Jason C. Lawrence, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Theory and Practice of Professional Communication
Office: Engleman Hall D254
Ph.D., Utah State University
M.S., Utah State University
B.A., University of Utah
About Professor Jason Lawrence
Software Documentation. Artificial Intelligence Writers. Online Community Narratives.
Currently, my research assesses documentation practices in software development workplaces. I use North American genre theory to describe how contemporary developers write their internal software documentation. My future research involves setting criteria for the new rhetorical forms being used by programmers, why they are used, and what their various genre parameters might be.
Additionally, I am interested in practical practices for Artificial Intelligence writing in the workplace. I am also interested in the digital genres that cyber communities create.
I was recently featured with my students on the SCSU webpage.
Recent Courses Taught
ENG 110 - Fundamentals of Academic Writing
ENG 112 - Writing Arguments
ENG 240 - Professional Writing
ENG 304 - Technical Writing
ENG 309 - Rhetorical Theory
ENG 316 - Business Writing
Selected Publications and Presentations
“Usability Testing, User Goals, Engagement, and Aristotle’s Assassins.” Usability of Complex Information Systems: Evaluation of User Interaction. Chapter 15. Eds. Michael J. Albers and Brian Still. Boca Raton, FL: CRC press. 2011.
“Playing in Genre Fields: A Play Theory Perspective on Genre.” SIGDOC proceedings. Co-authored with Ryan Moel ler and David M. Christensen. 2007.
“‘The Peripatos could not have looked like that,’ and other educational outcomes from student game development,” Games and Simulations. Book chapter. Co-authored with Ryan Moel ler and Ken S. MCallister. Eds. Brett E. Shelton and David A. Wiley. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers. 2007.