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Nancy Small

Assistant Professor for the English Department

Director of First Year Writing

Hoyt 302,


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Nancy studies how everyday storytelling constructs our shared lifeworlds. Her current projects include a book on paradox and agency in transnational spaces, an edited collection of stories about transnational research, and a study of public commemoration and women's suffrage. Other interests include qualitative research methods and research ethics, as well as modern rhetorical theory, including rhetorical listening, gaze, silence, and attunement. When not researching and teaching, she loves to be outdoors with her family walking, hiking, or skiing, or at home in front of the fireplace knitting with her two cheeky parrots and with her two dogs, Pixie and The Grimm.


Ph.D. in Technical Communication & Rhetoric, Texas Tech University     

M.A. in English, Texas A&M University 

B.A. in English and Psychology, Texas A&M University 

Recent and Upcoming Courses

Storytelling as Rhetorical Theory, Method, and Product

Rhetorics of Public Memory

Rhetorics and Civil Discourse

Qualitative Research Methods

Culture, Communication, and the Workplace

College Composition and Rhetoric

Selected Publications/Awards

Small, N. (forthcoming). Localize, adapt, reflect: a review of recent research in transnational and intercultural TPC. Accepted for publication in L. Melonçon and J. Schreiber (Eds.), Foundational Knowledge and Innovative Practices in Technical and Professional Communication. WAC Clearinghouse/CSU Press.

Small, N. (2020). From commemoration to co-memoration as feminist practice. Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition, 22(2),

Patton, T. & Small, N. (2020). Making waves: Maxine Waters and her challenge to black women’s erasure and white hegemony. Accepted for publication in B. K. Alexander, M. N. Goins, and J. Faber McAlister (Eds.),

Small, N. (2017). “I hate FB, but I can't quit looking at it”: Identity management, agency, and tensions in social networking. Proteus: A Journal of Ideas, 31(1), 21-31.

Small, N. (2017). (Re)Kindle: On the value of storytelling for technical communication. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 47(2), 234-253.

Small, N. (2016). Risking our foundations: Honor, codes, and authoritarian spaces. In S. Gray, H. Bashir, & S. Keck (Eds.), Western Higher Education in Asia and the Middle East: Politics, Economics, and Pedagogy (pp. 223-242). Rowan and Littlefield/Lexington Press.

Small, N. (2015). Culture and Qatar’s globalized citizenry: Challenges for the public sphere. In H. Bashir & P. Gray (Eds.), Deconstructing Global Citizenship: Political, Cultural And Ethical Perspectives (pp. 285-302). Rowan and Littlefield/Lexington Press.

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