Michelle Eble

Bate 2112


Michelle F. Eble teaches a variety of technical and professional communication courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research history and trajectory spans theory and practice and promotes inclusive and collaborative knowledge-making, acknowledges rhetorical stakeholders, amplifies marginalized voices, and engages in productive and reciprocal mentoring relationships. More specifically, her scholarship to date attends to the intersection of rhetorical theories and writing practices in the following contexts: 1) technical and professional communication theory and practice, especially as it relates to social justice, community engagement, and technology; 2) mentoring networks and professional development infrastructures in higher education; and 3) research and rhetorical practices in academic and health institutional cultures. Currently, she supervises the graduate teaching assistants teaching undergraduate technical writing courses, serves as the Chair of ECU’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Institutional Review Board, and as Past President of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW).


  • B.A. University of Southwestern Louisiana
  • M.Ed. Georgia State University
  • Ph.D. Georgia State University

Research Interests

  • Social Justice Technical Communication Theory & Practice
  • Mentoring Networks
  • Institutional Rhetorics and Cultures
  • Research Ethics

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 8780: Seminar in Professional Communication: Scientific Communication and Discipling Bodies
  • ENGL 8601: Advanced Research Methods
  • ENGL 8300: Professional Development Seminar
  • ENGL 8100: Seminar in Professional Development
  • ENGL 7785: History of Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7766: Special Studies: Communication & Emerging Technologies
  • ENGL 7765: Special Topics: Writing in/for the Health Professions
  • ENGL 7750: Writing Public Science
  • ENGL 7745: Teaching Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7712: Grant & Proposal Writing
  • ENGL 7705: Ethical Issues in Professional Communication
  • ENGL 7600: Research Methods in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication
  • ENGL 6715: Technical Writing
  • ENGL 5780: Advanced Writing for Business & Industry
  • ENGL 4885: Digital Writing
  • ENGL 3895: Topics in Technical and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 3885: Writing and Document Design
  • ENGL 3880: Writing for Business & Industry
  • ENGL 3870: Introduction to Editing & Abstracting
  • ENGL 3820: Scientific Writing
  • ENGL 3040: Introduction to Professional Writing
  • ENGL 2201: Writing about the Disciplines

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “Turning Towards Social Justice Approaches to Technical and Professional Communication.” (Response to Chapter 1: “Inside the Wave: The Professionalization and Future of Technical and Professional Communication,” written by Jo Allen.) Talking Back: Senior Scholars Deliberate the Past, Present, and Future of Writing Studies. Edited by Norbert Eliot and Alice Horning. Utah State UP, 2020.
  • “Transdisciplinary Mentoring Networks to Develop and Sustain Inclusion in Graduate Programs.” Special Issue: Transdisciplinary Connections in Composition Studies and Technical and Professional Communication (TPC). College English 82.5, 2020: 527-535.
  • Interrogating Gendered Pathologies. Edited by Erin A. Frost and Michelle F. Eble. Utah State UP, 2020.
  • Key Theoretical Frameworks for Teaching Technical Communication in the 21st Century. Edited by Angela M. Haas and Michelle F. Eble. Utah State UP, 2018.
  • Reclaiming Accountability: Improving Writing Programs through Accreditation and Large-Scale Assessments. Edited by Wendy Sharer, Tracy Ann Morse, Michelle F. Eble, and William Banks. Utah State UP, 2016.


  • 2020 Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) for Key Theoretical Frameworks for Teaching Technical Communication in the 21st Century.
  • 2020 Research and Creative Activity Award, Department of English, East Carolina University
  • 2020 Scholar-Teacher Award, East Carolina University
  • 2018 Council of Writing Program Administrators Best Book Award for Reclaiming Accountability: Improving Writing Programs through Accreditation and Large-Scale Assessments
  • 2016 Centennial Award for Excellence, Ambition, East Carolina University
  • 2015 Distinguished Graduate Faculty Mentor Award, Graduate School, East Carolina University
  • 2007 Service Award, Department of English, East Carolina University


Curriculum Vitae