Areas of Expertise
Rhetoric of Science
Professional and Technical Writing
Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)
Book: The Language of Science. Routledge Press, 2005.
“Visual Rhetoric and the Promotion of Scientific Ideas: The Strange Case of the Prion,” Technical Communications Quarterly, forthcoming, 2011.
“Scientific Consensus,” In Susanna Priestly, ed. The Encyclopedia of Scientific Communication. The University of Chicago Press, 2010.
“Scientific Ethos,” In Susanna Priestly, ed. The Encyclopedia of Scientific Communication. The University of Chicago Press, 2010.
“What’s in a Gene Name: Mapping the Language of the Human Genome.” The Scientist. Feb. 28, 2005.
“Understanding Misunderstanding in Science.” Technical Communications Quarterly, summer, 2005.
“Can Scientific Language Create Scientific Consensus?” The Scientist. January, 2003.
“An Orthodox Heresy: Scientific Rhetoric and the Science of Prions.”
Scientific Communication. 24, 1, September, 2002: 98-122.
“Irrigation: The Political Economy of Personal Experience.” With Alan
France, in Teaching Writing: Landmarks and Horizons, ed. By Christina Russell McDonald and Robert L. McDonald. Southern Illinois University Press, 2002.
"Living on the Border: Ethotic Conflict and the Satiric Impulse." In
Coming to Class: Pedagogy and The Social Class of Teachers. ed. by Alan Shepard,John McMillan, and Gary Tate. Heinemann, 1998.
"Rhetoric and the AIDS Virus Hunt." Quarterly Journal of Speech.
"Language, Rhetoric, and AIDS: The Strategies and
Attitudes of Key Medical Scientists." Written Communication. Winter, 1996.
"Students as Satirists." Journal of College Teaching. Spring, 1995.
"Owning A Virus: The Rhetoric of Scientific Discovery Accounts."
Rhetoric Review. 10, no. 2 (Spring, 1992).
"Owning A Virus." Landmark Essays in Rhetoric. Ed. James J. Murphy.
"Establishing the Phenomenon: The Rhetoric of Early Research Reports
on AIDS." Written Communication 7, no. 3 (July, 1990).
"Argumentation in Medical Writing on AIDS." International Society for
the Study of Argumentation. Fall, 1991.
"The Rhetorical Role of Browning's Don Juan." The University of
Mississippi Studies in English, Fall 1989.
“Charity,” Flying Island. October, 2002.
"Homesick for Lubbock: The Metaphysics of Place," Texas Observer.
"Irrigation," Flying Island. December, 1994.
With Sara Dalton, “Edible Herbs,” Indianapolis Dine Magazine, March, 2007
Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)
Professor - English