Jim Nugent

Contact

Work

Dept. of Writing and Rhetoric
O’Dowd Hall 378

Oakland University

Rochester, MI 48309

(248) 370-3792

Online

Web:

     tech-rhet.net

 

Email:

     nugent@oakland.edu

Education

Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication, 2009.
Michigan Technological University.

Specializations:

Technical Communication
Sophistic Rhetorical Theory

Dissertation:

United States Certificate Programs in Technical Communication: A Feminist-Sophistic Investigation

Committee:

Robert R. Johnson, Chair
Ann Brady
Marika Seigel

M.A. in English Studies, 2003.
Illinois State University.

Specialization:

Technical Writing

Advisor:

Gerald J. Savage

B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science, May 2001.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Publications

Article. “A Survey of Technical Communication Certificate Programs.” Programmatic Perspectives 5.1, 2013. <http://www.cptsc.org/pp/vol5-1/nugent.pdf>.

Book chapter. “Certificate Programs in Technical Communication: Through Sophistic Eyes.” Appearing in Design Discourse: Composing and Revising Programs in Professional and Technical Writing, edited by David Franke and Alexander Reid. The WAC Clearinghouse Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-1-60235-165-3. <http://wac.colostate.edu/books/designdiscourse/>.

Edited collection. Transforming English Studies: New Voices in an Emerging Genre. The Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition. Edited with Lori Ostergaard and Jeff Ludwig. Parlor Press, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-60235-097-7. <http://www.parlorpress.com/transforming>.

Introduction. “Preservation and Transformation.” Appearing in Transforming English Studies: New Voices in an Emerging Genre. With Lori Ostergaard. Parlor Press, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-60235-097-7. <http://www.parlorpress.com/transforming>.

Conference proceedings. “Certificate Programs in Technical Communication.” Appearing in Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Council on Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication: Meeting Challenges of the New Economy. 2006. <http://www.cptsc.org/pro/2006.pdf>.

National Presentations

The 39th Annual Conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Harrisonburg, Virginia. October 7, 2011. “Technical Communication Program Curricula as Loci for Academy-Industry Stakeholder Negotiation.”

The 39th Annual Conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Harrisonburg, Virginia. October 7, 2011. “CPTSC Research Grants: Overviews, Updates, and Perspectives.”

The 62nd Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, Georgia. April 6–9, 2011. “Kairotic Assessment: A Research-Based Approach to Writing Program Assessment.” With Betsy Allan.

The 13th Annual Conference of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, Louisville, Kentucky. March 17, 2010. “The Sophist and the Certificate: Theoretical and Practical Considerations for the Certificate Program in Technical Communication.” Poster presentation.

The 60th Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, California. March 11–14, 2009. “Developing a Pedagogy of International Technical Communication.” With Laurence José and Marika Seigel.

The 35th Annual Conference of the Council on Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Minneapolis, Minnesota. October 2–4, 2008. “Report of CPTSC-Sponsored Research on Certificate Programs in Technical Communication.” Poster presentation.

The 33rd Annual Conference of the Council on Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, San Francisco, California. October 12–14, 2006. “Certificate Programs in Technical Communication.” Part of the 2006 CPTSC Research Grant Presentations.

The 57th Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, Illinois. March 22–25, 2006. “The Coyote-Trickster Afield: Toward a Responsible Figuration for the Postmodern Technical Communicator.”

The Third Biennial Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, Houghton, Michigan. October 5–8, 2005. “Hutterites, Cyborg Corn, and Coyote-Trickster Pedagogy: Three Pathways toward Responsible Agency.” With Molly Hayenga and Erik Hayenga.

The 55th Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Antonio, Texas. March 24–27, 2004. “Toward a Defensible Articulation of English Studies.”

Grants and Awards

Exceptional Graduate Student Scholar Award. April 2007. Michigan Technological University. This university-wide award recognizes outstanding contributions to research, publications, presentations, and other scholarly activities.

Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Research Grant. April 2006. Technical Communication Certificate Program Instructors: Their Situation and Professional Status. ($500.00). This grant supports research to develop data on the curricular and faculty makeup of certificate programs in technical communication.

Travel Grant. Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities, March 2004 and October 2006. ($200.00).

Graduate Student Council Travel Award. Michigan Technological University, March 2004 and October 2006. ($300.00).

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2008–present. Developed and taught the following courses:

Graduate Assistant, Michigan Technological University Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. Developed and co-taught UN 1100 and  UN 1200: Pavlis Leadership Seminars I and II, the first year sequence comprising Michigan Technological University's Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership.

Graduate Teaching Instructor, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities. Fall 2003–summer 2008. Developed and taught the following courses:

Teaching Assistant, Illinois State University Department of English. Fall 2001. Co-taught one section of ENG 101.10: Introduction to Language and Composition.

Tutor, Illinois State University Center for Learning Assistance. Fall 2001. Tutored undergraduate students in writing and mathematics.

Professional Experience

Assistant Editor, WPA: Writing Program Administration Journal. Spring 2009–spring 2012. Performed editorial duties and consulted on issues related to digital content management.

Graduate Assistant, The Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership, Michigan Technological University Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. Fall 2007–spring 2008. Assisted in the administration of an endowed program dedicated to complicating perspectives on diversity, leadership, technology, and communication among cohorts of select undergraduate students.

Editing Consultant, Community Literacy Journal. Fall 2006. Consulted on editorial policies, copy flow, and digital content management issues for this upstart, peer-reviewed journal; developed a comprehensive style manual; and copyedited portions of the inaugural issue.

