I’m John Sherrill, a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric & Composition at Purdue University. My work includes teaching, research, and administration of information technology.
I teach courses in technical writing and business writing through the Professional Writing program at Purdue, as well as First-Year Composition courses that emphasize digital media and rhetoric via 3D printing and digital fabrication.
My research focuses on intersections between feminism, technical communication, and DIY/Craft/Hacker/”Maker” communities. For my dissertation, I’m studying how the design of a makerspace and a person’s identity impact that person’s experience within a makerspace as a site of technical communication and post-industrial work, as well as communication practices related to hosting within the spaces.
Administration and Information Technology
My administrative and IT work balances the needs of users, institutions, and technological systems. I have experience as the Professional Writing Program Assistant Director of Technology, as a Web Content Writer for the College of Liberal Arts, and through building and coding multiple research/teaching tools.