Michele Simmons

Michele SimmonsDirector of Professional Writing
Associate Professor

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


EDUCATION

Ph.D. Rhetoric and Composition, Professional Writing, Purdue University 2000

M.A., Professional Communication, Clemson University

B.A., English, University of Tennessee

TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Visual rhetoric
  • Rhetoric of science and technology
  • Technical communication and usability
  • The public sphere and civic discourse
  • Research methods
RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Public participation in environmental policy
  • Community–based writing and literacy
  • Digital media
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Participation and Power: A Rhetoric for Civic Discourse in Environmental Policy. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007.
  • “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/
  • “The Poly Chemical Risk Assessment Case.” With Jeff Grabill. In Professional Writing Online. Eds. James Porter, Johndan Johnson–Eilola, and Patricia Sullivan. Boston: Allyn & Bacon/Longman Press. 2001.
  • “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

Dr. Simmons currently has under review several articles, including “Encouraging Civic Engagement through Extended Community Writing Projects: Rewriting the Curriculum.”