Academic Vitae of
Mickey Marsee

Version: September 30, 1995

University of New Mexico
Department of Language & Literature
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Phone: 505-277-6347


Ph.D Graduation date: May 1995; University of New Mexico

Major: Rhetoric & Composition
Additional Field: The Novel
Dissertation director: Scott Sanders
Dissertation: Useful and Entertaining: The Rhetoric of Popular Science Writing
Abstract: My dissertation argues for the place of kairos in the rhetoric of popular science. I suggest that, despite claims of vulgarization, popular science texts incorporate a rhetoric of utility and entertainment. By examining text from 1945 and 1995 recounting the bombing of the atomic bombings as well as contemporary editing techniques of Los Alamos National Laboratory, I demonstrate how popularizers employ kairos and a Reader as Maker of Meaning vision of audience to achieve useful and entertaining documents.

M.A. May 1992;University of New Mexico
Major area: Rhetoric & Composition
B.A. May 1990 cum laude; Chapman University
Majors: English & History of Science

Computer Skills include: Macintosh OS: Word, Pagemaker, Quark XPress, FileMaker

Internet: Unix, E-mail, Listservs, WWW, HTML

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, English Department, University of New Mexico; 1990-present
Responsible for teaching and developing curricula for two sections per semester including:

I taught the writing courses in a Macintosh computer classroom in which the students and I used such software as Microsoft Word, Pacemaker, Quark Xpress, Powerpoint, Netscape as well as extensive use of the Internet for telecommunications.

Lecturer, New Mexico Endowment for the Arts Reading Series 1995

Traveling Lecturer responsible for teaching and developing the reading series "The Atomic Age" at public libraries throughout the state of New Mexico.

Assistant Director Writing Center, Chapman University 1989

Responsible for tutoring students with a concentration on remedial and ESL students; establishing centerŐs first computer-assisted tutoring sessions; designing workshops; and training new tutors.


Conference Proceedings

Non-Academic Publications

R.M. Designs Home Page
currently designing and writing web site scheduled to be launched at January 1996 opening. (1995-96)
R.M. Designs 1994
wrote documentation and designed page layout for brochure, catalogue and ad campaign; R. M Designs, Temecula, Ca. (1994, 1995)
Proceedings of the Southwest Syposium
designed page layout and edited conference proceedings journal for camera-ready copy; (UNM English Department). (1995; 1992)
Spell and Grammar Check in Microsoft Word; Designing Your Page; Opening, Saving, and Quitting on Microsoft Word
Series of instruction sheets for student writers and faculty explaining new Apple system software at Chapman University Writing Center Computer lab. (1990)
Writing a Successful Bid
a guide for statewide company foreman and support staffs explaining how to write bid proposals to commercial and government agencies; Jansen Construction, Inc., Orange, Ca. (1989)
Interoffice Protocol
procedures manual for Directors and staff of Fairmont Private Schools explaining proper use and protocol of interoffice email system; Fairmont Private School, Anaheim, Ca. (1988; revised 1989)
The Complete Staff Handbook
a manual for school office, kitchen, and janitorial staff explaining job duties and benefit packages; Fairmont Private School, Anaheim, Ca. (1989)

Conference Presentations

  • "Crossing Canonical Boundaries: Espionage Tradition in the Novel," Conference on College Composition and Communication, Washington D.C., March 1995 .
  • "Ethos is Espionage: The Rhetoric of Ethos in Espionage Fiction," CCCC, Research Forum, Washington D.C., March 1995.
  • "Science Popularization in the Technical Writing Classroom," The Pennsylvania State University Conference on English, July 13-15, 1994.
  • "Crossing Canonical Boundaries: Espionage Fiction," 22nd Wyoming Conference on English, University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY) June 21-25, 1994.
  • "Literacy and Learning Strategies: Working with Science and Technical Writing," 22nd Wyoming Conference on English, University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY) June 21-25, 1994.
  • "Useful and Entertaining? Science Writing in the Technical Writing Classroom," AEGIS: Annual English Graduate Intercollegiate Seminars (Houston, TX) April 8-9 1994.
  • "Flying Potatoes and a Blooming Sahara: Imagery in Science Popularization," The Image of Technology in Literature, the Media, and Society, Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery (Colorado Springs, CO) March 10-12 1994.
  • "Informing the Public: Teaching Science Popularization," Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (Denver, CO) October 1993.
  • "Using Math to Teach Composition," The Wyoming Conference on English, University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY) June 1991.

