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, digital rhetorics, and human-computer interaction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Technical Communication, Computers and Composition, Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and College Composition and Communication, as well as edited collections and conference proceedings. Her current projects include a monograph on professional communication in makerspaces and a collaborative digital project on social justice and community action. She also serves as associate director and affiliate researcher at Sites of Translation User-Experience Research Center. She completed her PhD at the University of Washington, where she specialized in rhetoric, composition, and technical and professional communication and was an assistant writing program director. Previously, she was an instructor and coordinator of basic writing at the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Selected Publications

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.

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).

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).

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.

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.

Research Interests

Technical and professional communication, user experience, digital rhetorics, humanistic HCI, social justice and community action

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Contact Information

Ann Shivers-McNair
Assistant Professor and 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 340 (Topics in Professional & Technical Writing): Technical Communication and User Experience

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences