Doctorate of Philosophy—English, Purdue University        Expected Spring 2018    

  • Emphasis – Rhetoric and Composition
  • Secondary Emphases – Writing Program Administration, Professional Writing
  • Dissertation: Shifting from Pathology to Neurodiversity: The Rhetorical Construction of ADHD Accommodation Paradigms in the University
  • Committee: Patricia Sullivan (chair), Samantha Blackmon, Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Michael Salvo

Master of Arts—English, Brigham Young University        August 2013    

  • Emphasis – Rhetoric and Composition
  • Thesis: Reconceiving a Necessary Evil: Teaching a Transferable FYC Research Paper
  • Committee: Kristine Hansen (chair), Brian Jackson, David Stock

Bachelor of Arts—English, Brigham Young University        April 2011

  • Minor – Spanish


Research Publications

Dunn, Samuel. “Teaching an FYC Research Paper Transferable Across Disciplines.” Across the Disciplines. (Submitted, Under Review)

Center for Science of Information. Annual Report 2017: Center for Science of Information (CSoI), NSF Science and Technology Center. Edited by Samuel Dunn and Patrick Love. (forthcoming December 2017).

Center for Science of Information. “Annual Report 2016: Center for Science of Information (CSoI), NSF Science and Technology Center.” Edited by Mary McCall and Samuel Dunn. 2016.

Dunn, Samuel. “The Leader as Storyteller.” Leadership in the Humanities, edited by Susie McGann and Gregory Clark, BYU Academic Publishing, 2012. 41-51.

Dunn, Samuel. “Afterword” Leadership in the Humanities, edited by Susie McGann and Gregory Clark, BYU Academic Publishing,  2012. 115-120


McCall, Mary, Ashley Velázquez, Gracemarie Mike Fillenwarth and Samuel Dunn. “The Institutional Challenges of Administrating Ad Hoc WAC Initiatives without Institutional Support.” WAC Journal. (in preparation)

Dunn, Samuel. “ADHD as Pathology: An Analysis of the Nonsymbolic Motion and Symbolic Action in ADHD Diagnostic Tests.”  Rhetoric of Health and Medicine. (in preparation)

Dunn, Samuel. “What’s In a Name: Aristotle’s 28th Topos, the Nation of Islam, and the Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama.”   Rhetoric Review. (in preparation)



Dunn, Samuel. “Implementing Cognition-based Accommodations into Composition Courses.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2018, Kansas City, MO.

Dunn, Samuel. “Shifting from Pathology to Neurodiversity: An Analysis of the Nonsymbolic Motion and Symbolic Action in ADHD Diagnostic Tests.” Triennial Kenneth Burke Conference, June 2017, East Stroudsburg, PA.

Dunn, Samuel. “Accommodating the Needs of ADHD Students in the Professional and Technical Communication Classroom.” Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) Conference, March 2017, Portland, OR.

McCall, Mary, Samuel Dunn and Daniel Kenzie. “Responding to Change in WAC Partnerships: Assessment, Sustainability, and Writing for Social Leadership.” International Writing Across the Curriculum (IWAC) Conference, June 2016, Ann Arbor, MI. 

Dunn, Samuel. “Using Aristotle’s 28th Common Topos to Understand the Rhetorical Power of Proper Names in the Nation of Islam and the Presidency of President Barack Hussein Obama.” Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Conference, May 2016, Atlanta, GA.



Dunn, Samuel. “Slaves to Our Emotions: Motion, Emotion, Attitude and Action in the Correspondence between Burke and Booth.” BYU English Symposium, March 2013, Provo, UT. 

Dunn, Samuel. “Social Construction of Reality as Epistemic Rhetoric in Christian Youth Ministries.” BYU English Symposium, March 2012, Provo, UT.


“Preparing and Writing Successful NSF Grants” | NSF STC Professional Development Conference, Indianapolis, IN | August 2017

“The Scottish Enlightenment, Hugh Blair, and George Campbell” with Devon Cook | ENGL 624 Issues in Modern Rhetoric, Purdue University | Instructor: Dr. Patricia Sullivan | March 2017

“Leading Effective Discussions” | Writing Instructor Meeting, BYU University Writing Program | March 2013

“The Rhetoric of Fact Checking in the 2012 Presidential Debates” with Dr. Brian Jackson | BYU English Society Lecture Series | February 2013

“Effective Content Management Strategies” | Writing Instructor Meeting, BYU University Writing Program | January 2013



WAC Coordinator, Animal Science Department, Purdue University        Aug 2015 - June 2017

  • Collaborated with professors in the animal science department to restructure WAC curriculum for the animal science major senior seminar
  • Instructed 130 senior animal science students about professional writing in their field, and provided feedback on a series of writing assignments
  • Led monthly writing workshops, providing personalized instruction and comments

University Writing Program Assistant, University Writing Office, BYU        May 2012 – April 2013

  • Participated in planning and presenting a week-long seminar on teaching FYC for new graduate instructors
  • Planned and presented teacher training in small and large weekly instructor meetings
  • Observed and evaluated other graduate instructors



Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

  • Technical Writing: English 421 | Sections: 2

Designed a technical writing curriculum that focuses on teaching students to recognize and respond to varying rhetorical situations one might encounter in a technical workplace. Students write technical descriptions and reports which they then remediate for various audiences (from novice to industry insider) in various multimodal formats. Special attention is given to user experience and usability testing. Emphasis is given on writing for clarity, conciseness, and accuracy. 

