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Matthew Cox

Title: Coordinator, PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication / Assistant Professor
Office: Bate 2129
Phone: 252.737.1664
E-Mail: coxmat@ecu.edu


About

Matt Cox joined the ECU Department of English in 2012 and has a background in technical and professional communication and in rhetoric and writing studies. Currently, Dr. Cox is beginning work on several article-length pieces as well as a book length project on LGBT professional identity as narrative practice. He brings over 12 years of writing and editing experience in the book publishing and software documentation industries and has worked extensively as a freelance editor and web content consultant. He remains active in the Queer Caucus of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (4C) and in both the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) and Council for Programs in Scientific and Technical Communication (CPTSC). Additionally, Dr. Cox is actively involved with the ECU LGBT Resource Center as a trainer for the Safe Zones program, which seeks to create campus spaces where gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students can be open and supported. In addition to queer and LGBT rhetorics and workplace discourses, Dr. Cox is also interested in and researches community and cultural rhetorics more broadly as well as issues of race, class, gender, (dis)ability, and intersectionality in rhetoric and workplace communication. Dr. Cox is the current coordinator of the PhD program and also serves as an advisor to undergraduate majors in the English Department.

Education

B.A. English, Indiana University, Bloomington
M.S. Technical and Professional Writing, Utah State University
Ph.D. Rhetoric & Writing, Michigan State University

Research Interests

Queer rhetorics and LGBT rhetorics
Technical and professional writing
Rhetorics of Intersectionality
Cultural rhetorics and studies within professional writing
Studies in professionalization and identity as narrative

Courses Taught

ENGL 8630: Community and Cultural Rhetorics
ENGL7070: LGBT & Queer Theory and Literature
ENGL 7765: Special Topics in Technical & Professional Communication - Cultural Studies in TPC
ENGL 7705: Ethical Issues in Professional Communication
ENGL 7701: Research Methods in Technical & Professional Communication
ENGL 6715: Technical Writing
ENGL 6700: Technical Editing & Production
ENGL 3880: Writing for Business & Industry
ENGL 3820: Science Writing
ENGL 3040: Introduction to Professional Writing

Selected Publications and Presentations

Cox, Matthew B. "Working Closets: Mapping Queer Professional Discourses and Why Technical Communication Studies Needs Queer Rhetorics." Journal of Business & Technical Communication (Forthcoming late 2018).

Cox, Matthew B. with William P. Banks and Caroline Dadas (Eds.) Re/Orienting Writing Studies: Queer Methods, Queer Projects. Boulder, CO: Utah State University Press/University of Colorado Press (Forthcoming 2018).

Cox, Matthew B. and Caroline Dadas. "On queering professional writing." In Re/Orienting Writing Studies: Queer Methods, Queer Projects. Boulder, CO: Utah State University Press/University of Colorado Press (Forthcoming 2018).

Cox, Matthew B. "Shifting Grounds as the New Status Quo: Examining Theoretical Approaches to Diversity and Taxonomy in the Technical Communication Classroom" in Integrating Theoretical Frameworks for Teaching Technical Communication. Eds. Angela Haas and Michelle Eble (Forthcoming 2017).

Cox, Matthew B. and Michael Faris. "An Annotated Bibliography of Literature on LGBT and Queer Rhetoric." in Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society (2015).

Cox, Matthew B. and Michael Faris. "An Annotated Bibliography of Literature on LGBT and Queer Rhetoric." Re-printed in: The Best of the Independent Journals in Rhetoric and Composition 2016. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press (2017). 

Cox, Matthew B. "Queering Student Participation: Whispers, Echoes, Rants, and Memory." In The Rhetoric of Participation: Interrogating Commonplaces In and Beyond the Classroom. Eds. Paige Banaji, Lisa Blankenship, Lauren Obermark, and Katie DeLuca (Forthcoming 2017).

Cox, Matthew B. and Travis Webster. "Kairotic Gaze/Gays: LGBTQ Identity & Graduate Student Professionalization in the Humanities." In Metamorphosis: The Effects of Professional Development on Graduate Students (Fountainhead Press X Series of Professional Development). Eds. Sue Webb and Andrea Davis (2017).

Cox, Matthew B. with Danielle N. DeVoss, Karissa Chabot-Purchase, Phill Alexander, Barb Gerber, Donnie Johnson Sackey, Staci Perryman-Clark, Julie Platt, and Mary Wendt. "Teaching with Technology: Remediating the Teaching Philosophy Statement." Computers & Composition. Volume 29, Issue 1 (2012) 23-38.

Cox, Matthew B. with David E. Hailey Jr. and Emily Loader. "The Relationship Between Innovation and Professional Communication in the 'Creative' Economy." Journal of Technical Writing and Communication - Volume 40, Number 2, April 2010.

Cox, Matthew B. with Gina Kruschek, Carleigh Davis, Erin A. Frost,  and Michelle F. Eble. Writing in Professional Contexts (4th ed.). Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press. [custom textbook, not peer reviewed] (2017).