Carolyn Miller

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6597-1818

genre, rhetoric, rhetoric of science, digital rhetoric

Carolyn R. Miller retired from North Carolina State University in 2015 after 42 years on the faculty. Her research interests include genre studies, digital rhetoric, rhetorical theory, and rhetoric of science and technology. This work has explored rhetorical concepts of invention, agency, kairos, ethos, and community, and her work in genre has been foundational to North American genre studies. She is a Fellow of the Rhetoric Society of America and Fellow of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing. Her professional service includes terms as president of the Rhetoric Society of America and editor of its journal, Rhetoric Society Quarterly. She has lectured and taught in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, and South Korea.

Works (80)

2020 journal article

"Tree Thinking": The Rhetoric of Tree Diagrams in Biological Thought

Poroi: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Rhetorical Analysis and Invention, 15(2), 1–61.

By: C. Miller & M. Hartzog

Source: ORCID
Added: June 4, 2020

2018 chapter

Classification and Its Discontents: Making Peace with Blurred Boundaries, Open Categories, and Diffuse Disciplines

In R. Melencyzk, S. Miller-Cochran, E. Wardle, & K. B. Yancey (Eds.), Composition, Rhetoric, and Disciplinarity (pp. 87–110). Louisville, CO: Utah State University Press.

By: G. Reid & C. Miller

Ed(s): R. Melencyzk, S. Miller-Cochran, E. Wardle & K. Yancey

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

2018 chapter

Genre in Ancient and Networked Media

In M. Kennerly & D. S. Pfoster (Eds.), Ancient Rhetorics & Digital Networks (pp. 176–204). Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.

By: C. Miller

Ed(s): M. Kennerly & D. Pfoster

Event: at Tuscaloosa, AL

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

2018 journal article

Genre: Permanence and Change

Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 48(3), 269–277.

By: C. Miller, A. Devitt & V. Gallagher

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID, Crossref
Added: August 6, 2018

2018 book

Landmark Essays in Rhetorical Genre Studies

In Routledge. New York: Routledge.

Ed(s): C. Miller, A. Devitt, J. Murphy & K. Ratcliffe

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

2017 chapter

"Where Do Genres Come From?"

In C. R. Miller & A. R. Kelly (Eds.), Emerging Genres in New Media Environments (pp. 1–34). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

By: C. Miller

Ed(s): C. Miller & A. Kelly

Event: at London

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

2017 journal article

Counterpoint: The Appeal(s) of Latour

Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 47(5), 454–459.

By: L. Walsh, B. Latour, N. Rivers, J. Rice, L. Gries, J. Bay, T. Rickert, C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2017 book

Emerging Genres in New Media Environments

In C. R. Miller & A. R. Kelly (Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan.

By: C. Miller & A. Kelly

Ed(s): C. Miller & A. Kelly

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2016 chapter

14. Discourse Genres

In A. Rocci & L. Saussure (Eds.), Verbal Communication (pp. 269–286).

By: C. Miller & A. Kelly

Ed(s): A. Rocci & L. Saussure

Sources: ORCID, Crossref
Added: September 2, 2019

2016 journal article

Genre Innovation: Evolution, Emergence, or Something Else?

Journal of Media Innovations, 3(2), 4–19.

By: C. Miller

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

2015 chapter

Genre Change and Evolution

In N. Artemeva & A. Freedman (Eds.), Genre Studies around the Globe: Beyond the Three Traditions (pp. 154–185). Edmonton, AB: Trafford Publishing.

By: C. Miller

Ed(s): N. Artemeva & A. Freedman

Event: at Edmonton, AB

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

2015 journal article

Genre as Social Action (1984), Revisited 30 Years Later (2014)

Letras & Letras, 31(3), 56–72.

By: C. Miller

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

2012 book

New Genres, Now and Then

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

2012 chapter

New Genres, Now and Then

In Literature, Rhetoric, and Values.

