Jim Nugent

Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric

Oakland University Rochester, MI

Education

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

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

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. Utah State University Press, 2015. (ISBN: 978-0874219715). Reviewed in WPA: Writing Program Administration, vol. 39, no. 2 and Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University, vol. 7.

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). Reviewed in Composition Studies, vol. 37, no. 2.

Articles and Chapters

“Written in Homely Discourse: A Case Study of Intellectual and Institutional Identity in Teaching Genres.” With Megan Schoen, Cindy Mooty, and Lori Ostergaard. Appearing in Writing the Classroom: Pedagogical Documents as Rhetorical Genres, edited by Stephen Neaderhiser. Forthcoming from Utah State University Press.

‘Other Stories to Tell’: Scholarly Journal Editors as Archivists.” With Lori Ostergaard. College English, vol. 81, no. 4 , 2019. Special issue Scholarly Editing: History, Performance, Future.

Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Ballots: Technical Communication and Trust in Electoral Systems.Technical Communication, vol. 65, no. 4, 2018. Special issue Election Technologies, Technical Communication, and Civic Engagement.

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

“Oakland University’s Major in Writing and Rhetoric.” With Greg Giberson and Lori Ostergaard. Writing Majors: Eighteen Program Profiles. University Press of Colorado, 2015. (ISBN: 978-0874219715).

A New Major in the Shadow of the Past: The Professional Writing Track at Oakland University.” With Felicia Chong. Programmatic Perspectives, vol. 7, no. 2, 2015.

“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, 2015. (ISBN: 978-0-89503-906-4).

A Survey of Technical Communication Certificate Programs.” Programmatic Perspectives, vol. 5, no. 1, 2013.

“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).

Instructional Chapters

“The Rhetoricity of Citation.” Grizz Writes: A Guide to First-Year Writing at Oakland University. Edited by Megan Schoen. Fountainhead Press. 2019. (ISBN: 978-1-68036-838-3)

“Cheese Pizza, Fake News, and Knowledge in Action: Why Information Literacy Matters.” With Elizabeth L. Wallis and Lori Ostergaard. Grizz Writes: A Guide to First-Year Writing at Oakland University. Edited by Megan Schoen and D. R. Hammontree. Fountainhead Press. 2017. (ISBN: 978-1-64485-109-8)

In Progress

“Not the Boss of Us: A Study of Two First-Year Writing Program Boss Texts.” With Reema Barlaskar, Corey Hamilton, Cindy Mooty, Lori Ostergaard, Megan Schoen, and Melissa St Pierre. Chapter accepted for Institutional Ethnography as Writing Studies Practice, edited by Michelle LaFrance and Melissa Nicolas. (In progress.)

National Presentations

Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference, Reno, Nevada, July 2020. “Navigating Publication.” With Lori Ostergaard and Jacob Babb. (Panel presentation accepted for a postponed conference.)

The 71st Conference on College Composition and Communication, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. March 25–28, 2020. “The Rhetoricity of Electronics Schematics and Some Cautions about Coding.” (Paper accepted for a canceled conference.)

Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, July 25–28, 2019. “Creating Inclusive Journals in Writing Studies.”

Computers and Writing Conference, Fairfax, Virginia, May 23–26, 2018. “Pedacodegy: Toward Best Practices for Phronetic Coding Instruction.”

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 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 Elizabeth G. 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

Editor and Associate Editor, WPA: Writing Program Administration. Fall 2017–present. Worked with co-editors to determine the intellectual direction of the journal, coordinated the review of articles, worked with authors to develop their work, authored a style manual, copyedited articles, and facilitated the production of issues.

Program Profile Editor, Composition Forum. Fall 2015–spring 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–summer 2020. Oversaw internships, directed thesis projects, and performed advising for undergraduate majors; directed curriculum development for the major program; and participated in major program assessment, review, and marketing initiatives.

Placement Evaluator, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2015–summer 2020. Evaluated student exemption portfolios for first-year writing and served as a reviewer for first-year writing placement exams.

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.

Curriculum Development

Proposed Courses

Proposals for General Education Attributes

Committees and Organizations Served

National

Reviewer, College English, National Council of Teachers of English. Fall 2020. Evaluated and provided developmental feedback on an article manuscript as part of a masked peer-review process.

Reviewer, 2020 National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. Spring 2020. Assessed proposals for presentations to be delivered at the annual conference in Denver, Colorado.

Member, Council of Writing Program Administrators Ad Hoc Web Committee. Summer 2019–spring 2020. Advised the council on the design and content of a new web presence.

Member, Council of Writing Program Administrators Publication Committee. Fall 2017–present. Established policies and determined strategic planning for the council’s flagship journal, WPA: Writing Program Administration.

Ex Officio Member, Council of Writing Program Administrators Executive Board. Fall 2017–present. Worked with council leadership to determine operational and budgetary policies.

