Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Stuart Blythe
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Stuart Blythe

Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs in WRAC

Graduate Faculty

Office: 235B Bessey Hall

Email: blythes@msu.edu

Twitter: @StuartRBlythe

Research Areas

Curriculum development in writing and rhetoric, professional and technical writing.


Stuart Blythe is an associate professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. His research interests include writing pedagogy and administration as well as public discourse relating to science and technology. 


PhD. Rhetoric and Composition. Purdue University. 1997.
MA. English. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. 1991.
BA. English. Purdue University - 1987.

Representative Work

Blythe, Stuart, & Laura Gonzales. “Coordination & Transfer across the Metagenre of Secondary Research.” College Composition & Communication. 67.4 (2016): 607-633

Blythe, Stuart. “Attending to the Subject in Writing Transfer and Adaptation.” Eds. Jessie Moore & Chris Anson. Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado / WAC Clearinghouse, 2016. 49-68.

Olabisi, Laura Schmitt, Stuart Blythe, Ralph Levine, Lorraine Cameron, and Michael Beaulac. “Participatory, Dynamic Models: A Tool for Dialogue.” Eds. Adam S. Parris & Gregg M. Garfin. Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation. John Wiley & Sons, 2016 (in press). 99-115.

Blythe, Stuart, Claire Lauer, & Paul Curran. “Professional & Technical Communication in a Web 2.0 World: A Report on a Nationwide Survey.” Technical Communication Quarterly 23.4 (2014): 265-287.

Olabisi, Laura Schmitt, Stuart Blythe, Arika Ligmann-Zielinska, & Sandra Marquart-Pyatt. “Modeling as a Tool for Cross-Disciplinary Communication in Solving Environmental Problems.” Eds. Michael O’Rourke, Stephen Crowley, Sanford D. Eigenbrode, & J.D. Wulfhorst. Enhancing Communication and Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Research. Los Angeles: Sage, 2014. 271-290.

Blythe, Stuart. “Dynamic System Models and the Construction of Complexity.” Communication Design Quarterly 1.3 (2013): 23-27.

Selected Courses Taught

WRA 202, Introduction to Professional Writing
WRA 320, Technical Writing
WRA 455, Senior Capstone Course
WRA 805, Histories of Rhetoric
WRA 841, Theories of Professional Writing

Research or Academic Affiliations