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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Patty Sotirin

Patty Sotirin

PhD, Purdue University

Contact

(906) 487-3264
pjsotiri@mtu.edu

Professor of Communication, Humanities

Dr. Patty Sotirin's research involves critical-interpretive approaches to issues of culture, relationality, and gender. Her work draws on discursive theories of communication, critical management studies, cultural studies, feminist theories and qualitative methodologies. She is Editor of Women and Language.

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Craig Waddell

Craig Waddell

PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Contact

(906) 487-3261
cwaddell@mtu.edu

Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Humanities

Dr. Craig Waddell is an associate professor of Rhetoric. His teaching and research areas include classical rhetoric; public participation; building community in local, national, and global contexts; global poverty; communicating health, environmental, and natural-hazard risks; journalism; and qualitative research methods.

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L. Syd M Johnson

PhD, University at Albany, State University of New York

Contact

(906) 487-3232
lsjohnso@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Humanities

Dr. L. Syd M. Johnson's work in neuroethics and bioethics focuses on the ethical implications of developments in neuroscience, particularly those related to disorders of consciousness and traumatic brain injury. She is especially interested in issues of quality of life related to "halfway technologies" that can result in partial recovery, but . . .