Michele Simmons

Michele SimmonsDirector of Professional Writing
Associate Professor

374 Bachelor Hall
Oxford Campus
513 529 5221
simmonwm@MiamiOH.edu


EDUCATION

PhD, Rhetoric and Composition, Professional Writing, Purdue University 2000

MA, Professional Communication, Clemson University

BA, English, University of Tennessee

TEACHING + RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • public rhetorics & civic engagement
  • research methodologies
  • professional writing
  • usability & UX
  • digital writing
  • environmental communication
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books

Articles and Chapters

  • Simmons, Michele. Engaging Circulation in Urban Renewal. In Laurie Gries and Collin Gifford Brooke, Eds. Circulation, Writing, and Rhetoric. Utah State University Press, 2018.
  • Staggers, Julie and Simmons, Michele. Secret/Agent. In Kristen Moore and Daniel Richards Eds. Posthuman Praxis in Technical Communication. Routledge. 2018.
  • Amidon, Tim, and Simmons, Michele. Negotiating "Messy" Research Context and Design Through Adaptive Research Stances: Experience Report. SIGDOC ’16. Proceedings of the 34th Annual ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication. Article No. 26, Silver Springs, Md, September 2016.
  • Sullivan, Patricia, and Simmons, Michele. “A User Experience Study of Annual Activity Reports: Bridging Context and (In)visible Technoservice Work of Technical Communication Faculty. SIGDOC '16: Proceedings of the 34th Annual International Conference on the Design of Communication. Article no. 47, Silver Springs, Md, September 2016.   
  • Simmons, Michele, Moore, Kristen. & Sullivan, Pat. Mentoring Women Faculty in Technical Communication: Identifying Needs and the Emergence of Women in Technical Communication. Programmatic Perspectives 7(2), pp. 277-297, Fall 2015. http://www.cptsc.org/pp/vol7-2/simmons.pdf
  • Sullivan, Patricia, Simmons, Michele, Moore, Kristen, Meloncon, Lisa, Potts, Liza. Intentionally Recursive: A Participatory Model for Mentoring. Proceedings of the 33th Annual ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication. July 2015.
  • Simmons, Michele, Moore, Kristen, and Sullivan, Patricia. Tracing Uncertainties: Methodologies of a Door Closer. In Nathaniel Rivers and Paul Lynch Eds. Thinking with Bruno Latour in Rhetoric and Composition. Southern Illinois U Press, 2015.
  • Zoetewey, Meredith, Simmons, Michele, and Grabill, Jeffery. Evaluating Civic Engagement: Responding to Online Spaces for Public Deliberation. In Danielle Devoss and Heidi McKee Eds., Digital Writing Assessment and EvaluationComputers and Composition Digital Press, 2013. 
  • Simmons, W. Michele,  Zoetewey, Meredith W. Productive Usability: Fostering Civic Engagement in Online Spaces. Technical Communication Quarterly, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p251-276, 2012. 
    Winner of the 2012 Nell Ann Pickett for Best Article in Technical Communication Quarterly
  • Simmons, Michele. Encouraging Civic Engagement through Extended Community Writing Projects: Re-writing the Curriculum. The Writing Instructor: Technology Disruptions Of/In the Pedagogies of Professional Writing, 2010. http://www.writinginstructor.com/simmons
  • “Toward a Civic Rhetoric for Technologically and Scientifically Complex Places: Invention, Performance, and Participation.” College Composition and Communication58:3 (February 2007): 419-448. With Jeff Grabill.
  • “Adapting: Online Learning Environments, Visual Pedagogy, and Active Learners.”Innovations: A Special Issue of the Romantic Circles Pedagogy Commons, December 2004. http://www.rc.umd.edu/pedagogies/commons/innovations/
  • “Toward a Critical Rhetoric of Risk Communication: Producing Citizens and the Role of Technical Communicators.” With Jeff Grabill. Technical Communication Quarterly, 7.4 (Fall 1998): 415-441. Winner of the 1998 Nell Ann Pickett Award for Best Article in Technical Communication Quarterly.

Reprinted in Essays in Professional Writing and Rhetoric: Readings from the Field. Ed. Tim Peeples. Boston: Allyn & Bacon/ Longman. 2002.

  • Rethinking the Safe Drinking Water Act. Center for Policy Studies Special Report Series, Clemson University, February 1995.
  • “Studying Risk at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.” (with C. C. Travis) Federal Facilities Journal, 3.3 (Autumn 1992): 295-300.
WORK IN PROGRESS

Simmons is currently working on a book project entitled, Post-industrial Publics: Rustbelt Revitalization. This research examines the rhetoric that enables and disables long-term civic engagement in more chronic situations including urban renewal. The book aims to offer a framework for building sustainable civic engagement in urban revitalization.