Source: ORCID
Added: September 24, 2019

2010 chapter

Foreword: Rhetoric, Technology, and the Pushmi-Pullyu

In Rhetorics and Technologies: New Directions in Writing and Communication.

Source: ORCID
Added: September 24, 2019

2010 book

Rhetorics and Technologies: New Directions in Writing and Communication

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

2010 book

Should We Name the Tools? Concealing and Revealing the Art of Rhetoric

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

2010 chapter

Should We Name the Tools? Concealing and Revealing the Art of Rhetoric

In The Public Work of Rhetoric.

Source: ORCID
Added: September 24, 2019

2009 chapter

Questions for genre theory from the blogosphere

In Genres in the Internet: Issues in the Theory of Genre (pp. 263–290).

By: C. Miller & D. Shepherd

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2009 chapter

Rhetoric, disciplinarity, and fields of knowledge

In The Sage handbook of rhetorical studies (pp. 167–174). Los Angeles: Sage.

By: J. Lyne & C. Miller

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2008 book

Persuasion, Audience, and Argument

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

2008 chapter

Persuasion, Audience, and Argument

In C. Bazerman (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Writing: History, Society, School, Individual, Text (pp. 583–598). New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

By: C. Miller & D. Charney

Ed(s): C. Bazerman

Source: ORCID
Added: September 24, 2019

2007 chapter

Audience, persuasion, argument

In Handbook of research on writing: History, society, school, individual, text (pp. 583–598). New York: L. Erlbaum Associates.

By: C. Miller & D. Charney

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2007 journal article

What Can Automation Tell Us about Agency?

Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 37(2), 137–157.

By: C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2006 article

The The rhetoric of RHETORIC: The quest for effective communication [review]

Philosophy and Rhetoric, Vol. 39, pp. 261–263.

By: C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2005 chapter

Novelty and heresy in the debate on nonthermal effects of electromagnetic fields

In Rhetoric and incommensurability (pp. 464–505). West Lafayette, Ind.: Parlor Press.

By: C. Miller

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2004 chapter

Expertise and Agency: Transformations of Ethos in Human-Computer Interaction

In The Ethos of Rhetoric (pp. 197–218). Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press.

By: C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2004 book

Expertise and Agency: Transformations of Ethos in Human-Computer Interaction

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

2004 chapter

Reuniting wisdom and eloquence within the engineering curriculum

In Liberal education in twenty-first century engineering: responses to ABET/EC 2000 criteria (WPI studies ; v. 23) (pp. 41–50). New York: Peter Lang.

By: C. Miller

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2003 journal article

Assessing Technical Writing in Institutional Contexts: Using Outcomes-Based Assessment for Programmatic Thinking

Technical Communication Quarterly, 12(1), 101–114.

By: M. Carter, C. Anson & C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2003 chapter

Integrated Approaches to Teaching Rhetoric: Unifying a Divided House

In The Realms of Rhetoric: The Prospects for Rhetoric Education (pp. 209–228). Albany, NY: Albany: State University of New York Press.

By: C. Miller, M. Carter & V. Gallagher

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2003 book

Integrated Approaches to Teaching Rhetoric: Unifying a Divided House

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

2003 journal article

The The presumptions of expertise: The role of ethos in risk analysis

Configurations, 11(2), 163–202.

By: C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2003 chapter

What's practical about technical writing?

In Professional writing and rhetoric: readings from the field (pp. 61–70). New York: Longman.

By: C. Miller

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2003 book

Writing in a Culture of Simulation: Ethos Online

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

2003 chapter

Writing in a Culture of Simulation: Ethos Online

In M. Nystrand & J. Duffy (Eds.), Towards a Rhetoric of Everyday Life: New Directions in Research on Writing, Text, and Discourse (pp. 58–83). Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

By: C. Miller

Ed(s): M. Nystrand & J. Duffy

Source: ORCID
Added: September 24, 2019

2002 chapter

Foreword

In Rhetoric and Kairos: Essays in History, Theory and Praxis (p. xi-). Albany, NY: Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

By: C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2002 book

Rhetoric and Kairos: Essays in History, Theory and Praxis

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

2002 review

Sorting things out: Classification and its consequences by Geoffrey C. Bowker and Susan Leigh Star [review]

[Review of Technical Communication Quarterly: TCQ, 11(1), 113–115.

