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Andrew Mara

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Faculty Hd & Asc Prof (FSC)
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
Faculty Hd & Asc Prof (FSC)
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
Faculty Hd & Asc Prof (FSC)
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
Faculty Hd & Asc Prof (FSC)
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
Biography

Andrew Mara is an associate professor in technical writing and communication and director of the CRUX Lab. He studies writing practices in digital and new media ecologies, innovation behaviors in institutions, posthumanist philosophy, and user experience methods. Mara has been teaching technical writing user experience, innovation rhetoric, and technical writing for 15 years. Dr. Mara has worked for Sandia National Laboratories as a communication specialist, and continues to work with local and regional nonprofits to create more robust and responsive user ecologies.

Education
  • Ph.D. Rhetoric and Writing (Professional Writing), University of New Mexico
  • M.A. English, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. English Literature (Honors); minor: Music, University of Redlands 
Research Interests
  • User Experience Qualitative Research
  • Innovation Rhetoric
  • Posthumanism
  • Irish Heritage Tourism
  • Adventure Tourism
Publications

Edited Collections

Co-Edited Special Issue on “Posthuman Rhetorics and Technical Communication,” Technical Communication Quarterly, 19.1 (2010) (with Byron Hawk).

Refereed Articles

“Blending Humanistic and Rhetorical Analysis to Locate Gendered Dimensions of Kenyan Medical Practitioner Attitudes about Cancer,” Technical Communication Quarterly, 27.1 (2018) (with Miriam Mara)

“Framework Negotiation and UX Design,” Communication Design Quarterly 5.3 (2017): 48-55

“Mutt Methods, Minimalism, and Guiding Heuristics for UX Project Management,” International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development 7.3 (2015): 38-48 (with Jessica Jorgenson).

“Ireland on the Waves: Colum McCann's Transatlantic as Intergenerational Female Immram.”  Nordic Irish Studies 14 (2015): 19-36 (with Miriam Mara)

“Translocal Pragmatics: Operationalizing Postnational Heuristics to Locate Salient Cultural Overlap,” Journal of Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization, 7.1 (2015): 12-28 (with Massimo Verzella).

“North Dakota State University’s Hybrid Technical Communication PhD,” Programmatic Perspectives, 7.1 (2015): 87-105 (with Miriam Mara and Heather Steinmann)

“Finding an Analytic Frame for Faculty-Student Interaction within Faculty-in-Residence Programs,” Innovative Higher Education 36.1 (2011): 71-82 (with Miriam Mara).

“Introduction.” Technical Communication Quarterly 19.1 (2010): 1-10 (Byron Hawk).

"Publish or Perish and the Ripple Effect: Lessons From a Research and Teaching Faculty Learning Community." The Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. 20.3 (2009): 145-173 (with Andrew Hershberger, Maria Spense, Paul Cesarini, Kathleen Jorisson, Dave Albrecht, Jeffrey Gordon, and Canchu Lin).

“Ethos as Market Maker:  The Creative Role of Technical Communications Marketing in a Technology Startup,” Journal of Business and Technical Communication 22.4 (2008): 429-453.

“The Classical Trivium: A Heuristic and Heuretic for New Media and Digital Communication Studies” Kairos, 11.3 (2007), http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Trivium/Home. (With Kevin Brooks).

“Using Charettes as a Technical Writing Process/Genre,” Technical Communication Quarterly, 15.2 (2006): 215-36.

Genre, Rhetorical Interpretation, and the Open Case: Teaching the Analytical Report," IEEE Transactions on Professional Communications, 42 (March 1999): 20-31 (with Richard Johnson-Sheehan).

"Selling Possibilities: Hypertext, Freedom, and Direction," Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 12.4 (1998): 455-71 (with Lisa Craig).

Refereed Book Chapters 

“Wangari Maathai’s Arboreal Rhetorics: Metaphor Bending and Other-Oriented Rhetoric,” Posthuman Praxis in Technical Communication, Eds. Kristen Moore and Daniel Richards, Routledge, 2018.

“Ethnography as Rhetorical XA Research Aggregator.” Rhetoric and Experience Architecture, Eds. Michael Salvo & Liza Potts. Parlor Press, 2017: (with Miriam Mara)

“Utopian Laptop Initiatives: From Technological Deism to Object-Oriented Rhetoric.” Writing Posthumanisms Writing. Edited by Sidney Dobrin. Parlor Press (2015): 192-213 (with Byron Hawk and Chris Lindgren).

“Steampunk’s Identity Horizon and Contested Memory.” Clockwork Rhetoric: The Language and Style of Steampunk. Edited by Barry Brummett. UP of Mississippi (2014): 159-176.

“BookTubers as a Networked Knowledge Community.” Emerging Pedagogies in the Networked Knowledge Society: Practices Integrating Social Media and Globalization.  Eds. Marohang Limbu and Binod Gurung. Hershey, PA: IGI Global (2013): 87-99 (with Karen Sorensen).

“Irish Identification as Exigence: A Self-Service Case Study for Producing User Documentation.” Computer-Mediated Communication across Cultures: International Interactions in Online Environments. Eds Kirk St. Amant & Sigrid Kelsey. Hershey, PA: IGI Global (2012) 173-186. (with Miriam Mara)

“Reinventing Audience through Distance.” Design Discourse: Composing and Revising Professional Writing Programs. Eds. David Franke, Alex Reid, & Anthony Di RenzoWAC Clearinghouse & Parlor Press (2010): 189-201 (with Jude Edminster).

“Digital Studio as Method: Articulating, Critiquing, and Redrawing the Borders between Rhetoric and Technical Communication.” Technological Ecologies and Sustainability: Methods, Modes, and Assessment. Eds. Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, Heidi A. McKee, & Dickie Selfe. Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital P, Utah State UP (2009): 1-13. (with Jude Edminster and Kristine Blair).

Refereed Proceedings

"Leveraging UX Research Method Shifts to Uncover Guiding User Metaphors" SIGDOC '17 Proceedings of the 35th Annual International Conference on Design of Communication. Halifax, ACM Press (2017) 

“Capturing Social Value in UX Projects” SIGDOC '15: Proceedings of the 26th Annual International Conference on Design of Communication. Limerick, ACM Press (2015) (with Miriam Mara).

“The Ethics of Agile Ethnography.” SIGDOC '13: Proceedings of the 24th Annual International Conference on Design of Communication. New York, ACM Press (2013) (with Liza Potts and Gerianne Bartocci).

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 544User Experience
GIT 560Capstone
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 444User Experience
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 444User Experience
TWC 544User Experience
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 444User Experience
TWC 544User Experience
TWC 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 444User Experience
TWC 504Applied Rhetoric and Tech Comm
TWC 544User Experience
TWC 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 444User Experience
TWC 504Applied Rhetoric and Tech Comm
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 444User Experience
TWC 504Applied Rhetoric and Tech Comm