Donald C. Unger
Asst Prof Writing Rhetoric
About My Teaching
At St. Edward's, I teach professional writing and rhetorical theory courses in the Writing & Rhetoric major. My interest in professional writing and technical communication stems from my research on how the kinds of communication practices we use online impact ideas about and approaches to advocacy, activism, service, and volunteerism. Such interests inform my teaching as I strive to connect course projects to campus and local communities. In the courses I teach, students work in project teams to address the writing or communication needs of local partner organizations. Through previous partnerships students have developed videos, brochures, posters, and websites.
Such projects are particularly enriching to students because they get hands-on experience in professional and technical writing while at the same time developing habits for ethically collaborating with others. In my previous institution, for example, students in a computer-aided publishing course worked with Homestead Consulting Services--a non-profit foreclosure counseling organization--to develop various documents aimed at advertising Homestead's services to different local communities. In carrying out the project and addressing housing foreclosure in Indiana, students discussed the ways race and class intersect with foreclosure, and they developed tactics to attend to these concerns in their materials, e.g., by producing brochures in both English and Spanish.
In the end, students find these experiences socially and personally rewarding; they have a chance to help out local communities, and they develop skills they can use throughout their academic and professional lives.
Faculty Fellow for Community-Engaged Teaching & Learning
In addition to my position as Assistant Professor, I serve as the Faculty Fellow for Community-Engaged Teaching & Learning with St. Edward's Center for Teaching Excellence. Check out the website that I'm developing as a resource for faculty and staff interested or invovled in community engagement work: http://sites.stedwards.edu/communityengagement/
PhD, English, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, Aug. 2015
MA, English, University of Alaska-Anchorage, Anchorage, AK, May 2010
BA, Professional Writing, State University of New York at Cortland, NY, May 2005
AA, Liberal Arts, Broome Community College, Binghamton, NY, Dec. 2003
Through my research I take up two interrelated issues: the impact that network technologies have on how we conceive of public rhetoric and what role service plays in shaping networks.
My scholarship has appeared in the journals Computers & Composition and Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology & Pedagogy, on the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative website and in the forthcoming edited collection Thinking Globally, Composing Locally: Rethinking Online Writing in the Age of the Global Internet.
"Locating Queer Rhetorics: Mapping as Inventional Method." Computers and Composition 38 (2015), 96-112. Co-authored with Fernando Sanchez.
"Pedagogy-In-Progress: Continuing James Berlin’s Cultural Studies Approach to Writing Instruction." (under review). 38 pp. Co-authored with Amelia Chesley, Sherri Craig, Jeff Gerding, Daniel Liddle, Nicholas Marino, Kyle Vealey, and Jon Wallin.
"Recovering Pedagogy: Lessons from the Berlin Project." (in progress). Co-authored with Patricia Sullivan, Kyle Vealey, and Jon Wallin.
"Considering Global Communication and Usability as Networked Engagement: Lessons from 4C4Equality." In Thinking Globally, Composing Locally: Rethinking Online Writing in the Age of the Global Internet. Eds. Kirk St. Amant and Rich Rice. (forthcoming Fall 2017). Utah State University Press. Co-authored with Elizabeth Lane.
"Networked Organizing, Local Engagement: Talking Equality at 4C15's Action Hub." Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 20.2, (Spring 2016). <http://tinyurl.com/zn2okak>
"Alexander and Rhodes’ ‘Techne: Queer Meditations on Writing the Self." Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. Computers & Writing Conference Session Reviews, 2014. <http://tinyurl.com/l6je679>
"Blackmon’s ‘Your Code Ain’t Like Mine: On Being #thatgirl in Technology Intensive Fields." Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. Computers & Writing Conference Session Reviews, 2014. <http://tinyurl.com/oh66st4>
"Building University Infrastructure for Service and Engagement through Network*Writing." Conference on Community Writing, CU Boulder, Boulder, CO: Oct. 2017.
“The Power of Civic Engagement for Student Learning and Success." American Association of Colleges & Universities Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA: Jan. 2017.
"Developing Local and Networked Engagement: Organizing, Situating, & Revising 4C4Equality." Cultural Rhetorics Conference, Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI: Oct. 2016.
"Meet the New Center for Teaching Excellence Fellows." St. Edward's University Annual Teaching Symposium. Austin, TX: Aug. 2016.