Professor of English
Area of Study
Humanities Analytics, Professional Writing, Rhetoric, Technical Writing and Communication
I am a scholar/designer specializing in communication and user experience design, with over 30 years of experience in both academia and industry. My current research focuses on Technology-Enhanced Learning for writing and Computer-Assisted Rhetorical Analysis; and my professional experience includes traditional visual communication design, visualization of complex information, and user experience design for enterprise applications. I am currently on the advisory board of the Thunderhouse, LLC; and the immediate past president of the IEEE Professional Communication Society.
Before my current appointment in the Department of English at Carnegie Mellon, I was a senior staff engineer at Qualcomm, where I worked on the research and development as well as the product management of early mobile applications. Prior to Qualcomm, I was on the faculty of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon.
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Laboratory
M.S. Visual Studies., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Laboratory
Bachelor of Arts and Design, University of Tsukuba
PublicationsBeigman K. B., Ramineni, C., Kaufer, D., Yeoh, P., Ishizaki, S. (2019). Advancing the Validity Argument for Standardized Writing Tests using Quantitative Rhetorical Analysis. Language Testing, 36(1), 125-144.
Boettger, R. & Ishizaki S. (2018). Introduction to the Special Issue: Data-Driven Approaches to Research and Teaching in Professional and Technical Communication. (Eds. Boettger, R. Ishizaki, S.) IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. 61 (4).
Beigman Klebanov, B., Kaufer, D., Yeoh, P., Ishizaki, S., Holtzman, S. (2016). Argumentative writing in assessment and instruction: A comparative perspective. In Genre in Discourse and Cognition: Concepts, Modes, and Methods. Stukker, N., Spooren, W., & Steen, G. (eds.), Mouton de Gruyter.
Al-Malki, A., Kaufer, D., Ishizaki, S., & Dreher, K. (2012). Arab Women in Arab News: Old Stereotypes and New Media. London, UK: Bloomsbury.
Oh, Y., Ishizaki, S., Gross, M., & Do, E. Y.-L. (2012). A theoretical framework of design critiquing in architecture studios. Design Studies, 33(4), 302-325.
Ishizaki, S. (2011). Assessing typographic knowledge using timed tests. IEEE Transaction on Professional Communication, 54(2), 105-121.
Ishizaki, S., & Kaufer, D. (2011). DocuScope: Computer-aided rhetorical analysis. In P. McCarthy & C. Boonthum (Eds.), Applied Natural Language Processing and Content Analysis: Advances in Identification, Investigation, and Resolution (pp. 276-297). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Ishizaki, S. (2011, October). A model of aesthetic experience, in Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Professional Communication (IPCC 2011).
Ishizaki, S. (2009, July). Toward a unified theory of visual-verbal strategies in communication design. Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (IPCC 2009).
Kaufer, D., Ishizaki, S., Butler, B., & Collins, J. (2004). The Power of Words: Language and the Priming of Audience, Unveiling the Speaker and Writer’s Hidden Craft. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Ishizaki, S. (2003). Improvisational Design: Continuous, Responsive Digital Design. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Ishizaki, S. (1997). Multiagent model of dynamic design: Visualization as an emergent behavior of active design agent. In M. N. Huhns & M. P. Singh (Eds.), Readings in Agents (pp. 172-180). San Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufmann. (Originally published in Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI '96, April 1996.)