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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Jennifer Slack

Jennifer Daryl Slack

PhD, University of Illinois


(906) 487-3228

Professor of Communication and Cultural Studies, Humanities

Dr. Jennifer Daryl Slack's research focuses on the relationship between communication and culture and has both theoretical and practical components. Her research deals primarily with theoretical issues in cultural studies; technology and culture; environment and culture; creativity and

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Victoria L. Bergvall

PhD, Harvard University


(906) 487-3243

Associate Professor of Linguistics, Humanities

Dr. Victoria L. Bergvall's fields of scholarship range across language and gender theory and practice, discourse analysis (especially critical discourse analysis), sociolinguistics, computer-mediated communication, and the study of the dialects of the Upper Peninsula of