HU 3120 Teaching Resource Coordinator, Michigan Technological University. Summer 2006–spring 2007 . Coordinated with instructors and program directors to develop curricular materials for HU 3120: Scientific and Technical Communication.

Grant Writing Consultant, Governors State University Writing Center. Spring 2006. Consulted on an application for a Paul P. Fidler Research Grant intended to support student transitions into a baccalaureate degree–granting institution.

Assistant to the Chair of the Department of Humanities, Michigan Technological University. Fall 2005–spring 2006. Assisted Robert R. Johnson with the administration of the technical and scientific communication service course.

Application Developer, Governors State University Writing Center. Fall 2004. Overhauled and usability-tested the interface for a tutor session bookkeeping application.

Graduate Assistant, Illinois State University Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (CeMaST). Spring 2002–summer 2003. Edited and revised middle school curricula for publication as part of a National Science Foundation supported initiative.

Intern Web Developer, Illinois State University Laboratory for Integrated Learning and Technology (LILT). Summer 2002. Developed a database-driven, dynamic website directory for the department of English.

Participant, 53rd Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2002. Served as assistant to the local planning committee.

Intern, Illinois State University Department of Marketing and Communication, Fall 2001. Copyedited Illinois State University's alumni magazine, Illinois State.

Committees and Organizations Served

Classroom Technology Committee. Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Fall 2011–present. Assessed student and faculty technology needs, advised the department on hardware and software procurement, and oversaw the department’s new media classrooms.

Committee on the Major. Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University. Summer 2011–present. Advised the department on the writing major curriculum and program administration.

College of Arts and Sciences Assembly, Oakland University. Fall 2010–spring 2012. Served as an elected representative for the humanities.

University Committee on Undergraduate Instruction, Oakland University. Fall 2008–spring 2011. Advised the university senate on policies and procedures concerning undergraduate education.

The Community Literacy Journal Research Collective, Michigan Technological University. Spring 2007–spring 2008 . Collaborated with select researchers to develop a scholarly and programmatic agenda for the journal.

Rhetoric and Technical Communication Graduate Steering Committee, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities. Fall 2006–spring 2007. Served as Ph.D. student representative.

HU 3120 Instructor Development Initiative, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities. Spring 2005–summer 2006. Implemented a wiki-based content management system to promote instructor collaboration and development for HU 3120: Scientific and Technical Communication.

Transportation Committee, The Third Biennial Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference. Spring–fall 2005. Helped assess and develop solutions for the transportation needs of this international academic conference.

Graduate Student Council Representative, Michigan Technological University. Spring 2005–summer 2006. Served as Ph.D. representative for the humanities department.

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities. Fall 2004–spring 2006. Worked to define policies for undergraduate curricula in the humanities.

Technology Committee, Illinois State University Department of English. Fall 2002–spring 2003. Helped assess the technology needs of instructors and other stakeholder groups to inform department policy.

Society for Technical Communication, Illinois Heartland Chapter. Spring 2003. Served as interim secretary.

Professional Development

Scientific and Technical Communication Portfolio Assessment Workshop, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities. 7 May 2007. Created new methods for assessing the professional portfolios of students in the Scientific and Technical Communication undergraduate degree program.

Literacy and Technology: Writing, Communicating, Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age—A Roundtable Discussion with Cynthia Selfe. Oakland University Department of Rhetoric, Communication, and Journalism, Rochester, Michigan. April 20–21, 2007. Discussed and developed new strategies for effective multimodal composition pedagogy.

The Colloquium and Germinal Event for the International Center for Scholarship in Technical, Professional, and Scientific Communication. Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan. August 10–13, 2005. Participated in conversation with noted scholars on the shape and direction of a new technical communication research center.

Computers in Writing-Intensive Classrooms–New Media Workshop (CiWIC-NM). June 1–14, 2005. Developed an interactive new media project as part of a 14-day workshop on new media theory and practice.

Invited Presentations

Business Writing Workshop Series, Oakland University Administrative-Professional Assembly, Rochester Michigan. May 21, 2010; June 4, 2010; and October 15, 2010. "Writing Effective Correspondence," "Instructions and Procedures," and "Grammar."

Graduate Seminar on Critical Perspectives on Science and Technology, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan. December 8, 2009. “Feminist-Sophistic Methodology.”

Graduate Teaching Instructor Orientation, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities, Houghton, Michigan. August 22–30, 2007. “Designing Effective Syllabi.” With Laurence José.

Technical Communication Instructor Workshop, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities, Houghton, Michigan. May 10–11, 2007. “The Rhetoric of the Résumé and Cover Letter.”

STC Professional Development and Technology Practicum, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities, Houghton, Michigan. March 7, 2007. “Technical Communication in the 'Academic Track'.”

Graduate Teaching Instructor Orientation, Michigan Technological University Department of Humanities, Houghton, Michigan. August 20–27, 2004. “Approaching the Visual in the Revisions Classroom.”

Ewing Manor English Studies Symposium, Normal, Illinois. April 21, 2003. “Going All the Way: A Guide to Interrogating Ph.D. Graduate Programs.”

Digital Proficiencies

Operating Systems

  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  • Linux and UNIX variants

Production and Design

  • Microsoft Office Suite:
    • Access
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • Word
  • Adobe Design Software:
    • Acrobat
    • Dreamweaver
    • InDesign
    • Illustrator
    • Photoshop

Languages and Protocols

  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • PHP
  • SQL

Additional Software

  • Apache
  • Audacity
  • MATLAB
  • MediaWiki
  • Moodle
  • MySQL

Professional Affiliations