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Carolyn Miller Biography & Facts

Carolyn Rae Miller (born 1945 in Boston, MA) is SAS Institute Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Technical Communication Emerita at North Carolina State University. In 2006 she won the Rigo Award for Lifetime Achievement in Communication Design from the ACM-SIGDOC (Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group in Design of Communication) and in 2016 the Cheryl Geisler Award for Outstanding Mentor, the Rhetoric Society of America. She is a Fellow of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (1995) and of the Rhetoric Society of America (2010).  Her “groundbreaking and influential article” on “Genre as Social Action” is foundational for Rhetorical Genre Studies. Three of her articles have been identified as essential works in Technical Communication. Academic career Carolyn Miller earned her B.A. in English Honors at Penn State University in 1967 followed by her M.A. 1968. In 1980 Carolyn Miller received a Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a dissertation on “Environmental Impact Statements and Rhetorical Genres.” After several years as a technical writer and editor, she began her teaching career at North Carolina State University as an Instructor in 1973, was advanced to Assistant Professor in 1980, Associate Professor in 1983, and Full Professor in 1990. There in 1988, she was the founding director of a master’s program in technical communication and in 2005 a doctoral program in communication, rhetoric, and digital media. In 2005 she was named SAS Institute Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Technical Communication, retiring in 2015.  She was Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Louisville in 2013. She has also been visiting professor at Michigan Technological University (1988), Pennsylvania State University (1988), Georgia Institute of Technology (1991), and the Federal University of Pernambuco (2007). She is past president of the Rhetoric Society of America (1996-1997) and past editor of its journal, Rhetoric Society Quarterly. Publications Her article “Genre as Social Action” is cited as foundational for rhetorical genre studies and has been identified as an essential work in Technical Communication. It is the most-cited article published in the Quarterly Journal of Speech. It has been translated into Norwegian, Portuguese, and German, has been reprinted in English three times, and has been the subject of special issues of the journals Composition Forum and the Canadian Journal for the Study of Discourse and Writing.  In it Miller connects the concept of rhetorical situation characterized by Lloyd Bitzer with the phenomenological and sociological tradition of Alfred Schutz through the concept of typification.  She sees genre as embodying typified rhetorical action which also has implication for perceived repetition or typification of situation, form, and motive. Rather than considering genre through a set of formal categories, this conception locates genres in social recognitions that are not finite in number nor determinate in form; rather, they change over time, both decaying and proliferating. In a 2009 overview of genre research, Karlyn Kohrs Campbell in a handbook chapter on genre included an extensive summary of this article, calling it “groundbreaking.” She wrote, “Miller’s conclusion emphasizes the ways in which social knowledge and language competence teach us how to adopt personae and perform appropriate symbolic acts and to recognize such action in others, which are essential elements in creating and interpreting the discourse that is a part of our daily life as communicators.” In the introduction to his 1998 collection of landmark essays on contemporary rhetoric, which includes “Genre as Social Action,” Thomas Farrell said this essay “builds upon touchstone research in speech communication as well as compositional studies and philosophy of language. This essay works from one of the most wide-ranging bases of literature available to the field. Yet the result is a meticulously developed argument that gives new force to ‘genre’ as a governing term in rhetorical theory.” Aviva Freedman in 1999 said that Miller's article "launched a new field of inquiry, most aptly named rhetorical genre studies (RGS). Her reconceptualization of genre did more than illuminate a heretofore neglected area of composition studies; it cast a new light on all the central issues of writing theory and pedagogy.” She has written a series of other articles that have continued the study of genre, including “Rhetorical community: the cultural basis of genre” and “Blogging as social action: A genre analysis of the Weblog” Her 1979 article “A Humanistic Rationale for Technical Writing” won the National Council of Teachers of English Award for the Best Article in the Philosophy or Theory of Technical and Scientific Communication, 1975-1980 and is listed as an essential work in Technical Communication. It has been reprinted three times, and is the subject of an article analyzing its influence which identifies it as the most cited article in technical communication and the fourth most cited article in the history of the journal College English. Miller's article argues for a rhetorical approach to scientific and technical discourses that acknowledges their basis in communal goals, values, and conventions. Rather than accepting positivist understandings of science, which assume unproblematic relations between language and the external world, scholars and teachers of technical and scientific writing should seek to understand the basis of persuasive appeals for the relevant audiences of such discourse. Miller’s other research has explored how concepts from the rhetorical tradition, such as topical invention, kairos or timing, and ethos or character, can interpret contemporary scientific, technical, and digitally-mediated discourse. Further reading Interviews Dryer, D. B. (2015). "'The Fact That I Could Write About It Made Me Think It Was Real': An Interview with Carolyn R. Miller." Composition Forum 31. CF 31: An Interview with Carolyn R. Miller by Dylan B. Dryer. Retrieved January 5, 2023. Fraley, L. and Summers, J. “How Do Genres, Media, and Platforms Shape Our Perception and Our Communication?” Interview with Carolyn Miller for TC Camp, July 2022. Retrieved June 2, 2023. Louie, K. (n.d.). "Scholarly Interview with Carolyn Rae Miller, Ph.D. from North Carolina State University on Genre and Rhetorical Studies. " Master's in Communications. Scholarly Interview with Carolyn Rae Miller, Ph.D. from North Carolina State University on Genre and Rhetorical Studies. Retrieved January 5, 2023. External links North Carolina State University faculty profile Researchgate profile ORCID profile Google Scholar profile References. Discover the Carolyn Miller popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Carolyn Miller books.

