Christopher Susak

Christopher Susak



5057 Woodward Ave. (Maccabee's Building)


Christopher Susak



My research and teaching focuses on community writing, technical communication, collaborative problem-solving, as well as developing heuristics and procedures to solve writing and communication problems. 

My goal as an instructor is to help prepare students for confident and substantive participation in increasingly high stakes conversations in their communities, disciplines, and careers. My classes are designed to put students in situations representing "writing problems" where they must make critically informed, purposeful decisions about their projects using various genres, styles, heuristics, and technologies.

My research explores intersections between digital technologies, public discourses, and public community spaces as well as how students, community residents, and local institutions compose (with/in) these complex networks.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Rhetoric & Composition; Technical & Professional Communication; Community Writing; Digital, Networked, and Public Rhetorics; Research Methods in Rhetoric & Composition;


  • A/YA Integrated Language Arts Ohio Dept. of Education 5-Year Professional License #OH3098088 (Expires 2021)
  • M.A., English, Wayne State University, 2015
  • B.A., English, Theatre, & Secondary Education, Baldwin-Wallace University, 2009

Selected publications

 “Slouching Toward Sustainability: The Thin-Slice Approach to Sustainable and Valid Writing Program Assessment.” Journal of Writing Assessment, vol. 11, issue 1, 2018. 2nd Author. Co-authored with Jeff Pruchnic, Sarah Primeau, Joe Torok, Thomas Trimble, Tanina Foster Jared Grogan, and Ellen Barton.

Currently teaching

  • ENG 3060 Technical Communication II: Presentations (3 online sections)



Courses taught

ENG 3060 Technical Communication II: Presentations

ENG 3050 Technical Communication I: Reports

ENG 3020 Community & Writing

ENG 3010: Intermediate Composition

ENG 1020: Introductory College Writing

ENG 1010: Basic Writing