Patricia Wojahn

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Biographical Statement:

  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University 
    • Specializations in computer-mediated communications, research methodologies, peer review and collaborative writing, and assessing technologies for writing and reading
  • M.A. in English, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale B.A. in English, St. Cloud State University
    • Specializations in composition and rhetoric

Teaching Emphases and Research Interests:

  • technical, scientific, and professional communication
  • technology and communication
  • document planning and testing
  • usability
  • small group communication
  • collaboration
  • writing in the disciplines

Courses Recently Taught: 

  • ENGL 318: Advanced Technical and Scientific Writing
  • ENGL 478: Document Design
  • ENGL 5/661: Topics in Writing Program Administration
  • ENGL 571: Composition Theory and Pedagogy
  • ENGL 572: Technical-Professional Communication: Theory and Pedagogy
  • ENGL 577: Workshop in Technical and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 4/579: Computers and Writing
  • ENGL 548: Research in Written Composition
  • ENGL 562: Client Practicum
  • ENGL 585: Preparing a Professional Portfolio
  • ENGL 602: Quantitative Research


  • “When the First Language You Hear is Not English: Challenges of Language Minority College Composition Students” (accepted for inclusion in Transitions and Disruptions: Resident Multilingual Students Writing in High Schools, Vocational Schools, and Colleges (Under review; Eds. Christina Ortmeier-Hooper and Todd Ruecker). Patti Wojahn, Beth Brunk-Chavez, Kate Mangelsdorf, Mais Al-Khateeb,, Karen Tellez-Trujillo, Laurie Churchill, and Cathilia Flores.
  • “Positioning Rhetoric at The Heart of the Matter: Engaging Faculty, Engaging Students.” Under review in Rhetoric Society of American Conference Proceedings 2014. Jane Detweiler, Margaret R. LaWare, Thomas P. Miller, Patti Wojahn.
  • Crossing Borders, Drawing Boundaries: The Rhetoric of Lines Across America (in press, Utah State University Press). Co-edited with Barbara Couture
  • “Understanding and Using Sources: Student Products, Practices, and Perceptions.” Forthcoming in Information Literacy—Not Just for Librarians: Issues in Assessment, Teaching, and Application. (Eds. Barbara D’Angelo, Sandra Jamieson, Barry Maid, and Janice R. Walker). WAC Clearinghouse Perspectives on Writing book series. Patti Wojahn, Theresa Westbrock, Rachel Milloy, Matthew Moberly, Seth Myers, and Lisa Ramirez.
  • “Exploring the Context of U.S.-Mexican Border Writing Programs.” Transnational Writing Program Administration (Ed. David Martins). In press, Utah State University Press. Beth Brunk-Chavez, Kate Mangelsdorf, Patricia Wojahn, Alfredo Urzua-Beltran, Omar Montoya, Barry Thatcher, and Kathryn Valentine.
  • “’Have Rhetoric, Will Travel’: A Tribute to Stuart Brown.” Programmatic Perspectives2(2), September 2010: 194-199.
  • “Engaging in Virtual Collaborative Writing: Issues, Obstacles, and Strategies.” In Virtual Collaborative Writing in the Workplace: Computer-Mediated Communication Technologies and Processes. Beth Hewett and Charlotte Robidoux, Eds. Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishing. May 2010. P. Wojahn, K. Blichartz, S.Taylor. 65-87.
  • “A Multidisciplinary Team Approach for Capstone Design Courses: Challenges and Lessons.” In Proceedings of 1st Annual Capstone Design Conference. Boulder: University of Colorado. June 2007.
  • “Argument and Disciplinary Expertise: Identifying and Adopting Persuasive Devices Across Disciplines.” In peer-reviewed Proceedings of the Sixth Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (Ed. van Eemeren, F.H.). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: SicSat Publishing. October 2007. 1515-1523.
  • “Teaming Engineers and Technical Communicators in Interdisciplinary Classrooms: Working With and Against Compartmentalized Knowledge” (2004). In2004 Proceedings of the IEEE International Professional Communication Society. Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. pp. 156-165. P. Wojahn, L.A. Riley, Y.H. Park.
  • “Multidisciplinary Courses: Facilitating Win-Win Opportunities Across Departments and Colleges” (2003). In Online Proceedings of the 2003 Science, Engineering, and Technology Education Conference ( Elevating Recognition & Reward for Education Research. January 2003. Las Cruces, NM. L.A. Riley, P. Wojahn, and Y.H. Park.