  • Business Writing: English 420 | Sections: 6

Designed and taught courses centered on rhetorical situations and theoretical concepts central to professional writing (e.g. genre, ethics, accessibility, user-centered design, collaborative writing, various digital technologies). Course content was developed for two separate focuses:  1) rhetorical exigencies typical of entrepreneurship and 2) identifying and responding to problems and emergencies in professional settings. In both approaches to the course, students perform extensive research in their own fields of study and expertise and are taught various professional genres such as job documents, white papers, recommendation reports, internal memos, various professional communication mediums, and a series of marketing/PR mediums.  

  • First Year Composition: English 106 | Sections: 7

Developed syllabi for three different approaches to FYC focused on: 1) exploring how composition processes and mediums at once document and construct reality, 2) understanding and analyzing the rhetorical nature of physical spaces, and 3) learning and applying various methods, modes and mediums of argumentation to a variety of rhetorical purposes. With all three approaches, emphasis is placed on recognizing the composition habits and skills students are developing and the ways in which those skills can and will transfer beneficially to future writing experiences both within the university and after they graduate. 

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

  • Persuasive Writing: English 312 | Sections: 3

Planned course syllabus and writing assignments based on advanced principles of argumentation, organization and style. Instructed students extensively on using enthymematic writing as a heuristic for engaging in effective and ethical communication in a series of multimodal writing assignments.

  • Writing and Rhetoric: Writing 150 | Sections: 6

Instructed students on basic principles of academic writing, argumentation, secondary research, and writing processes. Taught students to compose through multiple mediums of composition.


Professional/Technical Writing EXPERIENCE

Technical Writer/Editor | Center for the Science of Information        Aug. 2016 – present

  • Edit and compile 300+ page annual report submitted to NSF of research work done by 20+ researchers at 12 colleges and universities 
  • Develop web copy for the Center website 
  • Provide feedback and revisions on staff writing and presentations

Freelance Technical Editor | West Lafayette, IN      Aug. 2016 – present

  • Advise engineers and scientists in various disciplines in writing and preparing peer-reviewed journal articles, grant applications, industry publications, poster presentations, and publicly focused publications

Writer | G5 Leadership (now Zag Learning), Salt Lake City, UT      Nov. 2014 – Feb. 2015

  • Wrote articles centered around leadership and professionalization topics

Search Engine Optimization Specialist | Boostability, American Fork, UT      May – Aug. 2011

  • Wrote 30+ blog posts per day specifically designed for specific client needs
  • Edited 200+ blog posts per day for content and grammar
  • Trained new employees on search engine optimization writing skills

Freelance Writing Tutor      Apr 2008 – April 2013

  • Tutored college students during the brainstorming, drafting and editing stages of writing assignments for courses in English composition, business, engineering, nursing, literature, Spanish language and literature, music history, philosophy, and religion.



PROMISE (Promoting Research Opportunities to Maximize Innovation and Scholarly Excellence) Award Travel Grant, 2017 | Awarded by Purdue University College of Liberal Arts Leadership

“Most Likely to Challenge Cherished Notions” Empirical Research Award, 2015 | Awarded by members of Purdue University Rhetoric and Composition Graduate Program

“Best Presentation” Empirical Research Award, 2015 |Awarded by members of Purdue University Rhetoric and Composition Graduate Program

Quintilian Award for Teaching Excellence in ICaP, Purdue University, 2014 | Awarded by Introductory Composition at Purdue faculty
Ed M. and Minnie Rowe Teaching Award Finalist, 2013 | Awarded by Brigham Young University English Department

Thayer Freshman Writing Award/Research Grant, 2012 |Awarded by Brigham Young University English Department



Advanced Placement English Language Test Reader, ETS      Summer 2016, 2017

Introductory Composition at Purdue Assessment Rater, Purdue University      Spring 2015

Research Assistant, Dr. Brian Jackson, BYU      Spring 2013

University Writing Assessment Rater, BYU      Spring 2012, 2013

Advanced Writing Intern, English Department, BYU      January – April 2012



Writing Program Administration/WAC/WID

  • Writing Program Administration---Bradley Dilger
  • Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing Transfer---Bradley Dilger
  • Emerging WPA Identities---Amy Ferdinandt-Stolley
  • Assessment---Richard Johnson-Sheehan
  • Aligning Writing Program Language---Richard Johnson-Sheehan
  • Composition Pedagogy---Brian Jackson
  • Teaching Advanced Composition---Brian Jackson 

Professional/Technical Writing

  • Professional Writing Theory---Patricia Sullivan
  • Approaches to Teaching Professional Writing---Michael Salvo
  • Computers in Language and Rhetoric---Samantha Blackmon
  • Leadership in the Humanities---Gregory Clark

Rhetorical Theory

  • Classical Rhetoric---Richard Johnson-Sheehan
  • Modern Rhetoric---Patricia Sullivan
  • Postmodern Rhetoric---Michael Salvo
  • Composition Theory---Jennifer Bay
  • History of Rhetoric---Gregory Clark
  • Rhetoric and Aesthetics---Gregory Clark
  • American Political Rhetoric---Brian Jackson
  • American Religious Rhetoric---Brian Jackson 

Research Methods

  • Empirical Research in Writing---Patricia Sullivan
  • Methodological Praxis---Patricia Sullivan
  • Research Methods in Rhetoric/Composition---Kristine Hansen
  • Qualitative Research Methods in SLS---Beril Tezeller Arik



  • Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)
  • Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA)
  • Kenneth Burke Society



Dr. Patricia A. Sullivan
Professor of English and Director of Rhetoric and Composition, Purdue University
sullivanatpurdue (at)

Dr. Richard Johnson-Sheehan
Professor of English, Purdue University
rjohnso (at)

Dr. Michael Salvo
Associate Professor of English, Purdue University
salvo (at)

Mailing Address for all References

Department of English
Purdue University
500 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907