Jeff Pruchnic

Jeff Pruchnic

Associate Professor
Director of Composition

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 9407.2, 5057 Woodward


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Jeff Pruchnic



Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  •  Rhetoric and Composition; Critical Theory; Science, Technology & Media Studies


  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2006

Selected publications

Rhetoric and Ethics in the Cybernetic Age: The Transhuman Condition (Routledge, 2013)

Platform Utopianism after Democracy (with Antonio Ceraso; in Platforms, Protests, and the Challenge of Networked Democracy, 2020) 

Slouching Toward Sustainability: Mixed Methods in the Direct Assessment of Student Writing (with Chris Susak, Jared Grogan, Sarah Primeau, Joe Torok, Thomas Trimble, Tanina Foster, and Ellen Barton; Journal of Writing Assessment 11.1, 2018)

The Cyburke Manifesto, or, Two Lessons from Burke on the Rhetoric and Ethics of Posthumanism (in Burke + The Posthuman, 2017)

The Future of Forgetting: Rhetoric, Memory, Affect (with Kim Lacey; Rhetoric Society Quarterly 41.5, 2011)

Open Source Culture and Aesthetics (with Antonio Ceraso; Criticism 53.3, 2011)

Ironic Encounters: Ethics, Aesthetics, and the 'Liberal Bias' of Composition Pedagogy (JAC 30.1/2, 2010)

Neurorhetorics: Cybernetics, Psychotropics, and the Materiality of Persuasion (Configurations 16.2, 2008)

Rhetoric, Cybernetics, and the Work of the Body in Burke's Body of Work (Rhetoric Review 25.3, 2006)


Currently teaching

  • ENG 7840: Technical & Professional Communication


Courses taught

ENG 7850: Pedagogical Practicum I (Fall 2020)
ENG 7061: Rhetorical Theory (Winter 2020)
ENG 8007: Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition (Winter 2019)
ENG 7840: Technical & Professional Communication (Winter 2019)