I’m an Associate Professor of technical and scientific writing in the school of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University where I teach courses in a range of topics, including technical writing, science and environmental writing, the teaching of writing, graduate STEM writing, and rhetoric theory. I have a PhD in rhetoric and composition, with a focus in technical writing, from Purdue University, an MA from Case Western Reserve University, and a BSE from Slippery Rock University. I’m originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but now call Corvallis, OR home.
Most of my work involves rhetorical theory in some form, and while I focused on mobility and transportation for a time, more recently I’m focusing on environmental concerns, representations of scientific research, and environmental risk literacy and communication. My second book, Geoengineering, Persuasion & the Climate Crisis will be coming out in 2022 from The University of Alabama Press. It concerns how geoengineering rhetoric is formed, where it comes from, and how it may very well create new alliances in the future. My first book, Communicating Mobility and Technology came out in 2017 through Routledge and won the 2028 2018 CCCC best book in technical or scientific communication.
I also published research in technical communication and rhetoric journals including Technical Communication Quarterly, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Rhetoric Review, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and the Journal of Science Communication. Recently, I’ve tried to emphasize researching and publishing with graduate students, both those in OSU’s Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture MA and the Environmental Arts and Humanities MA. You can find more information about my teaching, research, and service here and can contact me at ehren [dot] pflugfelder [at] oregonstate.edu.
I’m also available via:
Twitter: twitter.com/EhrenHelmut (though I’m never there)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pflugi (again, never there)
Hear me talk about my research on the Research in Action podcast: