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01/31/2018 5:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Michael L. McCombs, PhD student in Technical Writing

Address: 413 Morrill Hall
Phone: 405-744-2085
Message: 405-744-9474
E-mail: michael.mccombs@okstate.edu 

BA English—concentration: British Lit & Rhet/Comp, San Francisco State University
MA English—concentration: Technical Communication, Minnesota State University
Secondary & community college teaching credentials, California 

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Technical Editing
  • Document Design
  • Writing to Serve Engineers
  • Visual Rhetoric
  • Business & Technical Writing Pedagogy


  • Miscellaneous articles and editing within the electric utility industry, 1980-2000. 

Honors and Offices

  • Associate Director, Professional Writing Program, OSU, Spring 2010 to present
  • Phi Kappa Phi graduate of MN State University, 4.0 GPA

Conference Presentations

  • "The Efficacy of Incorporating Grammar into Writing Pedagogy: 50 Years of Controversy" at Oklahoma State University Humanities Conference - Transforming Words, March 5, 2011
  • “Optimizing the Industrial Energy Audit Report” at US Dept of Energy--Industrial Assessment Center, Annual Directors’ Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Summer 2010
  • Graduate Research Conference, Minnesota State University, Spring 2002

Current Research/Articles in Progress

  • Writing and Designing Industrial Energy Audit Reports to Maximize Energy-Efficiency Implementation

Why OSU?

OSU is an ideal community for graduate study and research, combining the resources of a large land-grant university with the benefits of living in a small town in the heartland. Further, as someone who has attended eight colleges and universities and has taught at seven, I have noticed that OSU’s support systems and student services are significantly above average—The complex internal components of this university are well managed.