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Faculty Directory » Robert Carr

Communications Media

Office Hours:

Semester: Spring 2018


and by appointment

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon 336
Phone: 978-665-3509

Courses Taught:

Human Communication (COMM 4200)
Systems and Theories of Communication
Writing for Advertising (COMM 3430)
Document Design (COMM 3470)
Public Relations (COMM 3460)
Writings in Aesthetics (COMM 4000)
Communication Law & Ethics (COMM 4230)
Applied Rhetoric (COMM 8013)
Writing for the Professional Artist (COMM 4211)
Technical Documentation


Ph.D. Rhetoric & Composition, Wayne State University, Detroit MI 2002

M.A. Written Communication, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 1997

Secondary Certification, English Language and Literature, History, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 1994

​B.S. English Language and Literature, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 1993

BGS, English Literature and History University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1990

Research Interests:

Marketing Communication
Communication Theory
Professional Writing
Creative Nonfiction
Writing Across the Curriculum

Current Projects:

Dr. Carr is studying the discourse between human, technology and the environment with an eye to better understanding technological determinism and its long-term implications. His inductive approach to theorizing from critical readings of communication practices translates into the cross-pollination of theory and production in his courses, which span communication theory, technical communication and professional writing.

Representative Publications:

Communal 'Intelligence' and the Disarming of Dangerous Information. Book Chapter, Freedom of Information in a Post 9-11 World. New York: Baywood, 2006.

Review of Robert R. Johnson's "User-Centered Technology: A Rhetorical Theory for Computer and Other Mundane Artifacts". "Post/Urban Textualities," April 1999.

"Strategic Planning, Legal Praxis and Rhetorical Theory: A Mutually Expanding Symbiotic Relationship" Michigan College English Association Annual Journal, 1998.

"Conflict and Synergy in Collaborative Scriptwriting" Michigan College English Association Annual Journal, 1997: 23-24 "Writing to Your Audience", and "The Thesis Statement." From One Writer to Another, by Charles Avinger. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1995.

Professional Affiliations:

National Communication Association
Rhetoric Society of America