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English and Comparative Literature

Lisa Meloncon

Lisa Meloncon

Lisa Meloncon: Associate Professor, Professional Writing

Contact Information

Lisa Meloncon
Position Associate Professor, Professional Writing
Office Location McMicken Hall room 229 B
Phone (513) 556-3034
Fax (513) 556-5960
Mail Location  0069


School Degree
University of South Carolina Ph.D., Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Research Interests

medical rhetoric, technical and professional communication, health communication, environmental health communication, visual rhetoric, space/place, health literacy, transdisciplinary research methods

Research Support

(Co-PI) Translation of Common Disease Genetics into Clinical Applications (R21) (not funded. presently working to revise and resubmit), NIH. $274,750..

(Co-Investigator) UC/Marietta/Parkersburg Metro Area Reciprocal Research Relationship (R03 ES007362-01), NIEHS. $150,000.. Status: Active.

(PI) TechComm Programmatic Central, CPTSC. 1370.00.. Status: Active.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Meloncon, Lisa. (2007). "Exploring the Electronic Landscape: Technical Communication, Online Learning, and Instructor Preparedness." Technical Communication Quarterly 16, 31-53.

Meloncon, Lisa. (2009) "Analysis of Masters Programs in Technical Communication." Technical Communication 56.2, 137-148.

Meloncon, Lisa. (2010) "Answering the call: Toward a history of proposals." Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 40.1, 29-50.

Rentz, K., Debs. M., & Meloncon, L. (2010).Getting an invitation to the English table—And whether or not to accept it. Technical Communication Quarterly, 19(3), 281-299.

Meloncon, L. & England, P. (2011). Current status of contingent faculty in technical and professional communication. College English, 73(4), 396-408.

Meloncon, L., Haynes, E., Varelmann, M, & Groh, L. (2010). Building a Playground: General Guidelines for Creating Educational Websites for Children. Technical Communication, 57(4), 397-415. 

Haynes, E., Beidler, C., Wittberg, D., Meloncon, L.,  Kopras, E., Parin, M. & Deitrick, K. (2011). Developing a bidirectional academic-community partnership for environmental health research and risk communication: The process and results leading to action. Environmental Health Perspectives, 119(10), 1364-1372

Meloncon, L. (in Press). A Current overview of certificate program in technical communication. Technical Communication.

Fullencamp, A., Haynes, E., Meloncon, L., Succop, P., & Nebert, D. (accepted July 2012, In Press). Perceptions of Genetic

Conference/Workshop Proceedings

Meloncon, L. (in press). TechComm Programmatic Central: Helping Track Programmatic Information in Times of Change. CPTSC Proceedings  Eds. Elizabeth Pass.  Meeting in Boise, ID, Oct, 10-11, 2010.


(in progress book project) Meloncon, Lisa. Vernacular Health and Healing : Making Medicine Through Rhetoric in Early Modern England, 1375-1575.

Meloncon, L. (Ed.). (in press).Rhetorical AccessAbility: At the Intersections of Technical Communication and Disability Studies. Amityville, NY: Baywood. Technical Communication Series.

Book Chapters

Meloncon, L. and Martin, B. (2009). Dancing with the iPod:  Navigating education’s new wireless landscape. In Amy C. Kimme Hea (ed.), Going Wireless: A Critical Exploration of Wireless and Mobile Technologies for Composition Teachers and Scholars.  (pp. 287-304). Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press. New Dimensions in Computers and Composition Series.

Meloncon, L. (2009). Topography of educational place(s): Technical communication, instructor preparedness, and hybrid courses. In George Pullman and Baotong Gu (Eds.), Content management: bridging the gap between theory and practice.(pp. 103-127). Amityville, NY: Baywood Press. Technical Communication Series.

Meloncon, L. (in press). How to read landscapes: A method for integrating visual communication in the technical communication classroom. In Designing Texts: Teaching Visual Communication.  Eds. Eva Brumberger and Kathryn Northcut. Amityville, NY: Baywood Press. Technical Communication Series.

Meloncon, L. and Arduser, L. (in press). Communities of practice approach: A new model for online course development and sustainability. In Online Education 2.0: Evolving, Adapting, and Reinventing Online Technical Communication.Eds. Keith Grant-Davie and Kelli Cargile-Cook. Amityville, NY: Baywood Press. Technical Communication Series.

Zoller, H. and Meloncon, L. (in Press). The good neighbor campaign as a communication intervention to


Meloncon, L. (2009).  Review of Payne, Lynda. With Words and Knives: Learning Medical Dispassion in Early Modern England in Journal of British Studies, 48.2, 494-495.

Other Publications

Kathryn Rentz, Lora Arduser, Lisa Meloncon, and Mary Beth Debs. (2009) "Designing a Successful Group-Report Experience." Business Communication Quarterly 72, 79-84.

Singleton, M. & Meloncon, L. (2011).  A social media primer for technical communicators.  Intercom, 58.6, 6-9.

Invited Presentations

Meloncon, Lisa (09-2007). Wiki, Wiki, What?. Center of Enhanced Teaching and Learning, .

Meloncon, Lisa (04-2008). Blogs and Wikis in an Integrated Curriculum. Ohio Learning Network TeachU Series, , online.

Poster Presentations

(04-2008). “Putting Technical Communication in its Place(s): Mapping Common Strengths and Common Goals.” . Association of Teachers of Technical Writing,, New Orleans, LA..

(03-2009). Multiple Locations of Work: The Role of Technical Communication in Community Based Participatory Research. Assocaition of Teachers of Technical Writing, San Francisco, CA.


Meloncon, Lisa Vernacular Health and Healing. Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.

Honors and Awards

Summer Research Fellowship, $8000, Taft Research Center, .

Great Cities Great Service : Service Learning Grant, $750, .

Courses Taught






15-ENGL-528, Captone Rhetoric and Professional Writing.


15-ENGL-795, Capstone MA in Professional Writing and Editing.

Additional Information

Professional Organizations:

  • Society for Technical Communication
  • National Communication Association
  • Rhetoric Society of America
  • Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
  • Association of Business Communication
  • Council of Programs of Technical and Scientific Communication
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • IEEE Professional Communication Society
  • American Association of the History of Medicine