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Erin A. Frost

Title: Associate Professor
Office: Bate 2139
Phone: 252.328.5561
E-Mail: froste@ecu.edu


Erin A. Frost is a technical communication, rhetoric, and composition specialist who joined the ECU faculty in the fall of 2013. Her dissertation, "Theorizing an Apparent Feminism in Technical Communication," won the 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication Outstanding Dissertation Award in Technical Communication. Dr. Frost has an employment history as an investigative journalist, and she uses that experience to inform her teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses in professional and technical communication and rhetoric. Her scholarly interests center on issues of gender and feminism in technical communication, most often as they manifest in rhetorics of health and medicine, environmental rhetorics, and risk communication. Her work has appeared in Computers and Composition, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, Programmatic Perspectives, and Peitho.


B.A. Composition, Truman State University
B.A. Journalism, Truman State University
M.A. Professional Writing and Rhetorics, Illinois State University
Ph.D. English Studies, Illinois State University

Research Interests

Feminisms and Gender Studies
Rhetorics of Health and Medicine
Environmental Rhetorics
Risk Communication
Teaching with Technology

Courses Taught

ENGL 8780: Seminar in Technical and Professional Communication: Technology, Communication, and Embodiment
ENGL 7790: Public Interest Writing
ENGL 7765: Risk Communication
ENGL 7765: Rhetorics of Health and Medicine
ENGL 7750: Writing Public Science
ENGL 6702: Research Methods in Technical and Professional Communication
ENGL 4999: Professional Seminar
ENGL 4885: Digital Writing
ENGL 3885: Writing and Document Design
ENGL 3880: Writing for Business and Industry
ENGL 3820: Scientific Writing
HNRS 2011: Public Relations and Leadership: Writing Science for/with the Public

Selected Publications and Presentations 

For full publication information and for presentation history, visit Dr. Frost's vita.

Edited Special Issue

Meloncon, L., & Frost, E. A. (Eds.). (2015). The Rhetoric of Health and Medicine [Special issue].  Communication Design Quarterly, 3(4).

Journal Articles

Frost, E. A. & Haas, A. M. (2017). “Seeing and knowing the womb: Examining rhetorics of fetal ultrasound toward a decolonization of women’s bodies.” Computers and Composition: An International Journal.

Frost, E. A. (2016). “Apparent feminisms as a new theoretical approach to intervention in technical communication and rhetoric.” Journal of Business and Technical Communication 30(1): 3-28.

Moeller, M. E. & Frost, E. A. (2016). “Food fights: Cookbook rhetorics, monolithic constructions of womanhood, and field narratives in technical communication.” Technical Communication Quarterly, 25(1), 1-11.

Meloncon, L. & Frost, E. A. (2015). “Charting an emerging field: The rhetoric of health and medicine and its importance in communication design.” Communication Design Quarterly, 3(4), 7-14.

Combs, S., Frost, E. A., & Eble, M. F. (2015). “Collaborative course design in scientific writing: Experimentation and productive failure.” Composition Studies, 43(2).

Frost, E. A. (2015). “Apparent feminist pedagogies: Embodying feminist pedagogical practices at East Carolina University.” Programmatic Perspectives, 7(2), 110-131.

Frost, E. A. & Eble, M. F. (2015). “Technical rhetorics: Making specialized persuasion apparent to public audiences.Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, 4(2).

Frost, E. A. (2014).  An apparent feminist approach to transnational technical rhetorics: The ongoing work of Nujood Ali. Peitho, 16(2), 183-199.

Frost, E. A. (2014). “Apparent feminist pedagogies: Interrogating technical rhetorics at Illinois State University.” Programmatic Perspectives, 6(1), 110-131.

Frost, E. A. (2013). “Transcultural risk communication on Dauphin Island: An analysis of ironically located responses to the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.” Technical Communication Quarterly, 22(1), 50-66.


Frost, E. A. (forthcoming). “Apparent Feminism and Risk Communication: Hazard, Outrage, Environment, and Embodiment.” In Angela M. Haas & Michelle F. Eble (Eds.), Integrating theoretical frameworks for teaching technical communication. Utah State University Press.

Haas, A. M. & Frost, E. A. (2017). “An apparent decolonial feminist rhetoric of risk.” In Derek Ross (Ed.), Topic-driven environmental rhetoric. Routledge.

Frost, E. A. & Sharp-Hoskins, K. (2015). “Authorial ethos as location: How technical manuals embody authorial ethos without authors.” In Amy Robillard & Ron Fortune (Eds.), Authorship contested: Cultural challenges to the authentic, autonomous author (pp. 71-88). London: Routledge.


Cox, Matt B., Frost, Erin A., & Eble, Michelle F. (2014). Writing in Professional Contexts. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press.

Website Links

Erin A. Frost: Technical Communication. Rhetoric. Feminisms. Composition.