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  • Muskoka Promise synopsis, comments

    Muskoka Promise

    Carolyn Miller

    All Anna Morely has wanted since she was a child is to feel loved. All Tom Woodmore has wanted is to uphold the law without fear or favor. When a traffic incident brings these two ...

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    Pointe, Shoots, and Scores

    Carolyn Miller

    Opposites can attract, but can they dance?For as long as she can remember Bailey Donovan has loved dance, especially ballet. When her dance studio faces the risk of closure, she ta...

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    Muskoka Hearts

    Carolyn Miller

    Toni Wakefield may be a talented artist, but past choices means this single mother never feels the equal of those around herespecially her brother's best friend, investment funds m...

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    The Breakup Project

    Carolyn Miller

    New Year. New Resolution. New Romance?What happens when the bestlaid plans break a friendship?As the twin sister of hockey's hottest forward, romanceloving Bree Karlsson is us...

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    Muskoka Holiday Morsels

    Carolyn Miller

    Muskoka Holiday Morsels is a collection of short romance stories with holiday and Christmas themes, perfect for a cozy read. Meet some new friends and catch up with some Musko...

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    Three Cowboys and a Baby

    Kate Pearce

    Three sexy cowboys find their lives upended in surprising ways in this sweet and sexy new trilogy of feelgood contemporary westerns from Kate Pearce, New York Times bestselling aut...

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    Sweet Talking Rancher

    Kate Pearce

    In this sweet and sexy spinoff of New York Times bestselling author Kate Pearce’s beloved Morgan Ranch series, the closeknit folks of Morgantown, California, have long memoriesand ...

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    Muskoka Christmas

    Carolyn Miller

    Staci Everton is a multipublished author of historical romances, whose Christmas Eve deadline for a new book sees her leave her Chicago home to go write while staying with her gran...

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    Cowboy Proud

    Stacy Finz

    On an inherited ranch in Northern California, one family is discovering all the possibilities life can offerand the kind of love that will outlast even the land . . .   When A...

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    Big Apple Atonement

    Carolyn Miller

    She's the saint with a secret. He's the sinner with a heart of gold.For Emma Moritello, giving abandoned and rejected children a safe home is her life's purpose, but pressures at w...

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    Hearts and Goals

    Carolyn Miller

    He's a goalie with a big heart, while she's afraid to trust again. Can he learn the language of love to win her heart?After a series of tragedies, Maggie Joly's dreams have been co...

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    Tangled Up in Love

    Carolyn Miller

    When Ellie Reilly returns from a dream overseas trip, a toolong hug from her best friend Jasper Cohen clues her in that his feelings might be more than what she suspected. He's uns...

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    Here Comes Cowboy Claus

    Diana Palmer, Delores Fossen & Kate Pearce

    Cowboys and Christmas are an unbeatable combination in this charming anthology of contemporary western novellas perfect for fans of Linda Lael Miller, Jill Shalvis, and Maisey Yate...

