Faculty | Michael J. Klein

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Professional Appointments and Training
I'm the director of graduate studies and an associate professor of writing, rhetoric and technical communication at James Madison University. I also teach courses that are part of the interdisciplinary minors in Science, Techology and Society and Environmental Studies.

From 2004-06, I was an instructor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies, a precursor to the School of WRTC.

For the 2006-07 academic year, I was a lecturer of professional writing in the Department of English at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. I taught the courses "Introduction to Technical Writing," "Theory and Practice of Editing," "Writing for Business," and "Writing about Science."

Before I began teaching at JMU, I was an adjunct instructor in the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. I taught the courses "Writing and Rhetoric Workshop I and II" and "Writing in the Workplace." I was also an adjunct instructor in the Department of History at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, where I taught "History of the Modern World."

I hold the following degrees:

You can contact me at kleinmj@jmu.edu

Scholarship and Teaching
My research focuses on the use of science fiction in the classroom as a learning tool, and the way science fiction film depicts science and scientists. In a larger sense, I am interested in the interaction between technology and culture.

My publications include the following:

Articles and Chapters

"Modern Myths: Science Fiction in the Age of Technology." Frontiers of Cyberspace. Ed. Daniel Riha. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2012: 259-83. Print.

"'Hey Sammy, We’re not in Kansas Anymor'’: The Frontier Motif in Supernatural." Undead in the West: Vampires, Zombies, Mummies, and Ghosts on the Cinematic Frontier. Eds. Cynthia Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2012: 19-31. Print.

"IP Caucus Roundtable: Students’ Rights to Their Writing and the Writing of Others." NCTE Inbox. August 23, 2011. Web.

"Beyond Black on White: Combining Document Design with MLA Style in the Writing Classroom." (with Kristi Shackelford). Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, volume 2. Eds. Charlie Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2011: 333-49. Print.

"Incorporating Science Fiction Into A Scientific Rhetoric Course." Practicing Science Fiction: Critical Essays on Writing, Reading, and Teaching the Genre. Eds. Karen Hellekson, Craig Jacobsen, Patrick Sharp, and Lisa Yaszek. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2010. 24-36. Print.

"Beholding the Uncanny: Replicants, Cyborgs and Clones in SF." Humanity in Cybernetic Environments. Ed. Daniel Riha. Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2009. 137-145. Print.

"Reconsidering the Lay-Expert Audience Divide." Handbook of Research on Virtual Workplaces and the New Nature of Business Practices. Eds. Kirk St. Amant and Pavel Zemliansky. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2008. 692-701. Print.


These are some of the courses I have taught at James Madison University: