Michelle F. Eble

Title: Associate Professor
Office: Bate 2112
Phone: 252.328.6412
E-Mail: eblem@ecu.edu


Michelle F. Eble is associate professor, specializing in rhetoric and technical/professional communication at East Carolina University. Her research interests include technical writing theory and practice, especially as it relates to rhetorical intervention/engagement, gender studies, and technology; organizational cultures and writing practices especially in medical, health, scientific and academic settings; and professional development and mentoring networks. She has published in Computers and Composition, Technical Communication, and Technical Communication Quarterly and several edited collections. She is the co-editor of Stories on Mentoring: Theory and Praxis (Parlor Press, 2008), co-author of Primary Research & Writing: People, Places, Spaces (Routledge, 2016), and co-editor of Reclaiming Accountability: Using the Work of Re/Accreditation and Large-Scale Assessment to Improve Writing Instruction and Writing Programs (Utah State UP, 2016). Currently, she serves as Chair of ECU's Behavioral and Social Sciences Institutional Review Board, and President of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW). She has just completed a project, Key Theoretical Frameworks for Teaching Technical Communication in the 21st Century (with Dr. Angela M. Haas), which will provide scholars of technical communication with the first collection of essays focused on using social justice and cultural theories to design and teach contemporary undergraduate and graduate courses in technical communication. She is also at work on a project that examines how institutional rhetorics discipline certain bodies. She is especially interested in exposing the gendered ways that scientific/medical/health rhetorics and academic rhetorics privilege certain knowledges over embodied knowledges and how we can intervene in these practices.


B.A. University of Southwestern Louisiana
M.Ed. Georgia State University
Ph.D. Georgia State University

Research Interests

Technical Writing Theory & Practice
Health and Medical Rhetorics
Institutional Rhetorics and Program Administration
Research Ethics
Mentoring Networks

Courses Taught

ENGL 8601: Advanced Research Methods
ENGL 8100: Seminar in Professional Development
ENGL 7785: History of Professional Communication
ENGL 7766: Special Studies: Communication & Emerging Technologies
ENGL 7765: Special Topics: Writing in/for the Health Professions
ENGL 7745: Teaching Professional Communication
ENGL 7712: Grant & Proposal Writing
ENGL 7705: Ethical Issues in Professional Communication
ENGL 7600: Research Methods in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication
ENGL 6715: Technical Writing
ENGL 5780: Advanced Writing for Business & Industry
ENGL 4885: Digital Writing
ENGL 3895: Topics in Technical and Professional Writing
ENGL 3885: Writing and Document Design
ENGL 3880: Writing for Business & Industry
ENGL 3870: Introduction to Editing & Abstracting
ENGL 3820: Scientific Writing
ENGL 3040: Introduction to Professional Writing
ENGL 2201: Writing about the Disciplines  

Selected Publications and Presentations

Reclaiming Accountability: Using the Work of Re/Accreditation and Large-Scale Assessment to Improve Writing Instruction and Writing Programs  Eds. Wendy Sharer, Tracy Ann Morse, Michelle F. Eble, and William P. Banks. Logan: Utah State UP. 2016.

Research and Writing: People, Places, and Spaces by Lynee Lewis Gaillet and Michelle F. Eble. Routledge, 2016.

"Collaborative course design in scientific writing: Experimentation and productive failure." (with D. Shane Combs and Erin A. Frost) Composition Studies , 43 (2) (2015).

"Technical rhetorics: Making specialized persuasion apparent to public audiences." (with Erin A. Frost). Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, 4(2) (2015).

"Giving Voice to the Silenced: Using Critical Discourse Analysis to Inform Crisis Communication Theory (with Carolyn Dunn). Journal of Business Ethics, 2014.

Stories of Mentoring: Theory & Praxis. (Edited with Lynee Lewis Gaillet). Parlor Press, 2008.

"Digital Delivery and Communication Technologies: Understanding Content Management Systems through Rhetorical Theory." Content Management: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice. Amityville. Eds. Geoge Pullman and Baotong Gu. NY: Baywood Press. 2008.

"Digital Spaces, Online Environments, and Human Participant Research: Interfacing with Institutional Review Boards." (with William Banks) Digital Writing Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Ethical Issues. Eds. Danielle DeVoss and Heidi McKee. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2007. 27-47.

"Educating 'Community Intellectuals': Rhetoric, Moral Philosophy, and Civic Engagement." (with Lynée Lewis Gaillet) Technical Communication Quarterly 13.3 (Summer 2004), 341-354.

Website Links

Graduate Studies @ ECU