Department of Humanities

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)

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Beatrice Smith

Beatrice Quarshie Smith

PhD, English Studies, Illinois State University


(906) 487-3229

Professor of Literacy Studies, Humanities

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

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Andrew Fiss

Ph.D. History & Philosophy of Science, Indiana University


Assistant Professor of Technical & Professional Communication

With a background in science studies and first-year writing, Dr. Andrew Fiss works at the intersections of cultural history, rhetoric, technical communication, and education. He has studied the use of podcasting to improve students' scientific and digital literacies, and his work about the rhetoric of mathematics textbooks has appeared in the