  • “Design, Results, and Analysis of Assessment Components in a Nine-Course CAC (Communicating Across the Curriculum) Program (2003).” Language and Learning Across the Disciplines: A Forum for Debates Concerning Interdisciplinary, Situated Discourse Communities, and Writing Across the Curriculum Programs. 6(1). 30-61.With Jay Stanton Carson, John R. Hayes, and Thomas Marshall.
  • “Issues in Writing Program Administration: A Select Annotated Bibliography (2002).” In The Writing Program Administrator’s Resource: A Guide to Reflective Institutional Practice. Stuart Brown and Therese Enos (Eds.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. With Rebecca Jackson.
  • “Senior Design Projects: Teaming Engineers with Documentation Specialists to Enhance Students Learning Experiences (2002).” In Online Proceedings of the 2002 Science, Engineering, and Technology Education Conference ( Bridging the Gap Between What We Know About How Students Learn and Effective Teaching Practice. January 2002. Las Cruces, NM. With Young Ho Park and Linda Ann Riley.
  • “Blurring Boundaries Between Technical Communication and Engineering: Challenges of a Multidisciplinary, Client-Based Pedagogy.” (2001). Technical Communication Quarterly. Vol. 10. No. 2.
  • “Rivaling in School and Out.” (2000). In Learning to Rival: A Literate Practice for Intercultural Inquiry. L. Flower, E. Long, and L. Higgins. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. pp. 229-523. Chapter written with E. Long, L. Flower, D. Fleming, & P. Wojahn.
  • “Getting ‘Dissed’: Technical Communicators in Interdisciplinary Engineering Teams.” (2000). In Proceedings of the IEEE International Professional Communication Society and ACM Special Interest Group on Documentation Conference on Technology and Teamwork. Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. pp.7-23. J. Dyke & P. Wojahn.
  • “Effects of Interfaces for Annotation on Communication in a Collaborative Task.” (1998) Human Factors in Computing Systems: Computer Human Interaction ’98 Conference Proceedings. New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Press. P. Wojahn, C. Neuwirth, & B. Bullock. 456-463.
  • “Learning to Write: Computer Support for a Cooperative Process.” (1996) In CSCL (Computer Support for Cooperative Learning): Theory and Practice of an Emerging Paradigm. T. Koschmann (Ed.). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. C. Neuwirth & P. Wojahn. 147-170.
  • “Negotiating Competing Voices to Construct Claims and Evidence: Urban American Teenagers Rivalling Anti-Drug Literature.” (1995). In Competing and Consensual Voices: The Theory and Practice of Argument. P.M. Costello & S. Mitchell (Eds.). Philadelphia: Multilingual Matter LTD. E. Long, L. Flower, D. Fleming, & P. Wojahn. 172-183.
  • “Computer-Mediated Communication: Is it the Great Equalizer between Men and Women?” Technical Communication: Journal for the Society of Technical Communication, 41(4). Research Column Editor: D. Charney. 747-752. 
  • Proceedings for the ACM 1994 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. New York: ACM Press. Edited publications and corresponded with authors under direction of co-editors R. Furuta and C. Neuwirth.
  • “Distributed Collaborative Writing: A Comparison of Spoken and Written Modalities for Reviewing and Revising Documents.” Human Factors in Computing Systems: Computer Human Interaction ’94 Conference Proceedings. New York: ACM Press. C. Neuwirth, R. Chandhok, D. Charney, P. Wojahn, & L. Kim. 51-57.
  • “Learning to Rival In School and Out: A Window on the Logic of Learners.” Technical Report. Pittsburgh, PA: Mellon Institute for Scientific Literacy. L. Flower, E. Long, D. Fleming, & P. Wojahn.
  • “Computers and Writing Instruction.” (1990). In Research in Basic Writing: A Bibliographic Sourcebook. M.G. Moran and M.J. Jacobi (Eds.). New York: Greenwood Press. S.A. Bernhardt & P. Wojahn. 165-190.
  • “Teaching College Composition with Computers: A Timed Observation Study.” (1988). Written Composition, 7. S.A. Bernhardt, P. Wojahn, & P.R. Edwards. 342-374.
  • “Teaching College Composition with Computers: A Program Evaluation Study.” (1987). Written Communication, 6. S.A. Bernhardt, P.R. Edwards, & P. Wojahn. 108-133.