  • A Cameo for a Cowgirl synopsis, comments

    A Cameo for a Cowgirl

    Carolyn Miller

    Welcome to Three Creek Ranch, home of the James family for over a hundred years, complete with its own Western movie set. Franklin James might be a famous pro hockey player, but ju...

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    The Love Penalty

    Carolyn Miller

    Sometimes there's a heavy price to pay when two opposites attract…With her fondness for tattoos and spider jewelry Sylvie Miles is used to being prejudged and misunderstood. She ha...

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    Cowboy Rebel

    Carolyn Brown

    A wild Texas cowboy is about to meet his match in an ER nurse in this heartwarming romance from a USA Today bestseller, which includes a bonus novella from Annie Rains.Ever since l...

  • The Orbs and Angels of Miller Hill synopsis, comments

    The Orbs and Angels of Miller Hill

    Carolyn O Miller

    Some believe that orbs are created by particles of dust and water.  Others believe they are the luminous vehicles of angels and spirits. Read this story. Look at the photograp...

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    Daring Mr Darcy

    Carolyn Miller & Meredith Resce

    Your new favorite romcom retelling of Miss Austen's classic!Elissa Bennet has jumping to conclusions down to a fine art, and her first impression of Liam Darcy leaves her less...

  • Carolyn S. Miller v. William H. Todd synopsis, comments

    Carolyn S. Miller v. William H. Todd

    Court of Special Appeals of Maryland

    The question is whether a manufacturer may be liable for the enhancement of injuries sustained while using a product even though the cause of the accident was not the product itsel...

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    The Wolf on Her Doorstep

    Kate Pearce

    In Morgan Valley, two wary loners discover they’re perfect together . . .   Beth Baker can tell that her summer tenant wants to be left to himself, and that suits her more tha...

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    Muskoka Shores

    Carolyn Miller

    Serena Williamson loves working at Muskoka Shores, the fancy resort on Lake Muskoka, and making couples dreams come true. But after returning from a celebrity wedding to find her o...

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    Fire and Ice

    Carolyn Miller

    "A delightful, laugh out loud romance" ~ Susan May Warren, USA Today bestselling authorHannah Wade's heart might've once been touched by a rancher's son, but her real passion has a...

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    Love on Ice

    Carolyn Miller

    She's focused on winning gold. He wants to lose the player tag. Can a fake relationship become something real?Aussie short track skater Holly Travers has one goal make the Vancouv...

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    National Life And Accident Insurance Company v. Carolyn Miller And Marvin Ramsey Miller

    Supreme Court of Mississippi

    This appeal comes to us from the Circuit Court of Forrest County wherein Carolyn Miller and Marvin Ramsey Miller, Sr., the appellees, received a judgment against the appellant, Nat...

  • Three Cowboys and a Bride synopsis, comments

    Three Cowboys and a Bride

    Kate Pearce

    New York Times bestselling author Kate Pearce is back with a delightful new romance about a gutsy cowboy who learns that he’ll gamble it all for the woman he loves . . . Cowboy Max...

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    Three Cowboys and a Puppy

    Kate Pearce

    Three sexy cowboys find their lives upended in surprising ways in this sweet and sexy trilogy of feelgood contemporary westerns from the New York Times bestselling author of the be...

  • Muskoka Spotlight synopsis, comments

    Muskoka Spotlight

    Carolyn Miller

    Jackie O'Halloran never expected her actions at a friend's wedding in Muskoka to go viral. Even less did she expect to gain the notice of a famous Hollywood actor, Lincoln Cash, an...

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    Muskoka Blue

    Carolyn Miller

    An ice princess with a broken heart. A pro hockey player with a secret. For Sarah Maguire, spending the summer at Lake Muskoka was supposed to be about finding the courage to ...

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    Romancing the Rancher

    Kate Pearce

    Welcome to California’s ranch country, where the cowboys of New York Times bestselling author Kate Pearce’s sexy and heartwarming series live, learn, and find love . . .   Ran...

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    Checked Impressions

    Carolyn Miller

    Sparks fly when a hometown hockey hero meets a classy artloving museum guide hiding a secret...Jai Mullins is used to being the fastest man on ice. Trouble is, his ability to find ...