Jo Mackiewicz


Office:413 Ross
527 Farm House Ln.
Ames IA


Courses I Am Teaching
English 506: Professional Communication Theory

  • Ph.D.  Applied Linguistics, Georgetown University
  • M.A.  English Studies, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • B.S.  English, University of Wisconsin-Superior
Research Areas
Discourse and corpus-driven analysis of one-to-one pedagogical interactions

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
  • Welding Technical Communication: Teaching and Learning Embodied Knowledge. (forthcoming). SUNY Press.
  • 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).
  • “The So What of So in Writing Center Talk.” Accepted at The Writing Center Journal. (First author, with Colin Payton, 70%).
  • “NES and NNES Student Writers’ Very Long Turns in Writing Center Conferences.” In press at The Writing Center Journal. (First author, with Zachary Gasior, 70%).
  • “Turn-Initial Minimal Responses in NES and NNES Student Writers’ Talk in Writing Center Conferences.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal 18 (2021): (100%).
  • “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).

Outside of the University…
I ride my road bikes (a Trek and a Bianchi) and my mountain bike (a Specialized) like crazy.