Amelia Herb is the Assistant Director of Writing Across the Curriculum in the Writing Program at the University of Arizona. She teaches undergraduate courses in business and technical writing and trains lecturers in the teaching of writing in the disciplines/business and technical writing. Before joining UA, she was a Science Writing Associate in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Princeton University where she worked on Diversity and Inclusion efforts, as well as receiving American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) EurekaAlert! recognition for such pieces as Double Helix of Masonry—Researchers Uncover the Secret of Italian Renaissance Domes. Prior to Princeton, she taught writing in the disciplines at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) working across 10+ fields including physics, mathematics, biology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, and linguistics.
Her research focuses on disciplinarity—genre, activities, rhetoric, and discourse—of science and engineering fields, as well as disciplinary research methods, library and information science, knowledge organization, archival methods, and domain analysis. Pedagogically, she centers on constructivist and compassionate approaches to the teaching of writing. For the past fifteen years, she has presented her work and conducted workshops at such venues as College Composition and Communication Conference, TESOL, and the Midwest Writing Center Association Conference.