Welcome! I am an assistant professor specializing in rhetorical theory and an Ontario Early Researcher Award holder (2017-2022). I am also a General Editor at Genre Across Borders, a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Genre Research at the University of Copenhagen, and the First Vice-President for the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ARSTM).
My research examines how science communication is changing with new—especially networked—technologies and also with different communities becoming involved in scientific research and policy-making. My research is especially concerned with public participation in scientific research (citizen science), expertise and ethos in scientific research, and expertise and expert networks. Recently I've published on crowdfunding strategies for science in Technical Communication Quarterly and on citizen science in the Canadian Journal of Communication.
Recently I have also published a co-edited volume, Emerging Genres in New Media Environments (2017). I have also recently published on Gertrude Buck's cognitive metaphor theory (2017) and argument schemes and rhetorical figures of speech for computationally tractable argument detection (2017).
In the classroom, I often experiment with innovative pedagogies, particularly in online learning environments, techniques I have reported in IEEE Trans. Pro. Comm. and Technical Writing and Communication. I am also interested in experiential learning and have worked with several high tech companies. Course I have taught include:
- Theory and Practice of Technical Communication (Waterloo)
- Qualitative Methods in Professional Communications & UX Research (Waterloo)
- Grant Writing (Waterloo)
- Technical Editing (Waterloo)
- Communication and Social Networks (Purdue)
- Communication for Science and Research (NC State)
- Communication for Engineering and Technology (NC State)
- Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society (NC State)
I live in the Waterloo Region where my husband, Dr. Brad Mehlenbacher, and I enjoy “a house full of books, and a garden of flowers” (borrowing from Andrew Lang's 1884 Ballade of True Wisdom).