College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Patricia Freitag Ericsson
Associate Professor and Director of Composition

Patty Ericsson

 

Biography

Patricia Freitag Ericsson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in technical communication, multimedia authoring, rhetoric, and critical technology studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication in 2003 from Michigan Technological University. Previous to that she completed degrees at Augustana College of South Dakota (M.A. in Composition Theory and Technology) and at the University of South Dakota (B.S. in English Education). Before coming to WSU, she taught Composition and Rhetoric at Dakota State University and directed the DSU Writing Program.

Research Interests

Ericsson's research interests include critical technology studies, technical and professional writing, visual literacy, the impacts of technology on education and agency, and the sustainability of interdisciplinary programs. Her co-edited collection, Truth or Consequences: Machine Scoring of Student Essays, was published in 2006 and includes a chapter by Ericsson, "The Meaning of Meaning: Is a Paragraph Just an Equation?" Her book chapter, "Sustainability and Digital Technology: Program Analysis Via a ‘Three-legged' Framework" will be published in 2008. 

Ericsson's 2002 article, "The Politics of the Program: MS WORD as the Invisible Grammarian" was anthologized in an collection, Computers in the Composition Classroom: A Critical Sourcebook, published in 2007.

She is currently completing a multimedia text on family and digital communication technologies.

Recent Publications

Ericsson's 2002 article, "The Politics of the Program: MS WORD as the Invisible Grammarian" was anthologized in an collection, Computers in the Composition Classroom: A Critical Sourcebook, published in 2007.

"Listen Up! Speaking and Listening in the Technical Communication Classroom." Resources in Technical Communication. Ed. Cynthia Selfe and Art Young. Baywood Press, 2007

Machine Scoring of Student Essays: Truth and Consequences. Ed. Patricia Freitag Ericsson and Richard Haswell. Logan, Utah: Utah State UP, 2006.

"The Meaning of Meaning: Is a Paragraph More than an Equation?" in Machine Scoring of Student Essays: Truth and Consequences. Ed. Patricia Freitag Ericsson and Richard Haswell. Logan, Utah: Utah State UP, 2006

"Raising the Standards for Standards: A Call for Definitions." English Education, April 2005.

"Celebrating Through Interrogation: Consideration of the OS Through Theoretical Lenses." in The Outcomes Book: Debate and Consensus about the WPA Outcomes Statement. Ed. Susanmarie Harrington, Keith Rhodes, Ruth Fischer, and Rita Malenczyk. Logan Utah: Utah State UP, March 2005.

"Expanding Our Understanding of Composing Outcomes." With Cynthia Selfe. in The Outcomes Book: Debate and Consensus about the WPA Outcomes Statement Ed. Susanmarie Harrington, Keith Rhodes, Ruth Fischer, and Rita Malenczyk. Logan Utah: Utah State UP, March 2005.

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