Workshops Conducted

  • "Teaching in the Computer Assisted Classroom," Teaching Assistant Orientation, University of New Mexico, August 1995.
  • "Workshop on Equality Management in the Workplace," Society of Technical Communicators (STC) Workshop, Albuquerque, November 1992.
  • "Using Definitions in Scientific Documents," Southwest Symposium, University of New Mexico, April 1992.
  • "Double Decker: Building Essay Structure," National Council For Teaching Workshop, University of New Mexico, February 1992.

Academic Editorial Experience

Editorial Assistant, Writerly/Readerly Texts: Essays on Literature, Literary Textual Criticism, and Pedagogy (1994-1995)

Research/Editorial Assistant, Lynn Beene, University of New Mexico (1992-1993)

Compiled and organized 7,000 entry bibliography of 19th and 20th century British Prose Fiction writers for G.K. Hall Publishers; located bibliographic data on Wilkie Collins for monograph published in Dictionary of British Short Fiction Writers (Ed. John Greenfield 1995); edited The Riverside Handbook manuscript, indexedJohn Le Carre (1994).
Assistant Editor, Proceedings of the Second Annual Conference of Orange County History, Chapman University, Orange, CA. (1990)
Responsible for proofreading copy for publication, article selection, page layout and design, and organizing three day conference.

Administrative Experience

Conference Organizer, Society of Technical Communicators (1995)
Worked with Jonathan Price in creating and producing November 1995 conference on "Recycling Information: Moving Your Information into Multimedia Using WEB tools and SGML" a forum on the Web, SGML and HTML.
Chair, Computer in the Composition Classroom, UNM English Department (1995)
Headed development of feasibility report for a computer classroom at UNM.
Grant Writer, UNM English Graduate Student Association (1994)
Researched and wrote $10,000 computer grant to create a computer lab for the English graduate students and teaching assistants for research equipment and training to use computer assisted classrooms.
Assistant Director, Society of Technical Communicators (1992)
Assisted Carole Yee, Director, in producing seminar: "Managing Projects and People for Maximum Effectiveness" (Albuquerque, NM).
Freshman English Committee, UNM English Department (1992, 1995)
Responsible for text selection for all Freshman composition courses, evaluation of course requirements, and evaluative report comparing UNM's program to other universities.


  • Leon Howard Award, English Department (Grant for selected graduate conference presentations and research) 1991, 1993, 1994
  • Graduate Research, Travel and Projects Grant, Graduate Student Office 1994
  • The Student Research and Allocations Committee Grant, Graduate Student Association, University of New Mexico 1991, 1993, 1994
  • Associate Provost Graduate Research Grant, Graduate Student Associate Provost Office 1991, 1994


  • Modern Language Association, Rocky Mountain MLA
  • Society of Technical Communication
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Association of Teachers of Technical Writing


Scott Sanders
Director of Professional Writing, University of New Mexico, Department of Language and Literature, Albuquerque, NM 87131 505-277-6347

LynnDianne Beene
University of New Mexico, Department of Language and Literature, Albuquerque, NM 87131 505-277-7748

Richard Johnson-Sheehan
University of New Mexico, Department of Language and Literature, Albuquerque, NM 87131 505-277-7459

Gary Scharnhorst
University of New Mexico, Department of Language and Literature, Albuquerque, NM 87131 505-277-6347

Micheal Hogan
Acting Director of Freshman English, University of New Mexico, Department of Language and Literature, Albuquerque, NM 87131 505-277-6347

David Gillette
University of Central Florida, P.O. Box 16-1346, Orlando, FL 32816-1326


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