Megan Poole wins Top Paper Award from the journal Rhetoric of Health and Medicine
Congratulations to Megan Poole, Assistant Professor of English, who has the Judy Segal Top Paper Award from the journal Rhetoric of Health and Medicine. Dr. Pool has won the award for article "Health Literacy: Getting the Listening for Environmental Justice in and around Rubbertown."
The review committee praised Dr. Poole's paper for “reinventing methodologies for enacting public health research, reinventing ways of working with and learning from/for various publics, and reinventing what the purpose and value of public health research even is.” In addition to being honored with this award, winners of the Segal Top Paper award are also invited to work with the editorial team at Rhetoric of Health and Medicine toward publishing award-winning papers at the journal.
Dr. Poole joined the faculty in 2020 after earning her BA from McNeese State University, MA from Texas Christian University, and PhD in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition from Penn State University. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching centers on rhetorical theory, science studies, and technical writing, particularly focusing on how the biology of sensation informs and shapes theories of rhetoric.
Her current book project examines feminist epistemologies in the biological sciences that resist traditional reason-based approaches to scientific knowledge making. This project is based on her dissertation that was awarded the 2021 Rhetoric Society of America Dissertation Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Western Journal of Communication, Journal for the History of Rhetoric, and Quarterly Journal of Speech, among other venues.