Faculty and Staff - Digital Rhetoric

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    David M Rieder

    Associate Director
    Tompkins Hall 232A


    David M Rieder is Associate Professor of English, Assoc. Dir. of the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media PhD program (CRDM), and Co-Director of Circuit Research Studio at NC State University. His research is at the intersections of digital media theory, digital rhetoric/writing, physical computing, and digital humanities. Recent publications and some of his digital works can be found in Kairos, Computers and Composition Online, Hyperrhiz, Present Tense, Itineration, and Enculturation. Three recent digital works were in exhibitions at Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), in 2012 and 2014; others have been on display at national and regional conferences. His forthcoming book with Parlor Press is titled Suasive Iterations: Rhetoric, Writing, and Physical Computing.

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    Dr Carolyn Rae Miller

    Emeritus Professor


    Carolyn R. Miller retired as SAS Institute Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Technical Communication in June 2015, after 42 years on the NC State faculty. Her research interests include genre studies, digital rhetoric, rhetorical theory, and rhetoric of science and technology. This work has explored rhetorical concepts of invention, agency, kairos, ethos, and community and the polis, and her work has been foundational to rhetorical genre studies. Her professional service includes terms as president of the Rhetoric Society of America and editor of its journal, Rhetoric Society Quarterly. She was named a Fellow of the Rhetoric Society of America in 2010 and Fellow of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing in 1995. At NC State, she served as founding director of the CRDM program; she also served as founding director of the M.S. in Technical Communication. She has been a member of the university’s Academy of Outstanding Teachers since 1984 and in 1999 was named Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor. She has held visiting appointments at Michigan Tech, Penn State, Georgia Tech, the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil, and University of Louisville. She has lectured in Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Great Britain, Italy, Norway, and South Korea.

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    Dr Hans Dodds Kellner

    Winston Hall 13
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    Dr Robert L Schrag

    Winston Hall 229


    Robert L. Schrag has taught at NC State since 1980. He is a member of the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers and was named NC State Alumni Distinguished Professor in 1993. He teaches the undergraduate core required course COM 250 Communication and Technology, the DE GEP course [COM 200-601] Communication Media in a Changing World, as well as a number graduate and undergraduate courses on the media, technology and art. A founding member and senior fellow of the American Communication Association, Dr. Schrag has published in their online journal The American Communication Journal. He edited the journal for several years. His work also appears in traditional journals such as Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Communication Education, and The Western Journal of Communication. He has also authored several academic books and works of juvenile fiction, including Taming the Wild Tube: A Family Guide to Television and Video [UNC Press, 1991] and Mystery on Isle Royale [Chapter & Verse Publishing, 2000]. His current activities focus on the use of digital interactive technology in artistic and expressive communication. His digital art has been displayed at the North Carolina Museum of Art, a variety of East coast galleries and, as a result of being one of the winners in the inaugural Art-on-the-Move competition sponsored by the Raleigh Arts Commission, on the sides of Raleigh city buses.

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    Dr Jason Swarts

    Tompkins Hall 131E


    Jason Swarts is a Professor in the English Department at NC State University. He is the Director of the Professional Writing Program and teaches courses on theory and research in technical communication, networks, and discourse analysis. His research focuses on genres of instructional communication, distributed work, and mobility.

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    Dr Helen J Burgess

    Associate Professor
    Tompkins Hall 276


    Dr Burgess has primary research interests in electronic literature, multimodal composition, physical computing and science fiction studies. Long a practitioner of scholarly multimedia publishing, she is coauthor of Red Planet (Markley, Higgs, Kendrick, Burgess 2000) and Biofutures (Mitchell, Burgess, Thurtle 2008), both in DVD-Rom format, and Highways of the Mind (Burgess, Hamming 2014, Penn Press), a multi-touch book for iPad. She is a member of the board of directors of the Electronic Literature Organization and editor of Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures. She holds a PhD in English from West Virginia University.

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    Huiling Ding

    Associate Professor
    Tompkins Hall 131C


    Dr. Huiling Ding’s research focuses on how nation states and transnational communities coped with global epidemics such as HIV/AIDS, SARS, H1N1 flu, and Zika through mediated outbreak communication and health risk communication. Her publications examined rhetoric of health and medicine, digital rhetoric, social justice, financial communication, intercultural communication, workplace communication, scientific communication, and comparative rhetoric. Dr. Ding is the author of the award-winning book titled Rhetoric of a Global Epidemic: Transcultural Communication about SARS, which received National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) 2016 Best Book Award in Technical and Scientific Communication. In addition, her articles won the 2013 Nell Ann Pickett Award for Best Article in Technical Communication Quarterly and the 2008 Editor’s Pick New Scholar Award from Written Communication. She serves on the Research Committee of CCCC, the Executive Committee of Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, and editorial boards of leading journals such as Technical Communication Quarterly, Written Communication, and Rhetoric, Globalization, and Professional Communication.

  • Dr Emily Winderman

    Assistant Professor
    Winston Hall 222


    After earning her Ph.D. in Rhetorical Studies from the University of Georgia in 2015, Dr. Winderman is thrilled to join the Communication Studies faculty at NCSU.  Her research explores the role of public emotions in the constitution of collective identity in controversies related to women's reproductive healthcare.  In addition to exploring contemporary issues in women's reproductive health, Dr. Winderman also examines the function of emotional appeals in historical discourses so that we might better understand the development of our current reproductive moment.