Dr. Andrew Mara
Upper-Division Writing Director
Office: Minard 318E44
Andrew Mara began teaching and researching at NDSU in 2006. Dr. Mara earned his B.A. in English: Literature (and minor in Music Performance) from the University of Redlands in 1993, M.A. in Literature from the Pennsylvania State University in 1996, and Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing with emphases on Professional and Technical Writing in 2003. He combined this academic experience with on-the-job expertise as a professional communicator at Sandia National Laboratories.
Research interests include posthumanism, new media performance, rhetoric of technology and scientific progress, corporate and organizational use of new media, and innovative pedagogy. Along with Dr. Miriam Mara, Andrew Mara was NDSU's first Faculty-in-Residence from 2008-2010 at the Living Learning Center.
Dr. Mara's regular courses include Introduction to Writing Studies, Teaching Upper-Division Writing, and Invention to Innovation. In addition he also teaches Rhetorics and Poetics of New Media, and Writing in the Design Professions, Business and Professional Writing, and Electronic Communication.
Recent publications include:
Co-edited special issue on "Posthuman Rhetorics and Technical Communication," Technical Communication Quarterly, 19.1 (2010) (with Dr. Byron Hawk).
"Finding an Analytic Frame for Faculty-Student Interaction within Faculty-in-Residence Programs," Innovative Higher Education 36.1 (2011) (with Dr. Miriam Mara).
"Publish or Perish and the Ripple Effect: Lessons From a Research and Teaching Faculty Learning Community." The Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. 20.3 (2009) 145-173 (with Andrew Hershberger, Maria Spense, Paul Cesarini, Kathleen Jorisson, Dave Albrecht, Jeffrey Gordon, and Canchu Lin).
“Ethos as Market Maker: The Creative Role of Technical Communications Marketing in a Technology Startup,” Journal of Business and Technical Communication 22.4 (2008): 429-453.