Matthew Cox

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Bate 2129
Phone: 252.737.1664


Matt Cox joined the ECU TPC faculty in 2012 and has an extensive background in both technical and professional communication as well as rhetoric and writing studies. He continues to work on a book length project on LGBT professional identity as narrative practice within a Fortune 500 workplace. He is also working on several collaborative projects including an edited collection on queer methodologies in rhetoric and writing studies. Dr. Cox also 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 as a trainer for the Safe Zones program at East Carolina University, which seeks to create campus spaces where gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students can be open about their lives. In addition to queer and LGBT rhetorics and workplace discourses, Dr. Cox is also interested in and researches cultural rhetorics more broadly as well as issues of race, class, gender, (dis)ability, and intersectionality in workplace communication. Dr. Cox also serves as an advisor to undergraduate majors in the English Department.


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

Research Interests

Technical and professional writing
LGBT and queer rhetorics
Cultural rhetorics and studies within professional writing
Studies in professionalization and identity as narrative

Courses Taught

ENGL 8630: Community and Cultural Rhetorics
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. "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. "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.