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Faculty Directory » Robert Carr

Communications Media

Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2020
Tuesday, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Wednesday 11 AM to 12 PM
Thursday 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
OR by appointment

Please email Dr. Carr at to schedule an online meeting.

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon Hall 336
Phone: 978.665.3509

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Communication & Media Studies (COMM 1105)
Message Design (COMM 1120)
Introduction to Professional Communication (COMM 3010)
Writing for Advertising (COMM 3430)
Public Relations (COMM 3460)
Document Design (COMM 3470)
Writings in Aesthetics (COMM 4000)
Marketing Communication (COMM 4212)
Organizational Communication (COMM 4220)


Ph.D., Wayne State University (Rhetoric & Composition), 2002
M.A., Eastern Michigan University (Written Communication), 1997
Secondary Certification, Eastern Michigan University (English Language and Literature, History), 1994
​B.S., Eastern Michigan University, (English Language and Literature), 1993
B.G.S., University of Michigan, (English Literature and History) 1990

Research Interests:

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

Current Projects:

Dr. Carr is the coach of the Fitchburg State University Advertising Team, which competes annually in the National Student Advertising Competition.

He 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:

Book Chapters

Carr, R. (1995). "Writing to Your Audience" and "The Thesis Statement." In C. Avinger, One Writer to Another. New York: Harcourt Brace.

Carr, R. (2006). "Communal 'Intelligence' and the Disarming of Dangerous Information." In C.H. Sides (Ed.), Freedom of Information in a Post 9-11 World. New York: Baywood.

Book Reviews

Carr, R. (1999). [Review of the book User-Centered Technology: A Rhetorical Theory for Computer and Other Mundane Artifacts by Robert R. Johnson]. Post/Urban Textualities.


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

Carr, R. (1997). "Conflict and Synergy in Collaborative Scriptwriting." Michigan College English Association Annual Journal, pp. 23-24.

Professional Affiliations:

AAF - American Advertising Federation
FAM - Fitchburg Art Museum
NCA - National Communication Association
RSA - Rhetoric Society of America