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 research and teaching interests are situated at the intersection of technical communication, rhetoric, and composition. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Technical Communication, Computers and Composition, Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, Across the Disciplines, and College Composition and Communication, as well as edited collections and conference proceedings. Her monograph project, Rhetorics of Technology and Design in a Makerspace, draws on a three-year ethnographic case study of a Seattle makerspace. Additional projects include a collaborative study of professional and technical writing programs and pedagogy at Hispanic-Serving Institutions and a collaboration with Seattle makers to articulate inclusive, community-sustaining practices of making. Shivers-McNair also serves as associate director and affiliate researcher at Sites of Translation User-Experience Research Center.

Selected Publications

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).

Rose, Emma, Avery Edenfield, Rebecca Walton, Laura Gonzales, Ann Shivers-McNair, Tetyana Zhvotovska, Natasha Jones, Genevieve I. Garcia de Mueller, and Kristen Moore. “Social Justice in UX: Centering Marginalized Users” (Extended Abstract). In Proceedings of ACM SIGDOC ’18, August 2018.

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. (Winner of the 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.

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).

Shivers-McNair, Ann, and Joyce Olewski Inman. “Story-Changing Work and Asymmetrical Power Relationships in a Writing Center Partnership.” Basic Writing e-Journal vol. 13 no.1 (Fall 2014). Available online (open access).

Shivers-McNair, Ann. “(Becoming) At Ease: Teaching First-Year Writing on a Military Post.” (A vignette.) College Composition and Communication vol. 66 no.2 (2014): 231-3. Available online (open access).

Shivers-McNair, Ann. “A New Mission: Veteran-Led Learning Communities in the Basic Composition Classroom.” In Generation Vet: Composition, Veterans, and the Post-9/11 University.  Eds. Lisa Langstraat and Sue Doe. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2014. 216-39.

Shivers-McNair, Ann, and Amy Lynch-Biniek. “The Ethos of Contingency and Writing Program Administration.” FORUM: Issues about Part-Time and Contingent Faculty vol. 16 no.2 (2013): A6-A12. Available online (open access).

Research Interests

Technical and professional communication, user experience, digital rhetorics, decolonial rhetorics, writing studies, social justice, maker movement, 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 510: Theory and Practice of Composition
  • ENGL 696E: Social Justice Methods in Technical Communication
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences