East Carolina University
Department of English
PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication

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Baker, Alana

Edwin "Burt" Aycock


BA: English, Appalachian State University
MA: Technical Communication, East Carolina University

Research Interests: User-centered technology, discourses of innovation, and patents as teachable genres.


Alana Baker


BA: English, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

MA: English, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Research Interests: Exploring intersections in composition theory, creative writing theory and technical communication theories as they apply to writing pedagogy; examining written interactions between cross-cultural communities; applying rhetorical theories of ethos in pop culture.

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Christina Bethel


BA: English, East Carolina University

MAT: English Education, East Carolina University

MA: English, East Carolina University

Research Interests: Intra/intercultural rhetorics in popular culture with an emphasis on video games and animation, communities of practice and affinity spaces as they apply to framing and performance, critical pedagogy in composition.


Janine Butler


BA: English, University of Maryland, College Park

MA: English, Montclair State University

Research Interests: editing and publishing, identity, multilingual writing, multimodality and accessibility, visual/digital rhetorics, writing program administration.


Bob Buchko


BS: Technical Writing, Carnegie Mellon University
MA: Professional Writing, Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interests: Workplace communication in a software development environment; software usability testing

Patrick Carr


BA: English, St. Bonaventure University
MA: English, University of Rochester
MS: Library Science, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Research interests: Representations of organizational identity and legitimacy in discourse; evolutions in these representations; discourses of preservation; discourses concerning the roles and functions of academic and research libraries


J.A. Dawson


BA: English, East Carolina University
MA: English, (Technical & Professional Communication), East Carolina University

Research Interests: Professional communication and social change in global contexts

Liz Dennis

Elizabeth Dennis


BA: Communications, Gardner-Webb University
MA: Professional Communication, Clemson University

Research Interests: Teaching pedagogy in college composition and rhetoric, visual rhetoric, digital identities, rhetorical theory.

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Guyla Evans


BSMT, Medical Technology (Clinical Laboratory Science), East Carolina University
MAEd, Adult Education, East Carolina University

Research Interests:  Construction of patients and discourses encouraged/suppressed by electronic health records


Kerri Flinchbaugh


BS: English, East Carolina University
MAEd: English, East Carolina University

Research Interests:  writing pedagogy, writing centers, WAC and WID, reading and writing as social activities


Katrina L. Hinson


BA: English, East Carolina University
MA: English, East Carolina University

Research Interests: Discourse and cultures, digital learning environments, gender and identity issues, the role of women in chick-lit discourse,  literacy education and technology.

Chad Holt

R. Chad Holt


BA: Philosophy, Carson-Newman College

MAR: Religion, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Research Interests: Middle East cultural rhetorics, critical discourse analysis, use of visual rhetorics in identity construction.

Whitney Larrimore


BA: Communications, Methodist University
MA: English and Literature, Fayetteville State University

Research interests: Rhetoric and pedagogy studies, teaching theory and practice



Randy Bernard Marfield


BA: English, Postcolonial Literature, University of Belize
MA: English, Multicultural Literature, East Carolina University

Research Interests: how language, culture and social identity are altered or affected by adopting cultural, discursive and rhetorical practices of dominant cultures in a global society


Tabitha Miller


BA: Education, The Ohio State University
MA: English-Multicultural Literature, East Carolina University

Research Interests: Cultural discourses and developmental studies curriculums



Gregory J. Orme


BS: Graphic Design, University of Cincinnati
BA: Journalism, Thomas Edison State College
MPA: Public Administration, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Certificate: Nonprofit Management, Duke University
Research Interests: Communication in organizations and education, public policy, popular culture, and visual rhetoric

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Therese Pennell

BA: English Education at the University of Belize
MA: English with a concentration in Technical and Professional Communication with a certificate in Multicultural and Transnational Literature at East Carolina University

Research Interests: online education, international policies affecting education (specifically distance education), and international/intercultural technical communication.

Guy Douglas Solomon


BS: Georgia Tech
MBA: Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Blood donation, altruism, activity theory, genre, writing, technical writing, rhetoric and advertising



Kimberly Denise Thompson


BA: Anthropology, East Carolina University
MA: English, (Literature), East Carolina University

Research Interests: Japanese media, gender studies, multicultural literature, technology and identity, visual and bodily rhetoric


Deborah Welsh


AA: Legal Science, Saddleback College, CA
BA: Political Science, East Carolina University
MPA: Public Administration, East Carolina University

Research Interests: Rhetoric used in the courtroom in felony criminal and complex civil cases; jury decision-making; teaching writing to adult students, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and/or Writing Across the Disciplines (WID)



Stephanie West-Puckett


BA: English, North Carolina Wesleyan College
MA: English, East Carolina University

Research Interests:  Digital media and composition, teacher inquiry, service-learning and community engagement, writing program administration