Jim Nugent

Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric

Oakland University Rochester, MI

Education

Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication, 2009.
Michigan Technological University.

Dissertation:

United States Certificate Programs in Technical Communication: A Feminist-Sophistic Investigation

Committee:

Robert R. Johnson, Chair
Ann Brady
Marika Seigel

M.A. in English Studies, 2003.
Illinois State University.

Specialization:

Technical Writing

Advisor:

Gerald J. Savage

B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science, 2001.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Publications

Edited Collections

Writing Majors: Eighteen Program Profiles. Edited with Greg Giberson and Lori Ostergaard. University Press of Colorado, 2015. ISBN: 978-0874219715.

Transforming English Studies: New Voices in an Emerging Genre. The Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition. Edited with Lori Ostergaard and Jeff Ludwig. Parlor Press, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-60235-097-7.

Articles

A New Major in the Shadow of the Past: The Professional Writing Track at Oakland University.” With Felicia Chong. Programmatic Perspectives 7.2, 2015.

A Survey of Technical Communication Certificate Programs.” Programmatic Perspectives 5.1, 2013.

“A Symposium on Mentoring the Work of WPAs.” Edited with Greg Giberson and Lori Ostergaard. WPA: Writing Program Administration Journal 35.1, 2011.

Chapters

“Cheese Pizza, Fake News, and Knowledge in Action: Why Information Literacy Matters.” With Elizabeth L. Wallis and Lori Ostergaard. Accepted for publication in Grizz Writes: A Guide to First-Year Writing at Oakland University. Edited by Megan Schoen and D.R. Hammontree. Fountainhead Press. Forthcoming 2017.

“Partnership as Process: Moving Toward an Integrated Undergraduate Writing Curriculum.” With Elizabeth L. Wallis and Lori Ostergaard. Appearing in Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks. Edited by Randall McClure. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016. (ISBN: 978-0-8389-8904-3).

“Writing Majors.” Introdution to Writing Majors: Eighteen Program Profiles. University Press of Colorado, 2015. (ISBN: 978-0874219715).

“Stakeholder Theory and Technical Communication Academic Programs.” With Laurence José. Appearing in Academy-Industry Relationships and Partnerships: Perspectives for Technical Communicators. Edited by Kirk St. Amant and Tracy Bridgeford. Baywood Press, 2014. (ISBN: 978-0-89503-906-4).

“Certificate Programs in Technical Communication: Through Sophistic Eyes.” Appearing in Design Discourse: Composing and Revising Programs in Professional and Technical Writing, edited by David Franke and Alexander Reid. The WAC Clearinghouse Press, 2010. (ISBN: 978-1-60235-165-3).

“Preservation and Transformation.” Introduction to Transforming English Studies: New Voices in an Emerging Genre. With Lori Ostergaard. Parlor Press, 2009. (ISBN: 978-1-60235-097-7).

National Presentations

The 68th Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, Oregon. March 15–18, 2017. “Five Years of Writing Program Excellence: Kairos.”

17th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. May 26–29, 2016. “Technical and Professional Writing has Been Down This Road Already: Rhetoric’s Place in the Writing Major Movement.”

The 43rd Annual Conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Logan, Utah. October 2, 2015. “Stakeholder Theory, Salience, and Program Administration.”

The 101st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, Illinois. November 29, 2015. “Analysis and Improvement of Written Radiology Reports: A Single Center Experience.” With Benjamin D. Lack, MD, and Kurt E. Tech, MD.

The 43rd Annual Conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Logan, Utah. October 2, 2015. “Stakeholder Theory, Salience, and Program Administration.”

The 66th Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, Florida. March 18–21, 2015. “Risks and Rewards in Writing Majors: A Roundtable Discussion.”

The 41st Annual Conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Cincinnati, Ohio. October 4, 2013. “A Report on U.S. Graduate Certificate Programs in Technical Communication.”

The 39th Annual Conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Harrisonburg, Virginia. October 7, 2011. “Technical Communication Program Curricula as Loci for Academy-Industry Stakeholder Negotiation.”

The 62nd Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, Georgia. April 6–9, 2011. “Kairotic Assessment: A Research-Based Approach to Writing Program Assessment.” With Betsy Allan.

The 13th Annual Conference of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, Louisville, Kentucky. March 17, 2010. “The Sophist and the Certificate: Theoretical and Practical Considerations for the Certificate Program in Technical Communication.” Poster presentation.

The 60th Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, California. March 11–14, 2009. “Developing a Pedagogy of International Technical Communication.” With Laurence José and Marika Seigel.

