Megan Poole

Assistant Professor of English

About

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.

Dr. Poole is also part of the Public Health Literacy Group, a coalition of community leaders, grassroots activists, and academic scholars focused on making the science of air pollution more accessible for constituents in District 3, an area that borders Rubbertown. In 2021, the Public Health Literacy Group was awarded a $250,000 Community Partners Program grant from The Humana Foundation.

Research

Rhetorics of Science

Technical Writing

Rhetorical Theory

Teaching

ENGL 303 | Science and Technical Writing

ENGL 310 | Introduction to Public and Professional Writing

ENGL 405 | Edit, Design, Advocate

ENGL 407 | Writing for Social Change

ENGL 480 | Digital Storytelling

HON 436/446 | Talking to Animals, Listening to Nature