PhD Carnegie Mellon University
Interests and Expertise
I earned my Ph.D. in Rhetoric in 1992 from Carnegie Mellon University. My first book,Interacting with Audiences: Social Influences on the Production of Scientific Writing(Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001), was based on research I carried out in my graduate program. I have also published numerous book chapters and journal articles addressing disciplinary genres, writing for audiences, ethics in qualitative research, the state of research in technical communication, and the acquisition of disciplinary writing skills. I am currently Professor and Graduate Coordinator for the department. I am also directing the campus’ Writing Across the Curriculum program, and for the past three years I have been very involved with the revision of our campus’ General Education program. Nationally, I serve as Treasurer of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, and I serve as a member of the Grants Committee for the Society of Technical Communication. My forthcoming textbook, with Cathy Fleischer, is titled, Becoming a Writing Researcher (it will be published by Lawrence Erlbaum in 2007). It introduces graduate students and professionals in the field of writing to qualitative research.
Recent Publications and Presentations