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Chad Wickman

Chad Wickman

Associate Professor


Chad Wickman

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8054 Haley Center

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday 1:30-3 pm and by appointment


PhD, Kent State University

About Me

Chad Wickman (PhD, Rhetoric & Composition) specializes in writing and rhetoric studies, with emphasis on the professional and public dimensions of technical, scientific, and medical communication. His research has appeared in a range of scholarly journals and edited collections, including Written Communication, Rhetoric Review, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Environmental Communication, and The Routledge Handbook of Scientific Communication. Beyond research and teaching, he is actively involved in writing program development and is past Editor-in-Chief of the international research journal Written Communication.

Research Interests

Rhetorics of science, technology, and medicine; genre theory; technical and professional communication; writing in health professions


  • Wickman, C. (2023). “Genre and Metagenre in Biomedical Research Writing.” Journal of Business and Technical Communication. 37(2), 140-173.
  • Wickman, C. (2022). “The Medical Case Report as Genre and Social Practice.” Routledge Handbook of Scientific Communication (pp. 213-224). New York: Routledge.
  • Wickman, C. (2019). Special Issue on “Writing and Science.” Written Communication.
  • Wickman, C. (2016). Learning to “Share your Science”: The open notebook as textual object and dynamic rhetorical space. In Alan Gross & Jonathan Buehl (Eds.), Science and the Internet: Communicating knowledge in a digital age (11-32). New York: Routledge.
  • Wickman, C. (2016). Community inquiry in the writing classroom: Bridging liberal arts education with the work of civic engagement. In Brigitta Brunner (Ed.), Creating citizens: Liberal arts, civic engagement, and the land grant tradition (pp. 45-62). University of Alabama Press.
  • Wickman, C. (2015). Locating the semiotic power of writing in science. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 29(1), 61-92.
  • Sidler, M., & Wickman, C. (2014). Discovery and ownership in an age of networked science. In Martine Courant Rife & Danielle Nicole Devoss (Eds.), Cultures of Copyright (pp. 41-54). Peter Lang.
  • Wickman, C. (2014). Rhetorical framing in corporate press releases: The case of British Petroleum and the Gulf oil spill. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 8(1), 3-20.
  • Wickman, C. (2014). Wicked problems in technical communication. The Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 44(1), 23-42.
  • Wickman, C. (2013). Observing inscriptions at work: Visualization and text production in experimental physics research. Technical Communication Quarterly, 22(2), 150-171.
  • Wickman, C. (2012). Rhetoric, technê, and the art of scientific inquiry. Rhetoric Review, 31(1), 21-40.
  • Wickman, C. (2010). Writing material in chemical physics research: The laboratory notebook as locus of technical and textual integration. Written Communication, 27(3), 259-292.