Jo Mackiewicz


Office:413 Ross
527 Farm House Ln.
Ames IA


Courses I Am Teaching

English 220; Descriptive Grammar

English 314: Technical Communication (Japan Study Abroad)


Ph.D. Applied Linguistics, Georgetown University
M.A. English Studies, University of Minnesota Duluth
B.S. English, University of Wisconsin-Superior

Research Areas

(1) Discourse and corpus-driven analysis of one-to-one pedagogical interactions
(2) WAC/WID programming and assessment

About My Teaching

I love teaching technical editing and grammar.

How I Came to Teach What I Teach

I’ve always been interested in the process of writing and the ways that people talk about writing. So, I ended up studying writing center conferences and editor-writer sessions. I also became a practicing editor, and I am a better teacher for it I think.

Recent Publications

Writing Center Talk over Time: A Mixed-Method Study. (2018). Routledge.

The Aboutness of Writing Center Talk: A Corpus-Driven and Discourse Analysis. (2017). Routledge.

Talk about Writing: The Tutoring Strategies of Experienced Writing Center Tutors, 2nd edition. (2015/2018). Routledge. (First author, with Isabelle Thompson).

“Spoken Written-Language in Writing Center Talk.” Linguistics and Education 47 (2018):47-58. (First author, with Isabelle Thompson)

“Implementing Routine across a Large-Scale Writing Program.” The WAC Journal 17 (2017):75-105. (First author, with Jenny Aune).

“Adding Quantitative Corpus-Driven Analysis to Qualitative Discourse Analysis: Determining the Aboutness of Writing Center Talk.” The Writing Center Journal 35 (2016):187–225. (First author, with Isabelle Thompson)

“The Communicative Work of Figure Captions: Lessons for Technical and Professional Communication.” Technical Communication Quarterly 25 (2016):260–277. (Second author, with Jordan Smith, Derek Hanson, Shannon Fanning, and Sara Doan).

“The Impact of Review Environment on Review Credibility.” IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 59 (2016):77–88. (First author, with Dave Yeats and Thomas Thornton).

“Quality in Product Reviews: What Technical Communicators Should Know.” Technical Communication 62 (2015):3–18.

“Product Review Users’ Perceptions of Review Quality: The Role of Credibility, Informativeness, and Readability.” IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 57 (2014):309–324. (First author, with Dave Yeats).

“Motivating Quality: The Impact of Amateur Editors’ Suggestions on User-generated Content at” Journal of Business and Technical Communication 28 (2014):1–28.

“Instruction, Cognitive Scaffolding, and Motivational Scaffolding in Writing Center Tutoring.” Composition Studies 42 (2014):54–78. (First author, with Isabelle Thompson).

“Questioning in Writing Center Conferences.” The Writing Center Journal 34 (2014):37–70. (Second author, with Isabelle Thompson).

Outside of the University…

I ride my road bikes like a mad woman (a Trek and a Bianchi) and swim pretty much every morning.