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Mike G. Duncan

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Mike Duncan

Professor Technical Communication

Office: S1069

Dr. Duncan received his Ph.D. in Composition Studies from the University of Memphis in 2009. He also holds a M.A. in Professional Writing from the same school, and received his B.A. in Media Arts from the University of Arizona.   

​Doctorate degree: English (University of Memphis, 2009)

  • ENG 6350 Research Methods (Graduate)

  • ENG 6318 Stylistics and Editing (Graduate, FTF and online)

  • ENG 6330 Usability Research Methods (Graduate)

  • ENG 5317 Rhetorical Theory & Criticism (Graduate)

  • ENG 4322 Editing, Copyediting, and Rewriting (FTF and hybrid)

  • ENG 3385 Studies in Religious Texts

  • ENG 3338 Introduction to Usability

  • ENG 3328 Documentation and Manuals

  • ENG 3318 Studies in English Grammar

  • ENG 3317 Studies in the Theory of Rhetoric (FTF and hybrid)

  • ENG 3316 History of Rhetoric (FTF and hybrid)

  • ENG 3302 Business and Technical Report Writing (FTF, hybrid, and online)

  • ENG 1301 Composition I

  • ENG 1300 Fundamentals of English

​Dr. Duncan has a M.A. in Professional Writing and a Ph.D. in English in Composition Studies from the University of Memphis, and wrote his dissertation on rhetorical criticism. Before his graduate work, he worked as a technical writer and editor for 3 years.

Dr. Duncan has published work in style, early Christian rhetoric, rhetorical theory and history, informal logic, and professional writing genres. 

Forthcoming Publications 

Duncan, Mike. "The Danger of Using Style to Determine Authorship: The Case of Luke and Acts," chapter in Style and the Future of Composition Studies, Utah State UP, 2020.

Edited Book Collections

The Centrality of Style. Eds. Duncan, Mike and Star M. Vanguri. West Lafayette, ID: Parlor Press, 2013.

Articles and Chapters

Ozaki, Naoko, Jillian Hill and Mike Duncan. "The Rhetoric of a Kamikaze Manual." Technical Communication 67.3 (2020): 61-79.

Joswiak, Regan and Mike Duncan. "Inform or Persuade? An Analysis of Technical Communication Textbooks." Technical Communication 67.2 (2020): 29-41.


Duncan, Mike. "Knives in the Air: Argumentative Arrangement in Demosthenes's 330 BCE On The Crown and Donald Trump's October 10, 2019 Minnesota Rally Speech." Relevant Rhetoric 11 (2020): 1-33.


Sciullo, Nick J. and Mike Duncan. "Professionalizing Peer Review: A Suggestion for a More Ethical and Pedagogical Review Process." Journal of Scholarly Publishing 50.4 (2019): 248-264.

Duncan, Mike. "The Missing Rhetorical History Between Quintilian and Augustine." Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric 33.4 (2015): 349-376.

Duncan, Mike and Adam Ellwanger. "The Rhetoric of Moderation in Deliberative Discourse: Barack Obama's December 1, 2009 Speech at West Point." Cogency 6.1 (2014): 63-90.

Duncan, Mike and Jillian Hill. "Termination Documentation." Business and Professional Communication Quarterly 77.3 (2014) 297-311.

Duncan, Mike. "The New Christian Rhetoric of Origen." Philosophy & Rhetoric 46. 1 (2013): 88-104.

Duncan, Mike. "The Research Paper as Stylistic Exercise." In The Centrality of Style. Eds. Duncan, Mike and Star M. Vanguri. West Lafayette, ID: Parlor Press, 2013. 161-173.

Duncan, Mike. "The Curious Silence of the Dog and Paul of Tarsus: Revisiting the Argument from Silence." Informal Logic 32.1 (2012): 51-82.

Duncan, Mike. "Polemical Ambiguity and the Composite Audience: Bush's September 20, 2001 speech to Congress and the Epistle of 1 John." Rhetoric Society Quarterly 41.5 (2011): 455-471.

Duncan, Mike. "Questioning the Auditory Sublime: A Multisensory-Organic Approach to Prose Rhythm." JAC (Journal of Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture) 31.3-4 (2011): 579-608.

Duncan, Mike. "Whatever Happened to the Paragraph?" College English 69.5 (2007): 470-495. Rpt. in Style in Composition and Rhetoric: A Critical Sourcebook. Ed. Paul Butler. Bedford St. Martin's: Boston, 2009.

McCarthy, Phillip, and Adam Renner, Michael Duncan, Nicholas Duran, Erin Lightman, & Danielle McNamara. "Identifying Topic Sentencehood." Behavioral Research Methods 40.3 (2008): 647-664.

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