Robert McEachern, Ph.D.

MceachernProfessor of English

Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Composition Studies

Office: Engleman Hall D261
Phone: 203.392.5526

Email: mceachernr1@southernct.edu

 



 

Education

Ph.D., English/Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville, 1997
M.A., English, Northeastern University, 1991
B.A., English, Boston University, 1989

About Professor McEachern

I teach classes in professional writing and composition, and mentor students who complete professional writing internships. I also currently serve as Co-coordinator of the Composition Program. My research focuses on how social media affect the writing processes of professional writers. I am also very interested in online learning platforms, including MOOCs. 

Recent Courses Taught

ENG 112 – Writing Arguments
ENG 240 – Professional Writing: Theory and Practice
ENG 294 – Writing for the Web
ENG 304 – Technical Writing and Communication
ENG 316 – Writing for Business and Industry
ENG 398 – Professional Writing and Social Media
ENG 498 – Professional Writing Internship
ENG 519 – Teaching College Writing (Grad)

Selected Publications and Presentations

Publications:
“Why Cheat? Plagiarism in MOOCs.” MOOC News and Reviews. June 24, 2013. http://moocnewsandreviews.com/why-cheat-plagiarism-in-moocs/

“Looking Back at the ‘Fundamentals of Online Education’ Crash.” MOOC News and Reviews. May 2, 2013. http://moocnewsandreviews.com/looking-back-at-the-fundamentals-of-online-education-crash/

“Social Media Challenges for Professional Writers” Advances in Communications and Media Research. Volume 9. Ed. Anthony V. Stavros.New York:Nova Science Publishers, 2013.

“Experiencing a Social Network in an Organizational Context: The Facebook Internship.” Business Communication Quarterly 74:4 (December 2011). 486-493.

“(Un)civil Discourse in Nonprofits’ Use of Web 2.0.” Reflections: Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy 10:1 (Fall 2010): 156-171.
 
Presentations:
“Green Wedding Dresses, Diving Elbow Drops, and Charles Dickens: Interns’ Transitions to Professional Social Media Writing.” Modern Language Association. Boston, MA, January 2013.

“Rethinking Collaborative Writing: The Effects of Social Media on Nonprofit Writers.” Writing research Across Borders II: 4th International Conference on Writing Research. Fairfax, VA, February 2011.

“Remixing the Writer and the Reader: Nonprofits' Use of Web 2.0.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Louisville, KY, March 2010.