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  Rebecca Burnett
Director of Writing and Communication
Class of '58 Professor of Rhetoric

School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Twitter: Rebecca Burnett (@rebeccaburnett)
Website: http://pwp.gatech.edu/r

Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, Rhetoric
Joined faculty in 2007

Research areas/interests
Multimodality in composing. Innovative pedagogies, including hybrid classes and MOOCs. Collaboration, groups, and teams. Learning spaces. Business, professional, and technical communication. Communication in the disciplines and professions. Communication assessment. Intercultural/international communication. Visual rhetoric, including photography. Risk communication.


Meada Gibbs Outstanding Teacher Award, 2012. The Association for Business Communication (ABC) annually recognizes significant disciplinary contributions, outstanding teaching experience, and a strong record of research and professional practice, making the award to a person with evidence of excellence on a large scale, such as major program innovations, authorship of widely used textbooks, and an international reach related to pedagogy. ABC is an international, interdisciplinary organization, committed to advancing business communication research, education, and practice.

Media Literacy Award, 2011. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) presented Georgia Tech’s Writing and Communication Program with the national Media Literacy Award, which recognizes the program for "persistent, innovative, and imaginative application of media analysis and media composition in English studies."

University Professor Emeritus, 2007, Department of English, Iowa State University

Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication, 2006. International Society of Technical Communication (STC) award “honors excellence in teaching that becomes true academic mentorship: the personal and professional concern that the best teachers extend to their students beyond the demands of the classroom and beyond even graduation as former students continue to grow throughout their professional careers."

Rebecca Burnett, Lisa Dusenberry, Andy Frazee, Liz Hutter, and Joy Robinson. Conference on College Composition and Communication. “Attitudes, Preferences, and Practices of College Writing Instructors toward Digital Pedagogy.” Awarded 2014.

Burnett, Rebecca, Andy Frazee, and Karen Head, Karen (Co-PIs). “Freshman Composition 2.0.” Georgia Tech Massive Open Online Course Development. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Awarded 2012.

Current and recent projects  
TAP Study–“Attitudes, Preferences, and Practices of College Writing Instructors toward Digital Pedagogy”

Research collaborators  
Dr. Brandy Ball Blake, Georgia Tech
Ms. Sarah Brown, Medtronic
Dr. L. Andrew Cooper, Independent Scholar
Dr. Lisa Dusenberry, Savannah State University
Dr. Andy Frazee, Georgia Tech
Dr. Karen Head, Georgia Tech
Dr. Kathleen Hanggi, Doane University
Dr. Diane Jakacki, Bucknell University
Dr. Amanda Madden, Georgia Tech
Dr. Christopher Ritter, Clayton State University
Dr. Nirmal Trivedi, Kennisaw State University
Dr. Julie Watts, University of Wisconsin–Stout
Dr. Candace Welhausen, University of Delaware
Dr. Christopher Weedman, Kutztown University

Recent and selected publications  
Welhausen, Candice A. and Burnett, Rebecca E. (in press-2016). Visualizing public health: Communicating risk in depictions of smallpox in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries In Essays on the History of Statistical Graphics. Eds. Charles Kostelnick and Miles Kimball. Surrey, UK: Ashgate Press.

Burnett, Rebecca E. and L. Andrew Cooper. (2015). “The Synergy of Modes and Media in Academic and Professional Communication.” In WOVENText, 4th edition. NY: Bedford/St. Martin’s/Macmillan.

Head, Karen A., & Rebecca E. Burnett. (2015). Imagining it. Building it. Living it. A new model for flexible learning environments. In R. Carpenter, D. Selfe, S. Apostel, & K. Apostel (Eds.), Sustainable next-gen learning spaces. Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press.

Burnett, Rebecca E., Karen Head, Brandy Ball Blake, Andy Frazee, Diane Jakacki, Christopher Ritter, Nirmal Trivedi, and Christopher Weedman. (2014). From the ground up: shaping community, collaboration, and multiliteracies. In Making Space: Writing Instruction, Infrastructure, and Multiliteracies. Eds. Jim Purdy and Danielle Nicole DeVoss. University of Michigan Press. http://www.digitalwriting.org/ms/

Burnett, Rebecca E., Andy Frazee, Kathleen Hanggi, and Amanda Madden. (2014). A Programmatic Ecology of Assessment: Using a Common Rubric to Evaluate Multimodal Processes and Artifacts. Computers & Composition (special issue on multimodal assessment). Ed. Carl Whithaus. 31: 53–66. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S8755461513000789

Burnett, Rebecca E., L. Andrew Cooper, and Candice A. Welhausen. (2013). How can technical communicators develop strategies for effective collaboration? In Solving Problems in Technical Communication. Eds. Johndan Johnson-Eilola and Stuart A. Selber. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 454-478.

Watts, Julie & Rebecca E. Burnett. (2012). Pairing Courses Across the Disciplines: Effects on Writing Performance. Written Communication, 29(2), 208-235. http://wcx.sagepub.com/content/29/2/208.abstract

Professional associations
Association for Business Communication, Association for Teachers of Technical Communication
Conference on College Composition and Communication, Council on Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication
Modern Language Association, National Council of Teachers of English
Society of Technical Communication