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Michelle Sidler

Michelle Sidler

Associate Professor


Michelle Sidler

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8076 Haley Center

Office Hours

Thursday 2:00–3:00 pm


PhD, Purdue University

About Me

Michelle Sidler received her PhD in English from Purdue University with a specialization in rhetoric and composition. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in professional writing and composition. Her primary areas of research interest are editing, science writing, and public writing. Sidler is currently collaborating with Auburn University’s Rural Studio program on a generous PAIR grant funded by Auburn University. The team is creating documentation, web materials, and other information products in support of the 20K Project, which aims to research, design, and build affordable housing in rural communities. She co-edited an anthology of major works in computerized writing instruction, Computers in the Composition Classroom: A Critical Sourcebook, which won the 2008 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award. She has also published articles in Technical Communication Quarterly, Rhetoric Review, and Computers and Composition, as well as in several edited collections.

Research Interests

rhetoric and composition; computer-mediated composition; rhetorical theory


  • Sidler, M. (2015). The chemistry liveblogging event: The web refigures peer review. In A. Gross & J. Buehl (Eds.), Science and the internet: Communicating knowledge in a digital age. Amityville, NY: Baywood Press. (Reprinted in: Harris, R. (2018). Landmark Essays in the Rhetoric of Science: Case Studies NY: Routledge.)
  • Sidler, M. & Wickman, C. (2015). Discovery and ownership in an age of networked science. In D. N. DeVoss & M. C. Rife (Eds.), Cultures of copyright. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Sidler, M. (2014). Open science and the three cultures. Opening science: How science 2.0 is changing research, scientific collaboration and publishing. In S. Bartling & S. Friesike (Eds.), Opening Science. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.  Open access edition available.
  • "Genetics Interfaces: Representing Science and Enacting Public Discourse in Online Spaces." Technical Communication Quarterly18 (2009): 28-48. Co-authored with Natasha Jones.
  • “Bio-Pedagogy: Genetic Literacy and Feminist Learning.” Feminist Teacher 19 (2009): 216-226.
  • “The Rhetoric of Cells: Understanding Molecular Biology in the Twenty-First Century.” Rhetoric Review 25 (2006): 58-75.
  • Co-editor. Computers in the Composition Classroom: A Critical Sourcebook. Bedford/St. Martins, 2008. (with Richard Morris and Elizabeth Overman Smith).
  • “Rhetoricians, Facilitators, Models: Interviews with Technology Trainers.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. Forthcoming, 2008.
  • “Playing Scavenger and Gazer with Scientific Discourse: Opportunities and Ethics for Online Research.” Digital Writing Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Ethical Issues. Heidi McKee and Danielle DeVoss, eds. Hampton: 2007.