Susan Popham

Associate Professor

Patterson 459
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B.A., 1990, University of Louisville
M.A., 1996, University of Louisville
Ph.D., 2002, University of Louisville

Academic Summary

Susan Popham enjoys teaching all manner of writing courses, both undergraduate and graduate courses, but especially Persuasive Writing, Scientific and Technical Writing, and Advanced Composition. Much of her teaching experience includes the use of computer technologies in writing classes. She also enjoys teaching Composition Theory, and tries to incorporate theory in her undergraduate level writing courses. Her teaching theories center around the ideas of democratic and liberatory pedagogies, while also incorporating practical solutions for real-life writing. Her research interests include the rhetoric of science, the rhetoric of medicine, feminist influences in workplace writing, and theories of writing program administration.

Select Publications

  • "A Rhetoric of Pragmatism: An Analysis of Medical-Business Letters" in Rhetoric of Health: A New Disciplinary Inquiry eds. Barbara Heifferon and Stuart Brown. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2008. 133-148.
  • "A Profile of Students Using Laptop Computers in a Freshman Learning Community" (with Loel Kim, Emily Thrush, Joseph Jones, and Donna Daulton) in Going Wireless, ed. Amy Kimmehea. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2008
  • "A Structural Analysis of Coherence in Electronic Charts of Juvenile Mental Health" (first author, with Sage Graham) in press Technical Communication Quarterly,17.2 (April-June 2008): 149-172
  • "Forms as Boundary Genres in Medicine, Business, and Science" Journal of Business and Technical Communication 19.3 (July 2005): 279-303.
  • "The Intersections of Medicine and Business: Case Studies of Contradictions and Negotiations in Medical-Business Writing." In "Focus on Research Series." Business Communication Quarterly. 66.1 (2003) 76-79.
  • "Using an Activity System Model for Analyzing Effective Arguments in Writing," Proceedings of the Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation. 2003
  • "Breaking Hierarchies: Using Reflective Practice to Re-Construct the Role of the Writing Program Administrator." Co-author with Brian Huot, Michael Neal, and Ellen Schendel. In The Writing Program Administrator as Theorist. Eds. Shirley Rose and Irwin Weiser. Boynton/Cook, 2002.
  • Transforming the Disciplines: A Woman's Studies Primer. Co-edited with Elizabeth MacNabb, Mary Jane Cherry, and Rene Prys. Haworth Press, 2001.