The 35th Annual Conference of the Council on Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Minneapolis, Minnesota. October 2–4, 2008. “Report of CPTSC-Sponsored Research on Certificate Programs in Technical Communication.” Poster presentation.

The 33rd Annual Conference of the Council on Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, San Francisco, California. October 12–14, 2006. “Certificate Programs in Technical Communication.” Part of the 2006 CPTSC Research Grant Presentations.

The 57th Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, Illinois. March 22–25, 2006. “The Coyote-Trickster Afield: Toward a Responsible Figuration for the Postmodern Technical Communicator.”

The Third Biennial Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, Houghton, Michigan. October 5–8, 2005. “Hutterites, Cyborg Corn, and Coyote-Trickster Pedagogy: Three Pathways toward Responsible Agency.” With Molly Hayenga and Erik Hayenga.

The 55th Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Antonio, Texas. March 24–27, 2004. “Toward a Defensible Articulation of English Studies.”

editorial Experience

Associate Editor, WPA: Writing Program Administration. Fall 2017–present. Worked with the lead editor to establish the intellectual direction of the journal, cooridnated the review of articles, worked with authors to develop their work, copyedited articles, and facilitated the production of issues.

Program Profile Editor, Composition Forum. Fall 2015–winter 2017. Solicited, selected, and performed substantive and formal editing on submissions for the program profile section.

Assistant Editor, WPA: Writing Program Administration. Spring 2009–spring 2012. Performed copyediting, review, and production functions.

Editing Consultant, Community Literacy Journal. Fall 2006. Consulted on editorial policies, copy flow, and digital content management issues for this upstart, peer-reviewed journal; developed a comprehensive style manual; and copyedited portions of the inaugural issue.

Professional Experience

Director of the Major in Writing and Rhetoric, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2015–present. Oversaw internships, directed thesis projects, and performed advising for undergraduate majors; directed curriculum development for the major program; and participated in major program assessment initiatives.

Consultant, William Beaumont Hospital Systems Based Learning (SBL) and Maintenance of Certification (MoC) Written Report Quality Project. Spring 2011. Offered research assistance and consultation for a project to improve the clarity and accuracy of radiological reports in clinical practice.

Graduate Assistant, The Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership, Michigan Technological University Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. Fall 2007–spring 2008. Assisted in the administration of an endowed program dedicated to complicating perspectives on diversity, leadership, technology, and communication among cohorts of select undergraduate students.

HU 3120 Teaching Resource Coordinator, Michigan Technological University. Summer 2006–spring 2007 . Coordinated with instructors and program directors to develop curricular materials for HU 3120: Scientific and Technical Communication.

Grant Writing Consultant, Governors State University Writing Center. Spring 2006. Consulted on an application for a Paul P. Fidler Research Grant intended to support student transitions into a baccalaureate degree–granting institution.

Assistant to the Chair of the Department of Humanities, Michigan Technological University. Fall 2005–spring 2006. Assisted Robert R. Johnson with the administration of the technical and scientific communication service course.

Application Developer, Governors State University Writing Center. Fall 2004. Overhauled and usability-tested the interface for a tutor session bookkeeping application.

Graduate Assistant, Illinois State University Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (CeMaST). Spring 2002–summer 2003. Edited and revised middle school curricula for publication as part of a National Science Foundation supported initiative.

Intern Web Developer, Illinois State University Laboratory for Integrated Learning and Technology (LILT). Summer 2002. Developed a database-driven, dynamic website directory for the department of English.

Participant, 53rd Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2002. Served as an assistant to the local planning committee.

Intern, Illinois State University Department of Marketing and Communication, Fall 2001. Copyedited Illinois State University's alumni magazine, Illinois State.

Teaching Experience

Assistant and Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2008–present. Developed and taught the following courses:

Graduate Assistant, Michigan Technological University Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. Developed and co-taught UN 1100 and  UN 1200: Pavlis Leadership Seminars I and II, the first-year course sequence comprising Michigan Technological University's Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership.

Graduate Teaching Instructor, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities. Fall 2003–summer 2008. Developed and taught the following courses:

Teaching Assistant, Illinois State University Department of English. Fall 2001. Co-taught ENG 101.10: Introduction to Language and Composition.

Tutor, Illinois State University Center for Learning Assistance. Fall 2001. Tutored undergraduate students in writing and mathematics.

Committees and Organizations Served

Chair, Assessment Committee, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2016–present. Coordinated assessment of Oakland University's largest course, WRT 160: Composition II.

Reviewer, Programmatic Perspectives, Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication. Winter 2016. Reviewed manuscripts for volume 8.1, a special issue on program research.

