William V. Van Pelt, Associate Professor

email: vanpelt@uwm.edu
phone: 414-229-4326
office: Curtin Hall 505
website: www.uwm.edu/~vanpelt
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PhD, English and German Literature, University of California-Santa Cruz
MA, English and German Literature, University of California-Riverside
BA, Math & English, University of California-Riverside

Research Interests:

Cultural Factors in International Web design
Rhetorical Theory
Communication, Writing, and Information Technology
Poetics and Literary Criticism
Romanticism in English Literature and Culture
Online Pedagogy and Writing

Teaching Interests:

Technical and Professional Writing
Rhetoric and Writing for Information Technology
English Romantic Literature
American Short Fiction
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory

Recent Publications:

"Web Documents' Cultural Masculinity and Femininity," Journal of Management Information Systems, Vol. 23, No. 1, Summer 2006, pp. 87-128, co-authored with Fatemeh "Mariam" Zahedi and Mark Srite.

"A Conceptual Framework for International Web Design," IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Vol. 44, no. 2, June 2001, pp. 83-103, co-authored with Mariam Zahedi and Jaeki Song. Winner of the Rudolph J. Joenk, Jr. Award for most "outstanding paper" published in the 2001 IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.

"Postmodernism," in Theorizing Composition, ed. Mary Kennedy, London: Greenwood Press: 1998, 218-223.

Critical Annotation of Martin Heidegger's The Question Concerning Technology and Other Essays, in The St. Martin's Bibliography of Business and Technical Communication, ed. Gerald J. Alred, New York: St. Martin's 1997, 167-168.

"Peer Collaboration and the Computer: Bridging the Gap Between Academia and the Work Place," Chapter 9 in Collaborative Writing in Industry: Investigations in Theory and Practice, eds. Mary M. Lay and William M. Karis (Amityville, New York: Baywood Technical Communication Series, Baywood Publishing Company, 1991), 170-205. Co-authored with Alice Gillam. (Nominated for NCTE "1992 Award for Excellence" in Technical and Scientific Communication.)

"Collaborative Writing with Computers: Software Documentation Projects for Technical Writing Classes," Collaborative Writing and Group Projects for Technical Writing Classes, eds. Richard Louth and Ann Martin Scott (University of Minnesota: Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, 1989), 193-203.