Reviewer, Programmatic Perspectives, Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication. Spring 2016. Reviewed manuscripts for vol. 8, no. 1, a special issue on program research.

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 masked peer-review process.

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

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 vol. 38, no. 3.

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, 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.

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

University

Member, Responsible Conduct of Research Faculty Advisory Committee, Oakland University Research Office. Fall 2018–present. Coordinated the development of a new face-to-face program to train faculty on issues of research integrity.

Member, General Education Assessment Committee, Oakland University. Fall 2018–present. Worked to define university general education learning outcomes and advise departments on the design and implementation of robust course assessments.

Nonscientist Member, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Oakland University. Fall 2015–fall 2017. Evaluated animal research protocols and performed facilities reviews to ensure compliance with standards for ethical care.

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

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

College

Moderator, Great Lakes Regional Ethics Bowl, Department of Philosophy, Oakland University. Fall 2019. Facilitated collaborative and competitive debates about ethical issues with students from across Michigan and Ohio.

Member, College of Arts and Sciences Career Services Liaison Committee, Oakland University. Fall 2018–2020. Assisted in the development and roll-out of a campaign to increase student awareness of transferable skills and career-readiness.

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.

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

Department

Chair, Hiring Committee, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2017–spring 2018. Directed the hiring process for the position of assistant professor in first-year writing.

Chair, Assessment Committee, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2016–present. Oversaw department assessment initiatives including assessment of the major in writing and rhetoric and assessment of Oakland University’s largest course, WRT 1060: Composition II.

Chair, Committee on the Major, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2015–summer 2020. Advised the department on curricular and administrative issues in the major program.

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, First-Year Writing Committee, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2015–spring 2017. Advised the department on the administration of the first-year writing program, including courses in basic, introductory, and advanced composition.

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. Fall 2014–spring 2015. Screened, interviewed, and selected applicants for the position of assistant professor: writing program administrator.

Member, Assessment Committee, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2014–spring 2015. Performed data analysis, reporting, reviewing, and editing for the first assessment of the writing and rhetoric major program.

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

Chair, Videoconferencing 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.

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

Member, Hiring Committee, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2008–winter 2009. Screened, interviewed, and selected applicants for the position of assistant professor in first-year writing.

Member, Hiring Committee, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2008–winter 2009. Screened, interviewed, and selected applicants for the position of assistant professor in new media.

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, 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.

Grants and Awards

Order of the Plume Teaching Award. Spring 2017 and spring 2018. Oakland University College of Arts and Sciences. This student-nominated award recognizes outstanding teaching and commitment to high standards of student achievement.

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

2013 Teaching Excellence Award Nomination. January 2013. Oakland University. This competitive award recognizes 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.

Professional Development

Supporting Non-Tenure-Track Faculty: Innovative Campus Models. Association of American Colleges and Universities. March 31, 2020. This webinar discussed strategies for institutions to support non-tenure-track faculty in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Safeguarding Quality, Equity, and Inclusion as Learning Moves Online. Association of American Colleges and Universities. March, 27 2020. This webinar examined the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for digitally mediated instruction, educational access, and student success.

Program Assessment: A Workshop with Gloria Rogers. Oakland University. March 5, 2020. Reviewed best practices for the assessment of student learning, including methods for creating measurable learning outcomes and developing assessment methods aligned with student learning expectations.

Using Multiple Choice Questions for General Education Assessment: A Workshop with Linda Suskie. Oakland University. October 11, 2018. Learned how to design multiple choice instruments for use in course and program assessment initiatives.

Oakland University e-Learning and Instructional Support (e-LIS) Quality Online Teaching Certification Course. 3–30 October, 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. August 13–16, 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. August 17, 2014. Explored 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. May 7, 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

Oakland University Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop Series, Oakland University Research Office. “Responsible Authorship and Problems to Avoid.” November 1, 2019 and February 7, 2020. With Elysa White.

Dartmouth Summer Seminar for Composition Research. “Writing Winning Manuscripts.” July 9, 2019. Telepresentation with Lori Ostergaard and Jacob Babb.

Department of Writing and Rhetoric Spring Conference. “ML8th Style: What’s New in the MLA Handbook, Eighth Edition.” April 29, 2016. Overviewed the evolution of the MLA citation style while articulating some of its material and ideological underpinnings. With Megan Schoen.

Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference. “Publishing in WPA: Writing Program Administration.” July 20–23, 2017 With Lori Ostergaard, Jacob Babb, and Courtney Wooten.

Department of Writing and Rhetoric Spring Conference. April 29, 2016. “ML8th Style: What’s New in the MLA Handbook, Eighth Edition.” With Megan Schoen.

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 activity rather than a strictly mechanical process.

Department of Writing and Rhetoric Faculty Professional Development Seminars, Oakland University. April 3–4, 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

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

Languages and Protocols

  • CSS
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
  • SQL

Additional Software

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

Professional Affiliations