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About Janine Solberg

Janine Solberg joined the UMass faculty in 2007. She co-Directs the Professional Writing and Technical Communication Program and is a member of the Composition and Rhetoric faculty. Her research interests span the field of rhetoric and composition, though she is particularly interested in historiography/archives, technical and professional communication, digital media, gender, and histories of technology and literate activity. She is working on a book-length project that examines intersections of gender, technology, and literacy in early 20th century American career advice texts for women.

She holds a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in Writing Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At the University of Illinois, she directed the Programs in Professional Writing and, with Jody Shipka and Patrick Berry, helped develop and run communication workshops for the Mid-America Earthquake Center. She has taught courses in business and technical writing, web design, and an advanced composition course called Writing with Video.


Present Assistant Professor, English Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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210A Bartlett Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA. 01003