MAUREEN A MATHISON portrait
  • Chair Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies
  • Associate Professor, Writing and Rhetoric Studies
  • Associate Professor, Writing and Rhetoric Studies
801-581-7090

Research Statement

My work addresses issues concerning academic discourse and the various ways it is situated in society and higher education. I am primarily interested in how knowledge is constructed and disseminated among scientists, as well as how it is used as a means of professionalization for students across various disciplines. 

Research Keywords

  • Disciplinary Writing; Rhetoric; Science and Technology Studies

Presentations

  • Science, a Self-Governing Sphere. Paper to be presented at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 09/15/2017.
  • Visual Rhetoric and the Inscription of Meaning in Science. Paper to be presented at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May. (with Ivy Chistofferson, UROP student and co-author). Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 09/08/2017.
  • Tracking Student Responses to Controversial Issues in Science. Paper presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR, . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/17/2017.
  • Audience Reception in a Scientific Controversy. Paper presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL, . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/19/2015.
  • Controversial Texts about Controversial Issues: Arguing for and in the Name of Science. The International Society for the Study of Argumentation Conference, Amsterdam. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 07/04/2014.
  • The Undoing of the Scientist Rhetorician: Environment over Development. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN, March. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 09/15/2013.
  • When the Voice Speaking Isn’t Your Own: A Rhetorical Analysis of Appropriating Findings. Paper presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, NV, March. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/11/2013.
  • Prior to Enactment of University Rule 6-310 (IDTP). Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA. Refereed. Conference Paper, Presented, 01/07/2012.
  • Is There a Place for 'Place' in Business Students' Perspectives? Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference, Tempe, AZ, Oct. 2011. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/23/2011.
  • When the Visual Constitutes the Argument: The Case of Science/Technology. International Writing Research Across Borders Conference, Washington DC. Conference Paper, Presented, 02/20/2011.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Creating a Multimodal Resource for Advanced Academic Writing. PI: Maureen Mathison. Co-PI(s): Tom Huckin; Jay Jordan; Natalie Stillman-Webb. Interdisciplinary REsearch Grant, 12/11/2009 - 06/01/2011. Total project budget to date: $6,000.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • The undoing of persuasion in science. PI: Maureen A. Mathison. 05/01/2015 - present.

Research Equipment and Testing Expertise

  • Qualitative and quantitative methods. Contact: Maureen Mathison , 801-581-7090 , 3700 LNCO.

Publications

  • Mathison, M. A., Stillman-Webb, N. & Bell, S. (2014) Framing sustainability: Business students writing about the environment. Journal of Business and Technical Communication. Published, 01/01/2014.