Wendy Austin

Educational Background

Ph.D., Rhetoric and Linguistics, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Rhetoric and Composition, Purdue University
B.A., Humanities with a concentration in Literature, University of Houston-Victoria


Wendy Warren Austin is a faculty member in the English Department. Originally from New Jersey and Indiana, she started her career in newspapers from paste-up artist to copy editor, working at the Waco Tribune-Herald, after which she switched careers (but stayed in words) to teach writing at the college level. Since then she has been teaching college composition, business writing, technical writing, and literature for 33 years, 23 of which were at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She has also worked at Miami University (in Oxford, Ohio), Framington State University, Southern New Hampshire University, Endicott College, and Lakeland Community College. When not in China, she enjoys movies, beaches, mysteries, and spending time with friends and family at home in Erie, PA, Austin, TX, or New Jersey.

Research Interests

Wendy’s primary research interests are in plagiarism, authorship, copyright, intellectual property, emerging technologies, computers and writing, and research-based college composition. She is active with the College Section of the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), particularly in the Intellectual Property Caucus that meets at the annual CCCC (Conference for College Composition and Communication).









“Net Neutrality Repeal Creates Dark Cloud Over Student and Researcher Internet Access and Equity,” Top International Property Developments of 2017. Clancy Ratliff, Ed. UC Santa Barbara Open Access Publications. https://escholarship.org/uc/item/3fc6t3d6

“A Case of Cruciverbal Coincidence, Carelessness, or The Great #Gridgate Scandal?” Top Intellectual Property Developments of 2016. Clancy Ratliff, Ed. NCTE/CCCC website. http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Groups/CCCC/Committees/TopIP2016Collection.pdf.

“How Does the Rise of the ‘Kilo-Author’ Affect the Field of Composition and Rhetoric?” Top Intellectual Property Developments of 2015. Clancy Ratliff, Ed. NCTE/CCCC website. 47-53 in pdf version: http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Groups/CCCC/Committees/TopIP2015Collection.pdf

“What We Can Learn from Two Plagiarism Accusations in 2014: Slavog Žižek’s and Nic Pizzolatto’s Summer Scandals.” Top Intellectual Property Developments of 2014: A Publication of the Intellectual Property Caucus of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Clancy Ratliff, Ed. NCTE/CCCC website. 11-17 in pdf version: http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Groups/CCCC/Committees/TopIP2014Collection.pdf

“Plagiarism, Ghostwriting, Boilerplate and Open Content: Authorship in the Virtual Workplace.” (Chapter XLIV) The Handbook of Research on Virtual Workplaces and the New Nature of Business Practices. Eds., Pavel Zemliansky and Kirk St. Amant. Electronic Mediations Book Series. Hershey, PA: Idea Group. 2008. 604-613.

“Text Messaging: Rhetoric in a New Keypad.” Small Tech: The Culture of Digital Tools. Eds., David Rieder, Byron Hawk, and Ollie Oviedo. Minneapolis, MN: U of Minnesota P, 2008. 104-106.

“Virginia High School Students Rebel Against Mandatory Use of Turnitin.com” Major Intellectual Property Developments of 2006 for Scholars of Composition, Rhetoric, and Communication. NCTE/CCCC, July 5, 2007. Available from http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Groups/CCCC/Committees/TopIPstories2006.pdf

“Hypertext Theory and Web Writing Assignments in the Writing and Professional Communication Classroom.” Internet-Based Workplace Communications: Industry and Academic Applications. Eds., Kirk St. Amant and Pavel Zemliansky. Hershey, PA: Idea Group, 2004. 24-39.

“Hypertext Research Papers: Pedagogical Strategies and Possibilities,” Kairos: A Journal for Teachers of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 6.2 (Fall 2001). Available online at http://english.ttu.edu/kairos/6.2/binder2.html?coverweb/hypertext/jonesbowieaustin/index.htm.

“Assigning the Technical Article in the Technical Writing Course,” Intercom 2.8 (Oct. 1994): 32-34.