Professor, Communication and Media
Merrill D. Whitburn is Louis Ellsworth Laflin Professor of English. He teaches courses in the history of rhetoric, technical communication, speech, and the novel. He was awarded the Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication by the Society for Technical Communication and the Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award from Texas A&M University.
He is currently completing a book entitled Rhetorical Scope and Performance: The Example of Technical Communication, which was funded by a Mina Shaughnessy Scholars Award from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education and the Carnegie Corporation.
One of his prior articles on style in technical and scientific communication won a Technical and Scientific Communication Award from the National Council of Teachers of English. For 13 years he was chair of the Department of Language, Literature, and Communication, and at Texas A&M he was awarded the Faculty Distinguished Service Award for his service activities.
Prior to his academic career, Whitburn held positions in communication with Western Electric and the Gelman Instrument Company, and throughout his career he has served as a consultant to industry and other academic institutions.
Ph.D., University of Iowa