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Michael Salvo

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Promoted to Professor
Department of English

Michael Salvo completed a Ph.D. at Texas Tech University in 2000. He serves as Director of Professional Writing at Purdue and is interested in researching issues in professional and technical writing and rhetoric, particularly ethical issues related to writing with digital technology in academic and nonacademic settings. He specializes in teaching professional and technical writing.

After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Salvo spent three years at Northeastern University before joining the Rhetoric & Composition program at Purdue. He leads a group of usability researchers testing Purdue’s Online Writing Lab.

Among his publications are Writing Postindustrial Place: Technoculture Amid the Cornfields (Routledge, 2017) and Rhetoric and Experience Architecture (Parlor Press, 2018), which he co-edited with Liza Potts. He is a founding member and on the editorial board of Kairos, the longest continuously publishing online journal in new media, rhetoric and writing. He won the Hugh Burns Award in computers and writing, received the Ellen Nold Award for research published in Computers and Composition, and won the Kairos Best Webtext Award. His research on usability, program assessment, and information architecture has been published in IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Technical Communication, and Technical Communication Quarterly.