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  • Position: Professor of English; Department Chair, Director of Technical & Professional Writing (TPW) Certificate Program
  • Campus Address: Anspach 215
  • Phone: 989-774-3172
  • Email:

Courses taught

  • Technical writing
  • Technical editing
  • Document design
  • Expository writing & argumentation
  • Technology and the teaching of writing
  • Empirical Research Methods in English studies
  • Rhetoric and composition theory and pedagogy (including online pedagogy)

Areas of Expertise

  • Rhetoric & composition
  • Business & technical communication
  • Writing in the disciplines/professions
  • Editing & publishing
  • Empirical research methods in English.

Degrees and Universities

  • B.A. in Philosophy, Hendrix College (1983)
  • M.A. in Technical & Expository Writing, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1993)
  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Composition (with specializations in business & technical communication, writing in the disciplines, and writing across the curriculum)


Kreth, M., and Bowen, E. (2017, Sep.). A descriptive survey of technical editors. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 60(3),  238-55. doi10.1109/TPC.2017.2702039.

Brockman, E., Taylor, M., Kreth, M., and Crawford, M.A. (2011, Jan.).  What do professors really say about college writing?  English Journal, 100 (3), 75-81.

Kreth, M., Crawford, M.A., Taylor, M., & Brockman, E.  (2010, Apr.).  Situated assessment: Limitations and promise.  Assessing Writing, 15 (1), 40-59.  doi10.1016/j.asw.2010.03.001.

Brockman, E., Taylor, M., Crawford, M.A., & Kreth, M.  (2010, Jan.).  Helping students across the threshold: Implications from a university writing assessment.  English Journal, 99 (3), 42-49. 

Moore, P., & Kreth, M.  (2005, Aug.).  From wordsmith to communication strategist: Heresthetic and political maneuvering in technical communication.  Technical Communication, 52 (3), 302-322.  

Kreth, M. L. (2005, Mar.).  A small-scale client project for business writing students: Developing a guide for first-time home buyers.  Business Communication Quarterly, 68 (1), 52-59.

Kreth, M. L. (2001, Spr.). Comments on and addenda to Holdstein's WAC paradoxes. Pedagogy, 1 (2), 287-95.

Kreth, M. L. (2000, Dec.).  Review of The Cluetrain Manifesto.  Business Communication Quarterly, 63 (4), 106-10.

Kreth, M. L. (2000, Sept.).  Exploring 'responsibility' in advertising: Health claims about dietary supplements.  Business Communication Quarterly, 63 (3), 66-72.

Kreth, M.L. (2000, Jun.).  A survey of the co-op writing experiences of recent engineering graduates. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 43, 137-52.

Kreth, M. L. (1996, Oct.). Comments on 'Instrumental discourse is as humanistic as rhetoric'.  Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 10 (4), 476-82.

Kreth, M. (1996, Fall). Technical writing and scientific writing: 'They're two different things . . . aren't they?' Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Bulletin, 3-4.

Nine entries for the College Composition & Communication Bibliography of Rhetoric and Composition, 1998.

Professional Organizations

  • Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • IEEE Professional Communication Society

Awards and Honors

Winner (with co-author Patrick Moore) of the annual Frank R. Smith Outstanding Article Award from the Society for Technical Communication for "From Wordsmith to Communication Strategist: Heresthetic and Political Maneuvering in Technical Communication" (Technical Communication 52.3, August 2005: 302-22).