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Moreland Hall

Moreland Hall 212

2550 SW Jefferson Way

2550 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Curriculum Vitae: 
PhD, Purdue University (2012)
MA, Case Western Reserve University (2005)
BSE, Slippery Rock University (2001)
Office Hours: 
MWF, 10:00-11:00AM, and by appointment

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Affiliated with: 
Sch of Wrtg Lit & Film
Courses Taught: 
  • WR 599: Composition Pedagogy
  • WR 599: Graduate Research Writing
  • WR 497/597: Digital Literacy and Culture
  • WR 585: Contemporary Rhetoric Theory
  • ENG 485/585: Introduction to Digital Humanities
  • WR 466/566: Professional Writing
  • WR 462/562: Environmental Writing
  • WR 435: Scientific, Technical, and Professional Communication Capstone
  • WR 411/511: The Teaching of Writing
  • WR 362: Science Writing
  • WR 327: Technical Writing
  • WR 303: Writing for the Web
  • WR 214: Writing for Business



Communicating Technology and Mobility: A Material Rhetoric for Transportation. New York: Routledge, 2016. [Winner of the 2018 College Composition & Communication best book in Technical or Scientific Communication]

Recent Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters

“Risk Selfies and Nonrational Environmental Communication.” Communication Design Quarterly 7, no. 1 (2019): 73-84.

“Persuasive Relations: Autonomous Vehicles and Gender.” Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies 8, no. 1 (2018).

“The Role of Metis in Revising Automotive Recall Letters.” In Posthuman Praxis in Technical Communication, eds. Kristen R. Moore and Daniel Richards. New York: Routledge, 2018.

“Failure Matters: Conflicting Techne in a High-Tech Case.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 48, no. 1 (2018): 31-52.

“Methodologies: Design Studies and Techne.” In Rhetoric and Experience Architecture, eds. Liza Potts and Michael J. Salvo, 166-183. Anderson, SC, Parlor Press, 2017.

“Explain Like I’m Five: Technical Descriptions in the Wild.” Technical Communication Quarterly 26, no. 1 (2017): 25-41.

"Rhetoric’s New Materialism: from Micro-Rhetoric to Microbrew.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 45, no. 5 (2015): 441-461.

“Is No one at the Wheel?: Nonhuman Agency and Agentive Movement” In Thinking with Bruno Latour in Rhetoric and Composition, edited by Paul Lynch and Nathaniel Rivers, 176-200. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2015.

“Cell Phones, Networks, and Power: Documenting Cell Phone Literacies.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 19, no. 2 (2015).

““Running with the Big Dogs”: The Rhetoric of Fan Identity in a Postmodern NASCAR.” In Motorsports and American Culture: From Demolition Derbies to NASCAR, eds. Mark D. Howell and John D. Miller, 87-102. Plymouth, UK: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

“Big Data, Big Questions.” Communication Design Quarterly 1, no. 4 (2013): 18-22.

“The Minimalist Approach to Online Instructional Videos.” Technical Communication 60, no. 2 (2013): 131-146.

“Translucency, Coursepacks, and the Post-Historical University: An Investigation into Pedagogical Things.” College English 74, no. 3 (2012): 247-267. 

Pflugfelder, Ehren Helmut. “Sustaining Knowledge Work in Student Engineering Clubs.” Proceedings of The International Professional Communication ConferenceIEEE International Cincinnati, OH (October, 2011): 1-7.

Moore, Kristen, and Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder. “On Being Bored and Lost (in Virtuality).” Learning, Media and Technology 35, no. 2 (2010): 249-253.

Salvo, Michael J., Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder, and Joshua Prenosil. “The Children of Aramis.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 40, no. 3 (2010): 245-263.

Something Less than a Driver: Toward an Understanding of Gendered Bodies in Motorsport.” Journal of Sport & Social Issues 33, no. 4 (2009): 411-426.

Research/Career Interests: 

Ehren Pflugfelder teaches courses in professional/technical writing, new media studies, and rhetoric and composition. He is at work on a book project that examines connections between rhetoric, mobility, and technology, under contract with Ashgate Studies in Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Culture called Communicating Technology and Mobility. It argues that from the design of complex technical projects to our everyday use of mobility devices – automobiles, roadways, smart phones, etc. – we are immersed in a network of subtle arguments. This work also outlines some of the ways in which technical communicators can take up positions as symbolic-material workers that give voice to human users as well as important nonhumans involved in transportation projects. Ehren is also a Managing Editor for Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society. Recently, he has published essays on multimedia instruction manuals, big data, transportation technology and user feedback in journals such as College English, Technical Communication, Kairos, the Journal and Technical Writing and Communication, and Communication Design Quarterly. He holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University (2012), an M.A from Case Western Reserve University (2005), and a B.S.E. from Slippery Rock University (2001).