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 Second Vice-President for the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ARSTM).
Recently I have 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. I have published on some of these techniques in IEEE Trans. Pro. Comm., and in Technical Writing and Communication. I am also interested in experiential learning and have worked with several high tech companies. Experiential learning through co-op education is another area I am especially interested in understanding, and am currently running a study related to co-op here at Waterloo.
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).