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The Division of Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics Welcomes Sean Morey as an Assistant Professor of Technical and Professional Communication

Sean Morey joins the faculty of the Department of English as an assistant professor beginning Fall 2016. His work examines the intersections of rhetoric, digital technologies, and environmental studies. He focuses on innovations at these intersections that have important applications both to the humanistic development of emerging technologies and to the field of technical communication.

Morey is the author of Rhetorical Delivery and Digital Technologies: Networks, Affect, Electracy  (Routledge 2015), in which he examines how the rhetorical canon of delivery is changing against the backdrop of emerging digital technologies. As Indiana University’s Scot Barnett has described, “Like delivery itself, Sean Morey’s book offers more than it suggests at first glance. Beneath its insightful readings of delivery/hyprokrisis in the classical tradition and its examinations of delivery’s many meanings and possibilities in new media contexts, it delivers something else as well: a new style of reading and writing―indeed, a new method for rhetorical inquiry―specifically attuned to the medial logics of the digital age.”

Morey has applied his theoretical investigations toward pedagogy by developing two textbooks. These textbooks, which focus on writing instruction that uses digital technologies, are The New Media Writer—published by Fountainhead Press in 2014—and The Digital Writer, forthcoming this fall, also by Fountainhead. Both books challenge students to be not only consumers of digital media, but also producers of digital writing. These books also encourage students to develop projects that engage and serve their local communities, pushing writing instruction beyond the classroom.

In addition to these works, Morey has co-edited the collection Ecosee: Image, Rhetoric, Nature, with Sidney I. Dobrin (SUNY Press 2009), and is now co-editing a forthcoming collection, Augmented Reality: Perspectives Across Art, Industry, and Academia (with John Tinnell). This latter collection delves into Morey’s recent focus on the emerging technologies of mixed media, particularly augmented reality. The collection investigates how augmented reality as an emerging writing technology currently affects—and may affect in the future—human interactions with networked spaces, digital culture, and engagement with texts.

Morey is also working on his second monograph, A Network of Bones: Imagining Key West and the Florida Keys (Texas A&M University Press). This book combines his research in digital technologies with environmental rhetorics to question how this intersection might provide new, productive ways to reimagine environmental conversations and debates. The book situates Morey’s hometown of Key West, FL and the geographical environment of the Florida Keys as a network of identities that circulate particular moods of the Keys through the region’s various images and icons. The book is grounded in theories of how digital networks affect conceptions and experiences of space. It works toward a larger goal of reimagining rhetorics of conservation and sustainability that apply not just to the Keys, but to the affective networks of any environment.

Dr. Morey’s projects are on the cutting edge of research in rhetoric, technical communication, and digital technologies. What’s more, he is a skilled and avid fisherman, and he can fix an outboard motor as easily as he can a comma splice. What a wonderful new addition to our department! Welcome, Sean.

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