By: C. Miller

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2001 journal article

Genre som social handling

Rhetorica, 18(2001), 19?35.

By: C. Miller

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2001 journal article

IText - Future directions for research on the relationship between information technology and writing

Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 15(3), 269–308.

By: C. Geisler, C. Bazerman, S. Doheny-Farina, L. Gurak, C. Haas, J. Johnson-Eilola, D. Kaufer, A. Lunsford ...

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2001 article

Rethinking the rhetorical tradition: From Plato to postmodernism [review]

Philosophy and Rhetoric, Vol. 34, pp. 179–181.

By: C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2001 chapter

Writing in a culture of simulation: ethos online

In The semiotics of writing: Transdisciplinary perspectives on the technology of writing (Semiotic and cognitive studies ; 10). Turnhout: Brepols.

By: C. Miller

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2000 journal article

Active and interactive learning online: A comparison of Web- based and conventional writing classes

IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 43(2), 166–184.

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2000 chapter

The Aristotelian Topos: Hunting for Novelty

In Rereading Aristotle's Rhetoric (pp. 130–146). Carbondale, IL: Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.

By: C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2000 book

The Aristotelian Topos: Hunting for Novelty

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

1998 report

Effective composition instruction: What does the research show?

In Publications (North Carolina State University. Center for Communication in Science, Technology, and Management) ; no. 3 (Vol. 3). Raleigh, NC: Center for Communication in Science, Technology, and Management.

By: M. Carter, C. Miller & A. Penrose

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

1998 chapter

Genre as social action

In Landmark essays on contemporary rhetoric (pp. 123–141). Mahwah, N.J.: Hermagoras Press.

By: C. Miller

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

1998 journal article

Learning from history: World War II and the culture of high technology

Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 12(3), 288–315.

By: C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

1997 chapter

Classical rhetoric without nostalgia: A response to Gaonkar

In Rhetorical hermeneutics: Invention and interpretation in the age of science -- (SUNY series in speech communication) (pp. 130–146). Albany: State University of New York Press.

By: C. Miller

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

1997 chapter

Epilogue: On divisions and diversity in rhetoric

In Making and unmaking the prospects for rhetoric: Selected papers from the 1996 Rhetoric Society of America Conference (pp. 207–209). Mahwah, NJ: L. Erlbaum.

By: C. Miller

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

1997 book

Making and unmaking the prospects for rhetoric: Selected papers from the 1996 Rhetoric Society of America Conference

Mahwah, NJ: L. Erlbaum.

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

1996 report

Communication in the 21st Century: The original liberal art in an age of science and technology

In Publications (North Carolina State University. Center for Communication in Science, Technology, and Management) ; no. 1 (Vol. 1). Raleigh, NC: Center for Communication in Science, Technology, and Management.

By: C. Miller

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

1996 report

Communication in the workplace: What can NCSU students expect?

In Publications (North Carolina State University. Center for Communication in Science, Technology, and Management) ; no. 2 (Vol. 2). Raleigh, NC: Center for Communication in Science, Technology, and Management.

By: C. Miller, J. Larsen & J. Gaitens

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

1996 chapter

Low-level radioactive waste siting controversy in North Carolina: Toward a rhetorical model of risk communication

In Green culture: Environmental rhetoric in contemporary America (pp. 111–140). Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

By: S. Katz & C. Miller

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

1994 journal article

Opportunity, opportunism, and progress: Kairos in the rhetoric of technology

Argumentation, 8(1), 81–96.

