Associate Professor & Director of the Professional Writing Program
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://english.chass.ncsu.edu/faculty_staff/slpigg
I research the role of digital and networked writing on how people work, think, and learn, which has created a useful foundation for analyzing how publics and scientific experts can interact through interactive writing online. I began this work at Michigan State University in 2007 as part of an IMLS-funded team studying the co-construction of knowledge in science museum blogs. From this research came several publications including a 2012 article entitled “Messy Rhetoric: Identity Performance as Rhetorical Agency in Online Public Forums,” which focuses on the role of digital identity performances among scientist and public contributors to the Science Museum of Minnesota’s ScienceBuzz. At NC State, I have continued my focus on the intersection of public science and digital media through an ongoing partnership at the intersections of science literacy, seafood, and digital media. This collaboration has resulted in an ongoing pedagogical project in my ENG 515 Rhetoric of Science and Technology class, a publication about online information contexts that shape the public understanding of food and agriculture-related issues, and an ongoing digital media development project that will bring together scientists and publics around scientific, technological, and economic issues related to seafood. Finally, I am also the director of NC State’s Professional Writing program, which administers a science communication course for students across the university.