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, digital rhetoric and new media literacy, 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.
Most of my work involves rhetoric in some form, though I’ve been more recently focused on environmental concerns, representations of scientific research, and risk literacy/communication. My next project concerns the rhetoric surrounding deliberations about geoengineering (climate engineering) and how the persuasive forces behind those arguments are formed.
Back in 2016, I finished a book project that focuses on the relationship of classical rhetoric, technology, and mobility studies for the Routledge series “Studies in Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Culture” called Communicating Mobility and Technology: A Material Rhetoric for Persuasive Transportation, which received positive reviews in IEEE Transactions of Professional Communication, Communication Design Quarterly, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, and Transfers. It also won the 2018 CCCC award in the category of Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication. I’m originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but now call Corvallis, OR home. You can find more information about my teaching, research, and service here and can contact me at ehren [dot] pflugfelder [at] oregonstate.edu.
Oregon State University page: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/users/ehren-pflugfelder
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