Jenny Aune


Office:255 Ross
527 Farm House Ln.
Ames IA


Courses I Teach

English 250: Written, Oral, Electronic Composition (for Microbiology and Genetics Learning Communities)
English 302: Business Communication
English 309: Proposal and Report Writing
English 312: Biological Communication
English 314: Technical Communication
English 504: Teaching Advanced Communication


Ph.D. Scandinavian Studies (Old Norse, Old English minor), University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A. Scandinavian Studies (Norwegian and Old Norse literature), University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. Scandinavian Studies, Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota)

Research Areas

  • Effects of (mis)understanding of the nature of science and scientific thinking on scientists’ communication with the general public
  • Effective collaboration with science and engineering colleagues to create relevant communication courses for students in those disciplines
  • Sustaining consistency of curricula in a large writing program

How I came to Teach what I Teach

My career has taken a several turns since I first started teaching, but it’s because I enjoy learning new things, figuring out how best to help my students learn, and working with my colleagues across campus to develop the best curricula possible under the parameters of our context. While studying for my prelims, I followed my partner to ISU. I filled in teaching composition one semester and was hooked. Eventually, I started teaching learning community English links, then became the LC English link coordinator, started teaching Advanced Communication courses, became the AdvComm Co-Director, and then the Director.


Locker K, Mackiewicz J, Aune J, Kienzler D. Business and Administrative Communication. McGrawHill 2019.

Aune J, Evans LL, Boury N. "Using non-fiction in an English course to teach the nature of science and its importance to communicating about science." Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. 2018; 19(1).

Mackiewicz, J, Aune J. "Implementing routine across a large-scale writing program." WAC Journal. 2017; 28: 75-105.

Dinkelman AL, Aune JE, Nonnecke, GR. "Using an interdisciplinary approach to teach undergraduates communication and information literacy skills." Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education. 2010; 39: 137-144.

Outside of the University…

When I'm not teaching or running the Advanced Communication program here at ISU, I'm either watching my kids play soccer (my son plays number 9 or 10; my daughter plays number 4 or 6) or riding dressage. Right now, I’m training a rescue pony named Little Einstein (I call him Bertie) the dressage basics and he’s teaching me patience.