Member, Hiring Committee, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2014–spring 2015. Screened, interviewed, and selected applicants for the position of assistant professor: writing program administrator.

Panel Judge, Teaching Recognition Awards Committee, Department of Psychology, Oakland University. April 2016. Served as an outside member to rate applications for an annual faculty award.

Nonscientist Member, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Oakland University. Fall 2015–present. Reviewed animal research protocols and performed facilites inspections to ensure compliance with standards for ethical care.

Chair, Committee on the Major, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2015–present. Advised the department on curricular and administrative issues in the major program.

Member, First-Year Writing Committee, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2015–present. Advised the department on the administration of the first-year writing program, including courses in basic, introductory, and advanced composition.

Reviewer, The Tenth Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. Spring 2015. Ranked proposals for conference presentations as part of a double-blind, peer-review process.

Member, Assessment Committee, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2014–summer 2016. Completed assessment of the writing and rhetoric major program.

Member, Hiring Committee, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2012–spring 2013. Screened, interviewed, and selected applicants for the position of assistant professor in professional writing.

Chair, Classroom Technology Committee, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2011–spring 2013. Assessed student and faculty technology needs, advised the department on hardware and software procurement, and oversaw the department’s new media classrooms.

Member, Hiring Committee, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2011–spring 2012. Screened, interviewed, and selected applicants for the position of assistant professor in professional writing.

Member, Committee on the Major, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Summer 2011–fall 2015. Advised the department on curricular and administrative issues in the major program.

Member, Hiring Committee, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Spring 2011. Screened, interviewed, and selected applicants for the position of adjunct assistant professor: assistant to the writing program administrator.

Chair, Videoconference subcommittee of the Hiring Committee, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2010–spring 2011. Screened, interviewed, and selected applicants for the position of assistant professor in professional writing.

Chair and member, Committees to Redesign 400 and 400A Wilson Hall, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2010. Assessed instructor needs for a department computer classroom, implemented a redesign of the room using 3-D modeling software, and collaborated on a college grant to fund the implementation of the redesign.

Member, College of Arts and Sciences Assembly, Oakland University. Fall 2010–spring 2012. Served as an elected representative for the humanities.

Panel Judge, 2010 English Affiliate Website Award Competition, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Spring 2010. Assessed the websites of nominated NCTE affiliates to determine the winner of an annual award for excellence in web design.

Chair, Hiring Committee, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Spring 2010. Screened, interviewed, and selected applicants for positions as special lecturers in business writing.

Member, Hiring Committee, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Spring 2010. Screened, interviewed, and selected applicants for positions as special lecturers in first-year writing.

Editorial Consultant, Michigan Academician: Papers of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters, Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters. Spring 2010. Provided technical illustrations and production assistance for volume 38, issue 3.

Panel Judge, The Writing Excellence Awards, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Spring 2009, spring 2010, spring 2011, spring 2012, spring 2013, spring 2014, spring 2016, spring 2017. Evaluated and ranked nominations for the department’s annual undergraduate writing awards.

Member, University Committee on Undergraduate Instruction (UCUI), Oakland University. Fall 2008–spring 2011. Advised the university senate on policies and procedures concerning undergraduate education.

Member, The Community Literacy Journal Research Collective, Michigan Technological University. Spring 2007–spring 2008. Collaborated with select researchers to develop a scholarly and programmatic agenda for the journal.

Member, Rhetoric and Technical Communication Graduate Steering Committee, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities. Fall 2006–spring 2007. Served as the Ph.D. student representative.

Director, HU 3120 Instructor Development Initiative, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities. Spring 2005–summer 2006. Implemented a wiki-based content management system to promote instructor collaboration and development for HU 3120: Scientific and Technical Communication.

Member, Transportation Committee, The Third Biennial Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. Spring–fall 2005. Helped assess and develop solutions for the transportation needs of this international academic conference.

Representative, Graduate Student Council Representative, Michigan Technological University. Spring 2005–summer 2006. Served as Ph.D. representative for the humanities department.

Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities. Fall 2004–spring 2006. Worked to define policies for undergraduate curricula in the humanities.

Member, Technology Committee, Illinois State University Department of English. Fall 2002–spring 2003. Helped assess the technology needs of instructors and other stakeholder groups to inform department policy.

Secretary, Society for Technical Communication, Illinois Heartland Chapter. Spring 2003. Served as secretary on an interim basis.

Grants and Awards

2015–2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication Certificate of Writing Program Excellence. This award recognizes high quality writing programs in higher education; I researched and compiled the winning nomination report on behalf of Oakland University’s major program in Writing and Rhetoric.

