Category: Alumni News

Taylor Brorby, a 2018 alum of the MFA Program in CWE, has just published his memoir.

Taylor Brorby, a 2018 alum of the MFA Program in CWE, has just published his memoir, Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land.  It just received a rave review in The New York Times. You can also read his interview in Black Earth Institute at Taylor, an assistant professor of Environmental Studies at … Continue reading Taylor Brorby, a 2018 alum of the MFA Program in CWE, has just published his memoir.


David Niedergeses

David Niedergeses completed his dissertation research, “Constructing collaborative ecologies: How selection, practice, and mediation assemble and shape social and collaborative software” before moving into a successful career in the software industry beginning with a position at IBM.  He is now a User Experience Manager at Workiva in Ames, IA, where he leads user research and … Continue reading David Niedergeses


Elizabeth Wardle

Elizabeth Wardle is Howe Professor and Director of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence at Miami of Ohio.  Her research on transfer at Iowa State led her to develop the “writing about writing” method of teaching composition.  Her best-selling textbook is used widely, along with her co-edited book on “threshold concepts”.  Elizabeth earned her PhD … Continue reading Elizabeth Wardle


Clay Spinuzzi

Clay Spinuzzi is Professor of Rhetoric and Writing and the University of Texas at Austin, and teaches in the School of Information.  He studies workplaces and how people circulate information through them.  He’s written four books: Tracing Genres through Organizations (MIT), Network (Cambridge), Topsight (CreateSpace), and All Edge (Chicago).  Clay earned his PhD in Rhetoric … Continue reading Clay Spinuzzi


Scott Graham

Scott Graham, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, directs the Public Engagement and Science Communication Laboratory.  Scott’s recent book, The Politics of Pain Medicine: A Rhetorical-Ontological Inquiry (University of Chicago Press), chronicles three years of ethnographic research and nearly ten years of archival research into interdisciplinary pain medicine and related public policy.  Scott received … Continue reading Scott Graham


Amy Harris-Tehan

As Researcher Development Coordinator, Amy does training and development for ISU’s Office of the Vice President for Research.  Previously, Amy did training for Ames Laboratory and ISU’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety.  Amy earned both a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Communication and a Master’s degree in Rhetoric, Composition, & Professional Communication from Iowa State.


Sharon Wiederanders

Sharon Wiederanders is an Information Architect at Garmin International, where she is the TechComm Coordinator for the fitness segment, serving as subject matter expert and content strategist.  Deliverables include printed and online manuals, graphical instructions, and video scripts.  Sharon also serves on the TechComm project review board and coordinates efforts of multiple authors.  Sharon graduated … Continue reading Sharon Wiederanders