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Jenn Mallette

Associate Professor

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LA 209G

Dr. Jenn Mallette teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in technical communication, and she supports engineering students through communication-focused cross-disciplinary collaborations. Her research focuses on the influence of gendered experience on the professional identities of women engineers as well as approaches to writing pedagogy in engineering programs. Dr. Mallette is active in various professional organizations, such as the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, and the American Society for Engineering Education. Her scholarship has appeared in the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Engineering Studies, and Communication Design Quarterly.


  • Ph.D. in English, emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Arkansas, 2015
  • M.A. in English, University of Arkansas, 2009
  • B.A. in English and Spanish, University of Central Arkansas, 2005


Engineering communication, feminist composition, rhetoric of science, technical communication, writing pedagogy


  • Mallette, J., & Hawks, A. (2020). “Building Student Agency through Contract Grading in Technical Communication.” Journal of Writing Assessment 13(2).
  • Mallette, J., & Gehrke, M. (2018). “Theory to Practice: Negotiating Expertise in Organizational Settings.” Communication Design Quarterly 6(3), 74-83.
  • Mallette, J. (2017). “Expanding Efficiency: Women’s Communication in Engineering.” Engineering Studies 9(3), 195-221.
  • Mallette, J. (2017) “Writing and Women’s Retention in Engineering.” Journal of Business and Technical Communication 31(4), 417-442.
  • Mallette, J. (2017). “Gender and Academic/Professional Writing.” Composition Studies 45(1), 166-184.