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Summer 2015 News Roundup

September 7, 2015


Pat Eliason's co-authored article is published: Conway-Klaassen JM, Thompson, JM, Eliason P, Rojas Collins M, Murie R, Spannaus-Martin DJ. Multilingual and Native English‐speaking Student Writers in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS): A Comparative Pilot Study. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Vol. 15, No. 4, August, 2015, pp.139-160. 

Chris Haas recently signed a contract with Bedford-St. Martin’s to co-edit—with Ellen Cushman and Mike Rose—a new edition of Literacy: A critical sourcebook. She anticipates that it will be available in time for CCCC in Spring, 2017. PhD students Sarah Puett and Elizabeth Mackey are Editorial Assistants on the book project.

Laura Pigozzi's book review of Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication, Williams & Pimental (Eds.) will be published in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication Vol. 45, Issue 3 (July 2015). 

RSTC alumna (2008) Smiljana Antonijevic has a new book, Amongst Digital Humanists coming out in October.

Jason Tham has just published a short piece in Intercom, a magazine for the Society of Technical Communication, on the potential use of Google Glass in technical communication and project management: Tham, Jason (2015). Through Glass: Reframing Technical Communication Practices via Google Glass, Intercom, 32-34.

Congrats to Ann Duin and Joe Moses on their recent publication: Duin, A. H. & Moses, J. K. (2015). Intercultural connectivism: Introducing personal learning networks. Rhetoric, Professional Communication and Globalization 7(1). 

Ed Hahn's article, "The Stactive Style: Whiteness and the Rhetoric of History" will appear in Rhetoric Society Quarterly sometime in 2016.

Joe Holt's short story manuscript, "Your Nightmare," has been named a finalist for the Hudson Prize, sponsored by Black Lawrence Press. The Hudson Prize is awarded annually to an unpublished collection of poems or short fiction. Stories from Holt's manuscript have previously appeared in Gulf Coast, New Ohio Review and Chicago Quarterly Review. 

Jacqueline Schiappa's chapter, currently titled "On Intersectional Activism: Lessons from Black Feminists on Black Twitter," was accepted for publication in a forthcoming edited collection, "Composing Feminist Interventions: Activism, Engagement, Praxis." Edited by Lee Nickoson and Kris Blair.

Donald Ross has published an article with Deborah Rossen-Knill, “Features of Written Argument,” in Argumentation, 2015, 27 pp.


Brian Larson has accepted a position as assistant professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communications at the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Trent Kays accepted a job as an assistant professor at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.

Jacqueline Schiappa was hired as a full-time visiting assistant professor in the Department of English at Augsburg College.

Abigail Bakke accepted a job as an assistant professor in the English Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Laura Pigozzi is staying on in Writing Studies as an instructor and advisor for our certificate and MS programs.

RSA Summer Institute

Professor Christina Haas attended the Rhetoric Society of America Institute in Madison, Wisconsin from May 31 to June 7. She participated in a Seminar on “Rhetorical Touch” and a Workshop on “Neuro-Rhetorics.” Both the workshop and the seminar are directly related to her in-progress book, The Writing Hand: Theory and Research on Embodied Literacy Practices.

Brian Larson led the data coding and inter-rater reliability team in the Rhetoric Society of America summer workshop titled "Building Sophware: Modeling Theoretical Approaches to Technical and Professional Writing with Computational Methods" held in Madison, Wisconsin, June 5-7.

Jarron Slater attended the RSA Summer Institute seminar entitled "'The War of Words,' A Rhetoric of Motives and Contemporary Rhetorical Theory," by Jack Selzer, Kyle Jensen, and Krista Ratcliffe.

Juliette Lapeyrouse-Cherry attended the "Theory Building in the Rhetoric of Health & Medicine" workshop led by Blake Scott, Jeff Bennett, and Jenell Johnson.

Scholarly Activities

Chris Lindgren finished up his year-long service with the CodeWork Collaborative. CodeWork was funded by UMN's Institute of Advanced Study, so he and his colleagues could organize events focused on different aspects of computer code and how it affects our lives, work, and scholarship. Their year-end report of activities and events can be found on their website. Chris helped organize the successful unconference. He also led the coordination and organization of the 2 multi-disciplinary panels: one related to software ethics, the other on the intersections of computing, programming, writing, and rhetoric. He will be publishing two interviews this month to put an endcap on his time with the collaborative: one with new media artist, Daniel Temkin, on Esolangs, and the other interview with digital rhetorician, Dr. Estee Beck, on algorithmic surveillance.

FYW Lecturer, Sarah Selz, spent three weeks in Wuhan, China this July to teach in the Summer English Communication Program at Huazhong Agricultural University. Sarah says, "My hope is that this experience will be both culturally and pedagogically informative for my work as an instructor in non-native speaker sections of first-year writing, for which I work with many Chinese students." 

Kim Strain, Kirsten Jamsen, Pamela Flash, Anne Fretheim, Sarah Selz, Susan Knutson, Tim Gustafson, and Debra Hartley held a Writing Multilingual Writer Specialist Retreat at the Center for Writing during May session (2015) to research and discuss approaches to supporting instructors teaching multilingual writers across the curriculum including SWS (Student Writing Support) consultants and WRIT instructors.

Jason Tham was invited to host a technology session for new international graduate students during the 2015 Global Gopher Week (September 1-4, 2015) at UMN. He introduced new international Masters and PhD students to university-wide IT and essential learning technologies, as well as productive tools for building and maintaining scholarly identities online. The Global Gopher Week is a collaborative initiative organized by the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and Graduate School, supported by the Council of International Graduate Students (CIGS).

Laura Pigozzi has had a paper accepted to the Discourses of Health & Medicine Symposium titled "Participatory Research: Giving a Voice." She was also invited to write a chapter for an edited volume on methodologies for the rhetoric of health and medicine coming out of the above symposium.

Elizabeth Mackey led a virtual Teaching Talk in collaboration with Women in Technical Communication on August 20. The talk focuses on the difficulty of developing and maintaining a teaching persona for women in technical communication, and it responds to issues like #‎ilooklikeaprofessor‬ and dealing with gender stereotypes and challenges in the classroom.

Ryan Eichberger presented an analysis of changing public science visualizations over the last thirty years, "Science Communication and the Dream in the Mind: An Analysis of the Cosmos Television Show, Then and Now," at the 11th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) in June.

Juliette Lapeyrouse-Cherry presented a paper entitled "Growing Vegetables, Grounding Culture, and Valuing Place: Environmental and Agrarian Rhetorics at a Southern Youth Gardening Program" at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference in Moscow, ID, in June.


Professor Laura Gurak accepted an invitation to serve on the Board of Permanent Reviewers of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.