My name is Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder and I’m an Assistant Professor of professional, technical, and scientific writing in the school of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University, where I am also currently the Director for Undergraduate Studies. I teach courses in a range of topics, including technical and professional writing, the teaching of writing, digital rhetoric and new media literacy, and science and environmental writing. 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. My most recent research focused on the relationship of classical rhetoric, technology, and mobility studies and in 2016, I finished a book project that focuses on the same for the Routledge series “Studies in Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Culture.” The book is called Communicating Mobility and Technology: A Material Rhetoric for Persuasive Transportation and has 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. In my spare time, I bike, brew beer, try to pet neighborhood cats, and curse at yardwork.
Hear me talk about my research on the Research in Action podcast:
At the moment, I’m switching research gears a bit and reading my way into scholarship on the rhetoric of science and risk rhetoric, among other things. With luck, I’ll start publishing some of that work in the coming year.
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