Carnegie Mellon University

Necia Werner

Necia Werner

Associate Teaching Professor of English, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Area of Study

Global Communication and Applied Translation, Professional Writing, Rhetoric, Technical Writing and Communication, Writing & Communication


My interests lie at the intersection of professional and technical writing, the rhetoric of science and technology, and communicating expert knowledge to non-expert audiences. My research includes work on the rhetoric of peer review at scientific journals, the ways in which editors' methods for peer review have been shaped over time by a variety of rhetorical exigencies, and how editors communicate their expectations to authors and reviewers. I am also currently engaged in an NSF-funded research project with collaborators in English, the School of Design, and the College of Engineering to create and assess online training modules in technical communication for students in civil and environmental engineering.

As Director of our undergraduate professional and technical writing programs, I also enjoy connecting students with courses, research, and career opportunities to enhance their undergraduate experience. In both the fall and spring semesters, I teach courses that introduce our students to the research and discourses of our discipline, and mentor graduate students who teach our professional and technical writing service courses for majors outside of English.


Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
MA, Carnegie Mellon University
BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Curriculum Vita