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Nicole Snell

Assistant Professor, Information Design and Corporate Communication
Ph.D., Clemson University , 2012
M.A., California State University, Northridge , 2007
B.A., Galluadet University , 2004
Office: Morison Hall 333 | 781.891._2040 |

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Her interdisciplinary research explores the intersection(s) of language, technology and culture through examination of both the rhetorical and phenomenological functions of existing and emerging new media and channels of mass communication that facilitate accessibility.

Teaching Interests

Technical Communication, Advanced Composition, Information Design, Rhetorical Theory (classic and modern), Universal Design

Research Interests

Visual, Digital and Cultural Rhetoric/s, Information Design, User Experience Design, Web Accessibility Law, Assistive Technologies

Awards and Honors

2018, 2018 CCCC Outstanding Book Award in the Edited Collection, Conference on College Composition and Communication


Book Chapters
McFarlane , N. A, Snell, N. E. (2017). Color Deafness: White Writing as Palimpset for African American English in Breaking Bad Screen Captioning and Video Technologies. Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education. Carbondale, Il: . Southern Illinois University Press

Conference Proceeding(s)
Ouzts, A. D., Snell, N., Maini, P., Duchowski, A. T., , . (2013). Determining Optimal Caption Placement Using Eyetracking. Association of Computing Machinery .

Conference Presentations

Snell, N. (2020). "Managing Assumptions about Aural Dis/ability in Academia." Presented at the NCTE's Conference of College Compositions and Communication (CCCC). , Madison, WI.

Snell, N., Zdenek, S., Butler, J., Linder, K. (2016). "Caption Studies: Research questions for the field." Presented at the Western Oregon University's Caption Studies Conference 2016, Virtual.

Snell, N., Kennedy , T., McDuffie, K. (2016). "• When Reality Goes Really Wrong: Whiteness, Captioning and Reality TV." Presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, Tx.

Snell, N., Kerschbaum, S., Nusbaum, E., Vidali, A., Fink, M., Miller, E. (2015). "Disabling Research Methods: Rights and Wrong Turns." Presented at the Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Snell, N., Zdenek, S., Brueggemann, B. (2015). "• Media Reconciliation: Closed Captioning and Emotional Response." Presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL.

Snell, N., McFarlane , N. A., Pettiway, K., Jackson, A. (2014). "Rendering Black Rhetorics: African American Cultural Performance and Digital Humanities." Presented at the Rhetoric Society of America's RSA Annual Conference , San Antonio, Tx.

Snell, N. (2014). "Access Denied: Digital Jim Crow and Institutional Barriers to Open Access. Conference on College Composition and Communication –." Presented at the Conference of College, Composition and Communication, Indianapolis.

Snell, N., Ouzts, A., Maini , P., Duchowski, A. (2013). "Determining Optimal Caption Placement Using Eyetracking." Presented at the Associaton for Computing Machinery's ACM SIGDOC, Greenville, NC.

Snell, N. (2013). "‘I ‘like’ it: Social Media, the Field of Public Relations, and the Technical Communication Classroom." Presented at the The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association's The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention, Vancouver, WA.

Snell, N., McFarlane, N. A., Jackson, A. D., Pettiway, K. (2013). "Rendering Blackness: Blackness as Technical Design." Presented at the National Council of Black Studies Conference 2013, Indiana.

Snell, N., Howard , T., Duchowski, A., . (2013). "Toward A Theory Of Media Reconciliation: Measuring Connotative And Denotative Meaning." Presented at the The TransMedia Catalonia Research Group, at the CAIAC research centre, and the EU project ADLAB (Audio Description: Lifelong Access for the Blind)'s Advanced Research Seminar on Audio Description (ARSAD), Barcelona, Spain.


Department Service
Committee Member for Assurance Of Learning IDCC Department Committee, 2013 - 2013
Department Representative , 2013 - 2013

University Service
Senator at Large for Faculty Senate, 2015 - 2017
Faculty Adviser for FYS, 2014 - 2017
University Senate for Board of Trustees Student Affairs Committee, 2016 - 2016
Mentor (Faculty) for ALANA, 2014 - 2015
Mentor (Faculty) for STEP, 2014 - 2015
Guest Speaker for New Faculty Orientation, 2014 - 2014

Professional Service
Editorial Review Board Member for Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society., 2019 - Present
Reviewer, Conference Paper for Conference of College Composition and Communication (CCCC), 2019 - 2019
Reviewer, Conference Paper for Conference of College Composition and Communication, 2018 - 2018
Committee Member for CCCC Committee on Disability Issues in College Composition, 2015 - 2018
Committee Member for 2016 CCCC Disability in College Composition Travel Awards Selection Committee, 2015 - 2016
Committee Member for CCCC Disability Activity Planning Committee, 2015 - 2016
Reviewer, Conference Paper for WESTERN STATES COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION, 2013 - 2013

Public Service
Board of Trustee Member for Deaf Youth Outdoor Leadership Organization, 2014 - 2016
Workshop co-facilitator for Mass. Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing & MRC, 2016 - 2016
Guest Speaker for Delta Sigma Pi, 2015 - 2015
Guest Speaker for Fayetteville State University, 2014 - 2014