Philip Gallagher

Philip Gallagher
Mercer University · Department of Engineering

PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication
UX Pedagogy researcher for the User Experience Consortium (currently publishing and looking for grants)

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Introduction
Dr. Philip B. Gallagher is an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication at Mercer University. He's a member of ACM's Special Interest Group on Design of Communication, STC, and ATTW. His current research examines communication design pedagogy for STEM, accessibility and UX of technical information, and technology in writing ecology. He's published on these topics in Computers & Composition, the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, and STC & ACM SIGDOC proceedings.
Additional affiliations
August 2020 - present
Mercer University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Teaching and researching communication design and technology for Professional and Technical Communication of Engineers.
August 2015 - May 2020
Iowa State University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • I began my research into communication design pedagogy in technical communication, phenomenological writing experience with digital writing tools, and diversity and inclusion experience on college campuses.
August 2015 - May 2020
Iowa State University
Position
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
Description
  • I taught as part of the AdvComm program in the Department of English (Business Communication and Technical Communication)
Education
August 2015 - May 2020
Iowa State University
Field of study
  • Rhetoric and Professional Communication
August 2010 - May 2012
Eastern Illinois University
Field of study
  • Composition and Rhetoric

Publications

Publications (6)
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This paper examines changing approaches for understanding audience in Technical Communication. By analyzing shifts in audience theory, it defines a distributed network audience (DNA) theory reconfiguring the boundaries of what an audience is for digital composition. It draws upon distributed usability of user network influences for redefining audie...
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The idea of the Public and its influence on communication and civic activity has concerned rhetoricians since the Sophists sought methods to persuade the city-state. The Public’s common beliefs (doxa) and customary behaviors (nomoi) were the wealth spring from which an orator could move the mob (Mendelson 2002, 4). Many ancient concepts of the Publ...
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Collaborative projects are central in technical communication. But, COVID-19 forced us to adopt new processes. In many situations, technical communication learning and teamwork moved online or incorporated social distance restrictions. These challenges created opportunities to innovate. Inspired by Agile and Design Thinking, we made activities that...
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Accessibility is an evergreen issue for users of digital information who have visual impairments. This article offers a practicable approach to improving access to today's critical mass of technical visuals. We discuss using tags, alternative text, and visual content descriptions based on studies of users with visual impairments. Working from users...
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This case study investigates the phenomenon of graduate students writing with unfamiliar digital tools in semi-public writing environments. The increase in the prevalence of writing with unfamiliar tools in semi-public environments, such as networked computer classrooms and university testing centers, makes it worthy of investigation. We use phenom...
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Teaching and learning how to communicate effectively is influenced by the zeitgeist of each new age. During each age, changing ideology, culture, and technology reshape communication and necessitate instructional redesign. An examination of communication instruction over the last half century reveals a trajectory toward designing documents using mu...

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Projects (4)
Project
This collaborative project with Dr. David Russell and Philippe Meister investigates individual's behavior when writing with unfamiliar tools in environments with little to no privacy. This study is important because of the prevalence of writing with new tools, in such spaces. Previous research has looked at co-present writing, writing online, and writing software, but this project uses a phenomenological approach to capture the lived-experience of writers in these situations.