Jared Colton
Ph.D., Clemson University

Dr. Colton started at Utah State University in the fall of 2014. His research addresses the intersections of rhetorical theory, ethics, and politics within technical communication and related fields, from concerns of pedagogy to social justice. He is particularly interested in how classical and contemporary ethical frameworks inform the production, practice, and critique of collective activism via social and mobile media and accessibility technologies. He has published in Enculturation, the Journal of College Science Teaching, and the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.

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Colton, J. & Holmes, S. (Accepted). A Social Justice Theory of Active Equality for Technical Communication. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication.

Colton, J. (2016). Revisiting Digital Sampling Rhetorics with an Ethics of Care. Computers and Composition: An International Journal.

Colton, J. & Walton, R. (2015). Disability as Insight into Social Justice Pedagogy in Technical Communication. Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, 8. Retrieved from https://jitp.commons.gc.cuny.edu/disability-as-insight-into-social-justice-pedagogy-in-technical-communication/

Avery Edenfield
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. Edenfield has been at Utah State University since Fall 2016. Her research agenda works at the intersections of professional communication and community-embedded workspaces with specific attention to cooperatives, collectives, and nonprofits. Her research interests include participation, rhetorics of empowerment and democracy, and community engagement in professional communication. Dr. Edenfield’s work appeared in Nonprofit Quarterly.

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Edenfield, A. (Accepted). “Power and Communication in Worker Cooperatives: An Overview.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication.

Andersson, F. & Edenfield A. (2015). “Nonprofit Governance and the Power of Things.” Nonprofit Quarterly, Summer (2015), 52-59.

Keith Grant-Davie
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Dr. Grant-Davie has been at Utah State University since 1991. From 1999 to 2011 he was the department’s Director of Graduate Studies and advisor to students in the online master’s program in Technical Writing. His research interests are in rhetorical theory and technical communication and rhetoric. He has published in JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory, Rhetoric Review, The Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, and Computers and Composition, and his research topics have included rhetorical situations, strategic redundancy, Gestalt principles of perception, and online graduate program administration. His current research interests are the rhetoric of silences and spaces, apologies, image repair, and crisis communication.

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Cargile Cook, K. & Grant-Davie, K. (2013). Online Education 2.0: Evolving, Adapting, and Reinventing Online Technical Communication. Baywood Publishing Company.

Cargile Cook, K. & Grant-Davie, K. (2005). Online Education: Global Questions, Local Answers. Baywood Publishing Company.

John McLaughlin
Ph.D., University of Kansas

Dr. McLaughlin has been at Utah State University since 1993. Before that time he spent a number of years working for defense and space contractors as a marketing and proposal specialist. He has successfully written proposals to the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and various other non-profit funding organizations. He was a senior interrogation instructor in the US Army Reserve and has applied these skills to advanced technical interviewing. His main research area is in linguistics and recent publications include grammars of the Timbisha and Shoshoni languages.

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McLaughlin, John E. (2013). Causative Development in Numic. In Martin Lachout (Ed.), Aktuelle Tendenzen Der Sprachwissenschaft: Ausgewählte Beiträge Zu Den GeSuS-Linguistiktagen an Der Metropolitan Universität Prag, 26-28. (pp. 399-408). Philologia - Sprachwissenschaftliche Forschungsergebnisse, Band 176. Hamburg: Dr Kovač.

McLaughlin, John E. (2012). Shoshoni Grammar. Languages of the World/Materials 488. Munich: Lincom Europa

McLaughlin, John E. (2006). Timbisha. Languages of the World/Materials 453. Munich: Lincom Europa.

Ryan Moeller
Ph.D., University of Arizona

Dr. Moeller has been at Utah State University since 2004, teaching courses in technical communication and rhetoric, rhetorical theory, and the rhetorics of technology. His research is focused on how the discourse surrounding emergent technologies affects human agency within organizations, especially those within the consumer electronics and computer gaming industries. His work has appeared in Technical Communication Quarterly, Kairos, fibreculture, Game Studies, Computers and Composition Online, Programmatic Perspectives, Works and Days, and in edited collections.

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Moeller, R.M., Walton, R., & Price, R.J. (Fall 2015). Participant agency and mixed methods: Viewing divergent data through the lens of genre field analysis. Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society 5(1). Retrieved from http://www.presenttensejournal.org/volume-5/participant-agency-and-mixed-methods-viewing-divergent-data-through-the-lens-of-genre-field-analysis/

deWinter, J. & Moeller, R.M. (Eds.). (2014). Computer Games and Technical Communication: Critical Methods and Applications at the Intersection. Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 334 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4724-2640-6

Moberly, K., & Moeller, R.M. (2014). Working at play: Modding, revelation, and transformation in technical communication. In J. deWinter & R.M. Moeller (Eds.), Computer Games and Technical Communication: Critical Methods and Applications at the Intersection. (pp. 189-211). Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

Rebecca Walton
Ph.D., University of Washington

Dr. Walton has been at Utah State University since 2011. Her research interests include social justice, qualitative methods for cross-cultural research, and the use and perception of information technology in resource-constrained environments (such as the Global South and humanitarian organizations). Primarily a field researcher, she has collaborated with organizations such as the Red Cross, Mercy Cops, and Microsoft Research to conduct research in countries including Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, and India. Her work has appeared in journals such as Technical Communication Quarterly, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, and Information Technologies and International Development.

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Walton, R. (2016). Supporting human dignity and human rights: A call to adopt the first principle of human-centered design. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 46(4) 402-426.

Walton, R., Zraly, M., & Mugengana, J. P. (2015). Values and validity: Navigating messiness in a community-based research project in Rwanda. Technical Communication Quarterly, 24(1), 45-69.

Rose, E., & Walton, R. (2015, July 16-17). From factors to actors: Implications of posthumanism for social justice work. In Proceedings of the 33rd ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication, SIGDOC 2015. ACM, article 33.