Humanities @ Michigan Tech

HUMANITIES at Michigan Tech engages in teaching and research across language, culture, and technology. Our scope is international, our approach interdisciplinary. We work at the intersections of communication, composition, literature, modern languages, philosophy, rhetoric, visual studies, linguistics, gender studies, and technical communication. Emerging areas of emphasis include media, global studies, and diversity. In learning and scholarship, students and faculty work to cultivate the whole human being. We help students develop the communicative, analytic, and cultural knowledge to thrive in all aspects of their future lives.

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Robert Johnson

Robert R. Johnson

PhD, Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Communication, Purdue University


(906) 487-3236

Professor of Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Communication, Humanities

Dr. Robert R. Johnson has been at Michigan Tech since 1999, and served as Chair of the Department of Humanities for nine years. His research interests include technical communication theory and history, rhetoric history, usability research, and the variety of relationships humans have established historically (and continue to develop) with . . .

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Dieter Adolphs

Dieter Wolfgang Adolphs

PhD, Washington University in St. Louis


(906) 487-3231

Associate Professor of German Language and Literature, Humanities

Dr. Dieter Wolfgang Adolphs' work examines German and Austrian literature since 1880, critical theory, and the Frankfurt School. His literary research focuses on Thomas Mann, the Austrian playwright Hermann Bahr, and exile studies. His interests in theoretical issues include intercultural communication, the reception of literature, and the philosophical discourse of . . .

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Erin Smith

Erin Smith

PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison


(906) 487-3263

Director, Humanities Digital Media Zone

Dr. Erin Smith is the Director of Humanities Digital Media and teaches film and digital media. She also organizes the annual Northern Lights Film Festival, which brings independent films and filmmakers to campus for three days each spring, and advises the Cin/Optic Communication and Media Enterprise