationResearch interests: Pedagogy of engineering communication, echnical communication program administration, Engineering workplace communication, Educational technology in the classroomPresentations: 
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.
  Vincent Yepez
 david young David Young | PhD student (TCR)
david.l.young@ttu.eduBS | Missouri University of Science and Technology | Chemical Engineering
MS | Missouri University of Science and Technology | Technical CommunicationResearch interests: Rhetoric of Science and Engineering, Cultural Rhetorics (East Asian, African-American)
Sandra Zapata Sandy Zapata | MATC (TCR)
sandra.p.zapata@ttu.eduBA | Florida International University | English
Certificate | Florida International University | Public and professional writingResearch interests: New Media, Race, Gender, Visual Rhetoric

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