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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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

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Beatrice Smith

Beatrice Quarshie Smith

PhD, English Studies, Illinois State University


(906) 487-3229

Director, Intensive English as a Second Language

Professor Smith researches the intersections of language, literacy, globalization, gender relations, economics and technology. Her recent book Reading and writing in a global workplace: gender, literacy and outsourcing in Ghana (2012) explores the literacy conditions of women working in data-processing outsourcing centers. Her research on this topic has been supported by . . .

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Karla Kitalong

Karla Saari Kitalong

PhD, Michigan Technological University


(906) 487-3254

Professor, Humanities

Dr. Karla Saari Kitalong’s research and teaching interests are situated at the intersections of visual rhetoric and usability. Her recent work, funded by both the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, is in formative evaluation and user-centered design of mixed reality simulations, humanities learning games, and . . .