Rebecca Miner

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Humanities Department

Michigan Technological Univ.

14oo Townsend Dr.

137 Walker Arts & Humanities

Houghton, MI 49931


rlminer @

Office Hours


12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Born and raised in lower Michigan, I headed northward to earn my Scientific and Technical Communication degree at Michigan Technological University. After completing my degree I moved to Minnesota where I worked in industry as a technical writer for Emerson Process Management, a global-leading industry in process communication. For seven years I wrote hard-copy and online help documentation.

Needing a new intellectual challenge, I applied to graduate school and choose to return to the beautiful upper Michigan to enroll in the Rhetoric and Technical Communication (RTC) program at Michigan Technological University. While I was accepted to other programs, the RTC program combined with the outstanding communication faculty was the best fit for my interests. It just made sense to return.

After completing my Master’s degree in 2008 , I began the PhD program in 2009 with plans to complete my dissertation in May 2013. My research interests include communication, rhetorical theory, disability studies, feminist perspectives and representation of the body, narrative theory, and methods. Also, because of my former work experience in industry, have interests in organizational communication, composition, technical communication, cultural studies, and intercultural communication.

While I truly enjoy my research areas, students in my classes confirm my decision to leave industry for graduate school. Simply put, I love to teach. My teaching experience includes,  but not limited to writing, visual, and oral Composition; Introduction to Public Speaking (or Speech courses); Interpersonal Communication, and Technical Communication. See “Teaching” for more information on my philosophy or my Vitae for other courses I am qualified to teach. 

In addition to my research and teaching, I also find myself performing service in various areas. For two years as the Associate Coordinator of Composition, I assisted in organizing and implementing new GTI orientation, created and implemented a new all-digital submission process for the assessment of 800 portfolios, and was the lead conference organizer for the initial Writing Across the Peninsula conference, held at Michigan Tech in 2010. In addition to this assistantship, I have sat on several committees and most currently have been appointed to a research grant which performs usability testing for learning-based gaming software on middle-school children.