Director of Rhetoric and Composition
Ph.D., Carnegie-Mellon University, 1986
Rhetoric & Composition
Methodology (including digital historiography); feminist issues in technology and writing; technical and professional writing; institutional critique; visual rhetoric and communication
Since arriving at Purdue in 1985, Patricia Sullivan has directed Technical Writing and currently directs the Graduate Program in Rhetoric and Composition. Curriculum-wise, she has been instrumental in starting the B.A. in Professional Writing and secondary areas for the Ph.D. in Technical and Professional Writing and in Rhetoric, Technology and Digital Writing. With Jennifer Bay she is co-editor of Peitho (2013-2017). Her books: Electronic Literacies in the Workplace (co-edited with Jennie Dautermann), Opening Spaces (co-authored with James Porter), Professional Writing Online (co-authored with James Porter and Johndan Johnson-Eilola), and Technology, Labor, and Writing (co-edited with Pamela Takayoshi). Recently she has published in College Composition and Communication, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Educause Quarterly, and Journal of Technical Writing and Communication (forthcoming).