By: C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

1994 chapter

Rhetorical community: The cultural basis of genre

In Genre and the new rhetoric -- (Critical perspectives on literacy and education) (pp. 67–78). London: Taylor & Francis.

By: C. Miller

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

1993 chapter

Reading Darwin, Reading Nature: Or, On the Ethos of Historical Science

In Understanding Scientific Prose (pp. 106–126). Madison: Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

By: C. Miller & S. Halloran

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

1993 book

Reading Darwin, Reading Nature: Or, On the Ethos of Historical Science

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

1993 chapter

Rhetoric and community: The problem of the one and the many

In Defining the new rhetorics (pp. 79–94). Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

By: C. Miller

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

1993 journal article

The Polis as Rhetorical Community

Rhetorica - Journal of the History of Rhetoric, 11(3), 211–240.

By: C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

1992 chapter

Kairos in the Rhetoric of Science

In A Rhetoric of Doing: Essays on Written Discourse in Honor of James L. Kinneavy (pp. 310–327). Carbondale, IL: Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.

By: C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

1992 book

Kairos in the Rhetoric of Science

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

1991 chapter

Understanding failures in organizational discourse: The accident at Three Mile Island and the shuttle Challenger disaster

In Textual dynamics of the professions: Historical and contemporary studies of writing in professional communities (pp. 279–305). Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

By: C. Herndl, B. Fennell & C. Miller

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

1990 chapter

The Rhetoric of Decision Science: Or, Herbert A. Simon Says

In The Rhetorical Turn: Invention and Persuasion in the Conduct of Inquiry (pp. 162–184). Chicago, IL: Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

By: C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

1990 book

The Rhetoric of Decision Science: Or, Herbert A. Simon Says

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

1987 journal article

Aristotle's 'Special Topics' in Rhetorical Practice and Pedagogy

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

1987 journal article

Aristotle's 'Special Topics' in Rhetorical Practice and Pedagogy

Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

Source: ORCID
Added: September 24, 2019

1986 journal article

Discourse classifications in nineteenth-century rhetorical pedagogy

Southern Speech Communication Journal, 51, 371–384.

By: C. Miller & D. Jolliffe

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

1985 chapter

Special topics of argument in engineering reports

In Writing in nonacademic settings (pp. 309–341). New York: Guilford Press.

By: C. Miller & J. Selzer

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

1984 journal article

Genre as Social Action

Quarterly Journal of Speech, 70, 151–167.

By: C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

1984 journal article

Genre as Social Action

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

1983 book

New essays in technical and scientific communication: Research, theory, practice -- (Baywood's technical communications series ; v. 2)

Farmingdale, NY: Baywood Publishing Co.

By: P. Anderson, R. Brockmann & C. Miller

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

1982 journal article

Public Knowledge in Science and Society

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

1982 journal article

Public Knowledge in Science and Society

Pre/Text, 3(1), 31–49.

By: C. Miller

Source: ORCID
Added: September 24, 2019

1980 journal article

Carolyn Miller Responds

College English, 41(7), 825.

By: C. Miller

Source: ORCID
Added: September 2, 2019

1980 journal article

Vocationalism and Vision in Writing Courses

Journal of General Education, 32(3), 239–246.

By: C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

1979 journal article

A Humanistic Rationale for Technical Writing

College English, 40, 610–617.

By: C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

1978 journal article

Technology as a form of consciousness: A study of contemporary ethos

Central States Speech Journal, 29, 228–236.

By: C. Miller

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

1965 journal article

Ionizing Radiation: Effect of Irradiated Medium on Synthetic Processes

Science, 147(3661), 1045–1047.

By: E. Pollard, M. Ebert, C. Miller, K. Kolacz & T. Barone

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: September 13, 2020

Employment

1973 - 2015

North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC, US
SAS Institute Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Emerita English

Education

1976 - 1980

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY, US
Ph.D. in Communcation and Rhetoric

1967 - 1968

Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA, US
M.A. English

1965 - 1967

Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA, US
B.A. English