Ann Shivers-McNair

About Ann Shivers-McNair

Ann Shivers-McNair is Assistant Professor and Director of Professional and Technical Writing in the Department of English and Affiliated Faculty in the School of Information at the University of Arizona. Her work has appeared in journals such as Learning, Culture, and Social Interaction; Computers and Composition; Across the Disciplines; Technical CommunicationKairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy; and College Composition and Communication. She also serves as associate editor of Technical Communication Quarterly, and she is a co-organizer of UX@UA, a Tucson user experience community.

Selected Publications

Shivers-McNair, Ann. “Mediation and Boundary Marking: A Case Study of Making Literacies in a Makerspace.” Learning, Culture, and Social Interaction (In press 2019): Available online (library access).

Shivers-McNair, Ann, Laura Gonzales, and Tetyana Zhyvotovska. “An Intersectional Feminist Framework for Community-Driven Technology Innovation.” Computers and Composition vol. 50 (March 2019). Available online (open access).

Shivers-McNair, Ann, Joy Phillips, Alyse Campbell, Hanh H. Mai, Alice Yan, John Forrest Macy, James Wenlock, Savannah Fry, and Yishan Guan. “User-Centered Design In and Beyond the Classroom: Toward an Accountable Practice.” Computers and Composition vol. 49 (September 2018). Available online (open access).

Shivers-McNair, Ann. “Making and Mattering.” In Rhetorics Change/Rhetoric’s Change. Eds. Jenny Rice, Chelsea Graham, and Eric Detweiler. Intermezzo/Parlor Press, 2018. Available online (open access).

Romero, Yasmine, and Ann Shivers-McNair. “Encountering Internationalization in the Writing Classroom: Resistant Teaching and Learning Strategies.” Across the Disciplines vol. 15 no. 1 (April 2018): 47-60. Available online (open access).

Shivers-McNair, Ann, and Clarissa San Diego. “Localizing Communities, Goals, Communication, and Inclusion: A Collaborative Approach.” Technical Communication vol. 64 no. 2 (May 2017): 97-112. (2018 Society for Technical Communication's Frank R. Smith Distinguished Article Award)

Guerra, Juan, and Ann Shivers-McNair. “Toward a New Vocabulary of Motives: Re(con)figuring Entanglement in a Translingual World.” Crossing Divides: Exploring Translingual Writing Pedagogies and Programs. Eds. Bruce Horner and Laura Tetreault. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2017. (2017 Modern Languages Association Mina P. Shaughnessy Book Prize)

Shivers-McNair, Ann. “3D Interviewing with Researcher POV Video: Bodies and Knowledge in the Making.” PraxisWiki, Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy vol. 21 no.2 (January 2017). Available online (open access).

Research Interests

Technical and professional communication, UX (user experience), digital rhetorics, decolonial and intersectional feminist methodologies, maker movement, writing studies, humanistic HCI (human-computer interaction)

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Contact Information

Ann Shivers-McNair
Assistant Professor & Director of Professional and Technical Writing
Telephone: 520-621-1836
Fax: 520-621-7397
Office: Modern Languages 445


  • PhD, University of Washington
  • MA, University of Southern Mississippi

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 308: Technical Writing
  • ENGL 340: Topics in Professional & Technical Writing: Technical Communication and User Experience
  • ENGL 414/514: Advanced Scientific Writing
  • ENGL 494P: Portfolios in Professional & Technical Writing
  • ENGL 510: Composition Theory and Practice
  • ENGL 696E: Social Justice Methods in Technical Communication
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