Faculty Research Interests

Faculty members in the Professional Writing program bring in-depth backgrounds throughout a broad scope of research interests, to develop students’ capabilities in communicating complex information with clarity for a variety of subjects, audience levels, and purposes.

Faculty Member Research Interest
Chrysanthe Demetry 
  • Women in engineering and outcomes of K-12 outreach
  • Materials science and engineering education
  • Pedagogical research, course design, and measurement of student learning
  • Project-based learning
  • Experiential international education
Jennifer deWinter   
  • Computer game theory
  • Cultural studies
  • Writing assessment
  • Computer game development
  • Professional writing
Michael Elmes   
  • The role of place in business research and education
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Workplace governance, control, and resistance
  • Business education including ethics and social entrepreneurship
  • Leading organizational change
  • Organizational resilience
Brent Faber    
  • Organizations and change
  • Health care systems
  • Epistemology
  • Analytics, metrics
Lorraine D. Higgins   
  • Rhetoric and composition
  • Writing across the curriculum
  • Medical communication
Ryan Smith Madan 
  • Politics of language and education
  • Cultures of scholarship and cultures of teaching
  • Narrative knowledge-making; narrative-writing pedagogies
  • Two-year-college composition
  • Post-colonial theory
Angel A. Rivera   
  • Modernity and modernization
  • Caribbean literature
  • Film studies
  • Gender studies
  • Literary theory
Scott P. Runstrom 
  • Information architecture
  • User and task analysis
  • Digital media and online communication
  • Usability testing
Ruth Lynette Smith    
  • Moral grammars and rubrics of abstraction
  • Social contracts and civil discourse criteria
  • Constructions of moral and rhetorical agency
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