AR Mehlenbacher looking into camera in professional photo.Welcome! I am an associate professor specializing in rhetorical theory and science communication at the University of Waterloo. Before coming to Waterloo in 2015, I spent a year as an Assistant Professor of Communication, Networks, and Innovation in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. In addition to my duties at Waterloo, I am a General Co-Editor, with Carolyn R. Miller, at Genre Across Borders. Previously I served as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ARSTM) from 2019-2021 and as President of ARSTM from 2018-2019.

My research is situated in the field of rhetorical studies. I am author of On Expertise (under contract with Penn State University Press), Science Communication Online: Engaging Experts and Publics on the Internet (The Ohio State University Press, 2019), and co-editor, with Carolyn R. Miller, of Emerging Genres in New Media Environments (Palgrave, 2017). Presently, my work is funded through an Early Researcher Award (ERA) from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (2017-2022), an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada (2018-2022), a Bob Harding and Lois Claxton Humanities and Social Sciences Endowment Fund grant (2020-2022), and a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Science Communication Skills grant (2020-2021).

In 2020, I won the Rhetoric Society of America Fellows’ Early Career Award, which recognizes the research accomplishments of early career researchers working in rhetorical studies; in 2018, I won the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program at North Carolina State University, which is given to alumni who have conducted exemplary interdisciplinary research and also disciplinary and community engagement; and, in both 2017 and 2020, I won an Outstanding Performance Award from the University of Waterloo, which recognizes faculty who make exceptional contributions in teaching and scholarship.

I live in the Waterloo Region where my partner and collaborator, 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).