Research interests

Digital rhetoric
Rhetoric of science and technology
Rhetorical theory
Technical writing and communication
Curriculum and instruction in rhetoric and technical writing

My major publications in these areas are listed at the Publications link above.


Recent courses for undergraduates …

  • ENG 216, Technologies for Texts (spring 2002, fall 2004)
  • COM/ENG 321, Survey of Rhetorical Theory (fall 2009)
  • ENG 331, Communication for Engineering and Technology (spring 2004)
  • ENG 491H, Honors Seminar—Problems of Authorship: Plagiarism, Ghostwriting, Collaboration (spring 2005)

Recent courses for graduate students …

  • ENG 583/798, Emerging Genres (spring 2010)
  • CRD 702, Rhetoric and Digital Media (fall 2006, 2008, 2010)
  • ENG 514, History of Rhetoric (fall 2003)
  • ENG 515, Rhetoric of Science and Technology (spring 2007)
  • ENG 516, Rhetorical Criticism (spring 2009)

For more detail, see the Teaching link above.

Recent activities

Fellow, Rhetoric Society of America, 2010.

Keynote speaker, Carolina Rhetoric Conference, February 2010. Video and slides available on the CRDM Blog.

Gênero textual, agência, e tecnologia published by Editora Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 2009.

Editor of Rhetoric Society Quarterly, for 2008–12.

Guest professor, Department of Letters, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil, 16 July to 14 August 2007. I taught a four-week graduate course on “Where Do Genres Come From.” Here’s the syllabus. Check out my blog about this adventure.

Founding Director, Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, 2005–08. This interdisciplinary program is the result of collaborative planning on the part of faculty in Communication and English. It was approved by the UNC system in November 2004 after a lengthy proposal process, and the first class of students entered in fall 2005. I have just finished my term as director.