RCPC MA Graduates

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Amanda Arp (2016) earned her BA in English with minors in Professional Writing and Creative Writing at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She has worked as a Writing Coach at the University of Northern Iowa’s Writing Center. Amanda is currently a PhD student in the Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication program and a graduate teaching assistant for the Speech Department; Amanda teaches three sections of Speech Communication: Fundamentals of Public Speaking. She is interested in pedagogy, composition, creativity, and the connections between speech and writing.

Major Professor: Barbara Blakely

Thesis title: Examining student metacognition when self-evaluating public speaking



carlson_nina2Nina Carlson (2015) is currently a Content Manager at ctrl QS in Berlin, Germany. She earned English and German B.A. degrees from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. During her time at Iowa State, Nina worked as the Instructional Development Graduate Assistant for the Engineering-LAS Online Learning department and as the Writing Skills Specialist at the Student Support Services Program. For her creative component, Nina collaborated with local and international engineering firms to rewrite and redesign a poorly translated technical manual.

Major Professor: Charles Kostelnick

Creative Component: Technical manual redesign for Eaton



graham_scottS. Scott Graham is the director of the Scientific and Medical Communications (SAMComm) Laboratory and an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His principal research expertise is in cross-domain scientific and medical communication, with particular emphases on 1) expert and public stakeholder participation in science-policy deliberation and 2) catalyzing transdisciplinary research aimed at addressing wicked health/environmental problems. Scott’s recent book, The Politics of Pain Medicine: A Rhetorical-Ontological Inquiry (2015, University of Chicago Press), chronicles three years of ethnographic research and nearly ten years archival research into interdisciplinary pain medicine and related public policy. He explores the resonance between pain science’s efforts to establish an integrated mind/body approach to treating pain and the new materialist movement in science and technology studies.

Major Professor: Michael Mendelson

Thesis title: Towards a dialogic theory of new media literacy



Jackie Hoermann (2013) currently works as Assistant Director of the New Media Writing Studio at Texas Christian University (TCU), holding events and consultations with faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students interested in learning more about technologies that support multimodal composing. Much of the “WOVE” curriculum she taught through the ISUComm classes still influences her teaching of freshman-composition courses at TCU, Texas Wesleyan University, and the extended education courses she’s developed on social media writing and blog writing. She also writes for The Dallas Morning News on a monthly basis

Major Professor: Geoffrey Sauer

Thesis: Revising First-Year Composition Curriculum to Empower Students through Multimodal Composing




Amy Harris-Tehan holds an M.A. in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication. She is currently the Training and Development Coordinator for the Office of the Vice President for Research at Iowa State. She is active in the University community, and continues to pursue development opportunities in adult learning.

Major Professor: Geoffrey Sauer

Creative Component: Toward Employee Engagement and Satisfaction: Organizational Training with Adult Learning, User-centered Design, and Agile Project Management Theories




Holt_Pam1Pamela Holt attended ISU from 2007-2013, gaining her BA in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and a minor in Technical Communication, then an MA in Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Communication. After teaching at NIACC for one year, she returned to ISU as a Lecturer, where she intends to continue pursuing excellence as an educator.

Major Professor: Ben Crosby

Thesis: Borrowed identity: the Tea Party and the ethos of WEB DuBois’ “Preacher”




Sarah Pike (2012) completed her doctoral coursework in Rhetoric and Composition at Texas Christian University and served as a fellow with Wendy Davis’ gubernatorial campaign after graduating from Iowa State. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah and works in digital PR as an Outreach Strategist at CLEARLINK. She’s also a freelance writer for Zillow and an adjunct writing and speech professor. When she’s not writing or teaching, she spends her time volunteering in Salt Lake at Primary Children’s Hospital and at her undergrad institution, Westminster College.

Major Professor: Barb Blakely

Thesis title: Embracing Civility, Community, and Citizenship: A Qualitative Study of Multimodal College Composition Classrooms



Piper_Allison1Allison Piper (2016) earned her BS in Public Relations at Illinois State University with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She earned her masters degree in the Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication program, and is a lecturer for the English department. Her interests include pedagogy, political rhetoric, and women’s and gender studies.

Major Professor: Geoff Sauer

Thesis title: Stereotyping femininity in disembodied virtual assistants



Leslie Shapy (2016) earned her BA in English/Creative Writing with a minor in Communication/Media Studies from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. She has worked as the Editor in Chief of the St. Norbert Times, as well as a Dedicated Customer Care Specialist and Social Media Writer for HumanaDental in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Leslie earned her MA in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication. She was also a TA for the English department and taught foundation communication courses. Leslie is interested in pedagogy, women’s and gender studies, eugenics, and scientific rhetoric.

Major Professor: Margaret LaWare

Thesis title: A close reading and concept-oriented rhetorical and literary analysis of Margaret Sanger’s eugenics-based discourse