Nomination, 2013 Teaching Excellence Award. January 2013. Oakland University. This university-wide award seeks to recognize innovation and growth in teaching.

Exceptional Graduate Student Scholar Award. April 2007. Michigan Technological University. This university-wide award recognizes outstanding contributions to research, publications, presentations, and other scholarly activities.

Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Research Grant. April 2006. Technical Communication Certificate Program Instructors: Their Situation and Professional Status. ($500.00). This grant supported research to develop data on the curricular and faculty makeup of certificate programs in technical communication.

Travel Grant. Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities, March 2004 and October 2006. ($200.00).

Graduate Student Council Travel Award. Michigan Technological University, March 2004 and October 2006. ($300.00).

Professional Development

Oakland University e-Learning and Instructional Support (e-LIS) Quality Online Teaching Certification Course. October 3–30 2016. Studied theories of effective pedagogy and instructional design for online environments.

9th Annual University of Windsor–Oakland University Teaching and Learning Conference. Windsor, Ontario. May 13–14, 2015. Explored teaching methods with a diverse group of presenters and panelists.

WPA Workshop, 2014 Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference. 13–16 August 2014. Participated in an intensive, four-day workshop led by Linda Adler-Kassner and Chuck Paine focusing on the principles of effective writing program administration.

CWPA Assessment Institute, 2014 Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference. 17 August 2014. Learned methods for effective program assessment through hands-on collaboration with Bob Broad and Diane Kelly-Riley.

Scientific and Technical Communication Portfolio Assessment Workshop, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities. 7 May 2007. Created new methods for assessing the professional portfolios of students in the Scientific and Technical Communication undergraduate degree program.

Literacy and Technology: Writing, Communicating, Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age—A Roundtable Discussion with Cynthia Selfe. Oakland University Department of Rhetoric, Communication, and Journalism, Rochester, Michigan. April 20–21, 2007. Discussed and developed new strategies for effective multimodal composition pedagogy.

The Colloquium and Germinal Event for the International Center for Scholarship in Technical, Professional, and Scientific Communication. Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan. August 10–13, 2005. Participated in conversation with noted scholars on the shape and direction of a new technical communication research center.

Computers in Writing-Intensive Classrooms–New Media Workshop (CiWIC-NM). June 1–14, 2005. Developed an interactive new media project as part of a 14-day workshop on new media theory and practice.

Invited Presentations

Rochester (Michigan) Parent Teacher Association Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Career Fair. May 2, 2015. Discussed writing careers with high school students and helped lead a video editing workshop. With Crystal VanKooten.

Department of Writing and Rhetoric Spring Conference, Oakland University. May 2, 2013. “The Rhetoric of Citation.” Presented on how to teach citation as a rhetorical rather than mechanical process.

Department of Writing and Rhetoric Faculty Professional Development Series, Oakland University. April 3 and 4, 2013. “Designing Rhetorical Assignments.” Provided strategies for recasting classroom assignments in terms of rhetorical theory.

Business Writing Workshop Series, Oakland University Administrative-Professional Assembly, Rochester Michigan. May 21, 2010; June 4, 2010; and October 15, 2010. "Writing Effective Correspondence," "Instructions and Procedures," and "Grammar."

Graduate Seminar on Critical Perspectives on Science and Technology, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan. December 8, 2009. “Feminist-Sophistic Methodology.”

Graduate Teaching Instructor Orientation, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities, Houghton, Michigan. August 22–30, 2007. “Designing Effective Syllabi.” With Laurence José.

Technical Communication Instructor Workshop, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities, Houghton, Michigan. May 10–11, 2007. “The Rhetoric of the Resumé and Cover Letter.”

STC Professional Development and Technology Practicum, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities, Houghton, Michigan. March 7, 2007. “Technical Communication in the 'Academic Track'.”

Graduate Teaching Instructor Orientation, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities, Houghton, Michigan. August 20–27, 2004. “Approaching the Visual in the Revisions Classroom.”

Ewing Manor English Studies Symposium, Normal, Illinois. April 21, 2003. “Going All the Way: A Guide to Interrogating Ph.D. Graduate Programs.”

Digital Proficiencies

Operating Systems

  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  • Linux

Production and Design

  • Microsoft Office Suite:
    • Access
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • Word
  • Adobe Design Software:
    • Acrobat
    • Dreamweaver
    • InDesign
    • Illustrator
    • Photoshop

Languages and Protocols

  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • PHP
  • SQL

Additional Software

  • Apache
  • Audacity
  • Camtasia
  • Corel Graphics Suite
  • iMovie
  • MediaWiki
  • Moodle
  • MySQL
  • SketchUp

Professional Affiliations