Nathaniel VoellerPenn State University//Department of English
I am currently a PhD student and teacher working in the fields of digital rhetoric, technical communication, and disability rhetorics.
My most characteristic area of research is digital interface design. More specifically, I study how designers, users, and nonhuman agents work together and push against each other in digital interface spaces to develop sites of rhetorical praxis. I have also begun to attend particularly to digital spaces designed for those with mental disabilities as I seek to examine and interrogate the way that common forms of design include and exclude these disabled users. I am especially interested in how apps and other technologies designed for those with disabilities work with and against their intended users because of organizational and institutional motives, related design choices, and common societal conceptualizations of disability, especially mental disability.
I currently conduct my research and teach at Penn State University, where I have been awarded a McCourtney Family Graduate Fellowship. I have taken a range of coursework in digital rhetoric, classical rhetoric, composition studies, and other topics related to rhetoric and composition. I have been the instructor of record for ENGL 15, a basic rhetoric and composition course for entry level students, and ENGL 202C, a technical writing course for upperclassman in science and engineering fields. During my time at Penn State, I have also served as the English Graduate Organization’s webmaster, and I worked to make a new website for the organization during my year of service.
In addition to my academic research and teaching, I have had the opportunity to serve as an employee in various other academic and professional contexts. For example, I have worked as a professional writing tutor at Helena College and as a technical writer and designer for the Bozeman Public Library Foundation. I take a particular interest in how digital and technical writing practices are adapted for different contexts and work to discuss the implications of such contexts with my students.
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