Michael Knievel

KnievelAssociate Professor for the Department of English

Hoyt 235, mknievel@uwyo.edu


Michael teaches courses in professional writing and composition, as well as coordinates the professional writing minor at UW. His research interests include the workings of small professional writing programs and police-related rhetoric and documentation, especially use-of-force policy as a workplace genre engaged in coordinating complex rhetorical work in policing agencies and communities. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, music, basketball, the Wyoming outdoors, and time with family.


Ph.D., Texas Tech University

M.A., Creighton University

B.A., Creighton University

Recent and Upcoming Courses

21st-Century Issues in Professional Writing

Writing for the Web

Writing for Non-Profits

Technical Writing in the Professions

Writing for Public Forums

Selected Publications/Awards

Van Baalen-Wood, Meg, and Michael Knievel. (2015) “What We Are (Not) and What We Might Be: The Professional Writing Minor at the University of Wyoming.” Programmatic Perspectives 7(2): 189-212.

Knievel, Michael. (2008) “Rupturing Context, Re-situating Genre: A Study of Use-of-Force Policy in the Wake of a Controversial Shooting.” Journal of Business and Technical Communication 22(3): 330-363.

Knievel, Michael. (2008) “Police Reform, Task Force Rhetoric, and Traces of Dissent: Rethinking Consensus-As-Outcome in Collaborative Writing Situations.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 38(4): 331-362.

Knievel, Michael. (2006) “Technology Artifacts, Instrumentalism, and the Humanist Manifestos: Toward and Integrated Humanistic Profile for Technical Communication.” Journal of Business and Technical Communication 20(1): 65-86.

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