1st Edition

Writing STEAM Composition, STEM, and a New Humanities

Edited By Vivian Kao, Julia Kiernan Copyright 2022
    254 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited collection positions writing at the center of interdisciplinary higher education, and explores how writing instruction, writing scholarship, and writing program administration bring STEM and the humanities together in meaningful, creative, and beneficial ways.

    Writing professionals are at the forefront of a cross-pollination between STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and the arts and humanities. In their work as educators, scholars, and administrators, they collaborate with colleagues in engineering, scientific, technical, and health disciplines, offer new degree programs that allow students to bring the humanities to bear on design experiments, and build an academic culture that promotes a vision of the humanities in the twenty-first century, as well as a vision of technology that is decidedly human. This collection surveys and promotes that work through chapters focused on writing instruction, writing scholarship, and writing program administration, covering topics that include data-driven writing courses, public science communication, non-traditional college students, creative writing, gamification, skills transfer, and Writing Across the Curriculum programs. 

    Writing STEAM will be essential reading for scholars, instructors, and administrators in writing studies, rhetoric and composition, STEM, and a variety of interdisciplinary programs; it will aid in teacher training for both humanities and STEM courses focused on writing and communication.


    Vivian Kao and Julia E. Kiernan

    Section I. Teaching

    Chapter 1. Gaining STEAM: The Integral Role of Composition in an Increasingly STEM World

    Katelynn DeLuca

    Chapter 2. Building Socioscientific Trust is a Post-Secondary Obligation: Preparing STEM Students to Communicate and Engage with Public Audiences

    Julia E. Kiernan

    Chapter 3. STEAM Storytime: Fusing Artistic Expression with Scientific Discourse through Picture Books

    Rebekah Fitzsimmons & Tamara Pearson

    Chapter 4. Interdisciplinary Collaboration for a New Humanities and a New Engineer

    Olivia Burgess & Alina Handorean

    Section II. Research and Scholarship

    Chapter 5. STEAMing Up Composition: Inquiry-Based Learning and the Non-Traditional Student

    Erica Duran & Lauren Mecucci Springer

    Chapter 6. Knowledge in the Making: How STEAM can Transform Notions of Expertise

    Rolf Norgaard

    Chapter 7. Toward a Mindful Application of Gamification

    Whitney Hardin

    Chapter 8. Familiar Technologies and Learning Principles to Attract and Retain STEM Student Interest in First-Year Writing

    John Misak

    Chapter 9. Creative Writing Across the Curriculum: Defining and Illustrating a Method for STEM/Humanities Integration

    Justin Nicholes

    Section III. Writing Program Administration

    Chapter 10. "Some of the rooms are occupied by squirrels": Communication and the New Polytechnic

    Sarah V. Seeley

    Chapter 11. All Aboard: Gaining STEAM in Health Sciences Education

    Courtney Watson

    Chapter 12. "To Feel, With Amazement, Their Minds": Science, Humanism, Inquiry, and the Rhetorical Work of Wonder

    Kara Wittman

    Chapter 13. Local Exigencies in a World of Expectations: STEM Writing Programs and the Great Balancing Act

    Vivian Kao, Aviva Gordon, Daniel Moyer, & Abir Sleiman


    Vivian Kao is assistant professor of composition and coordinator of the first-year writing program at Lawrence Technological University. Her research interests include the teaching and learning of humanities and composition at STEM universities, literature/film adaptation, postcolonial studies, and the Victorian novel. Her monograph, Postcolonial Screen Adaptation and the British Novel, was published in 2020, and her work has appeared in Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Composition Forum, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, and various literature journals.


    Julia E. Kiernan is an assistant professor of communications at Lawrence Technological University. Her research and teaching are intimately linked, and regularly examine the shifting impacts of pedagogical and curricular design in the digital humanities, translingual and transnational writing, environmental sciences, and medical humanities. Julia’s favored research methodology is active research, which focuses on the impacts of listening, reflection, and feedback throughout learning processes. Her work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed edited collections as well as the journals Composition Forum, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Communication and Language at Work, Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies, and Composition Studies.