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Communication, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences

Steve Simpson

Steve Simpson

Associate Professor of Communication and Department Chair
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Research interests and areas of expertise

• Scientific and technical communication
• Graduate writing



PhD  English, University of New Hampshire, NH, 2010
Specialization: Composition Studies
Dissertation: “Learning systems: An ecological perspective on advanced academic literacy practices of multilingual writers” (available at

MA  English and Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati, OH


Selected publications

Edited Book

Graduate Writing Support: Research, Pedagogy, and Program Design
With Nigel Caplan, Michelle Cox, and Talinn Phillips. University of Michigan Press

Peer reviewed articles and book chapters

(In press) New Mexico Tech Writing Program and Writing Center. Maggie Griffin, Julianne Newmark, and Steve Simpson. Writing Program Architecture: Thirty Cases for Reference and Research. Jamie White-Farnham and Bryna Siegel Finer (Eds). Logan: Utah State University Press.

2015  Creating a Culture of Communication: A Graduate-Level STEM Communication Fellows Program at a Science and Engineering University, Across the Disciplines: A Journal of Language, Learning, and Academic Writing (3). (With Rebecca Clemens, Drea Rae Killingsworth, and Julie Dyke Ford). Available at

2013  Systems of Writing Response: A Brazilian Student's Experiences Writing for Publication in an Environmental Sciences Doctoral Program, Research in the Teaching of English, 48(2).

2013  Building for Sustainability: Boot Camp as a Nexus of Graduate Writing Support. Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, 10(2). Available at

2012  The Problem of Graduate-Level Writing Support: Building a Cross-Campus Graduate Writing Initiative. WPA: Writing Program Administration, 36(1): 95-118.

2008  Mentoring as a Long-Term Relationship: Situated Learning in a Doctoral Program. Steve Simpson and Paul Kei Matsuda. Learning the Literacy Practices of Graduate School: Insiders' Reflections on Academic Enculturation. Christine Pearson Casanave and Xiaoming Li (Eds.). U of Michigan P.: 90-104.

Selected reviews

2015  Review of Communicating Popular Science,
Technical Communication Quarterly (in press).

2012  Review of Genres in the Internet: Issues in the Theory of Genre, English for Specific Purposes Journal, 31(1): 70-72.

2010  Review of Technologies in the Second Language Composition Classroom and Plagiarism, the Internet, and Student Learning, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 9(1): 80-82.

2008  Review of Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 7(1): 208-210.

Selected newsletter articles

2013  Geek to Geek Tutoring: The New Mexico Tech Writing and Oral Presentation Center, Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association Newsletter, 1(1). Available at

2011  CCCC ESL Workshop Report: Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Writing Programs and Writing Centers, SLW News: The Newsletter of TESOL’s Second Language Writing Interest Section. Available at

2011  Graduate Learning Communities? Integrating Language Support for ESL and Native-English Speaking Graduate Students. SLW News: The Newsletter of TESOL’s Second Language Writing Interest Section, 6(1). Available at


Courses taught

COMM 575  Communication in the Sciences (Graduate)
ENGL 341  Technical Writing
ENGL 315  Academic and Scientific Communication for Multilingual Students
ENGL 305  Communication for Multilingual Students
ENGL 105  Introductory Academic Communication
ST 529  Research and Documentation
TC 411/511  Persuasive Communication
TC 305/505  Science Writing
TC 202 Technical Editing


Other activities at NMT

Communication and ESL initiatives through Title V: Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Opportunities (PPOHA).


Awards received

2013  Graduate Student Association Faculty Appreciation Award, New Mexico Tech.

Department Chair
Dr. Steve Simpson

Department Secretary
Liza Apache
Department of Communication, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
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801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801

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