Faculty Directory

Heather Shearer
  • Title
    • Teaching Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Writing Program
  • Phone
    831-459-2483 (email preferred)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Crown College Faculty Wing, 126
  • Office Hours Fall 2019 Mondays: 09:00-09:30; Thursdays: 10:00-10:30; & by appt.
  • Mail Stop Merrill/Crown Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St.
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Writing; Religion and Secularism; Technical Writing, Science Writing
  • Courses Crown Core, WRIT 20, WRIT 21, WRIT 27, WRIT 2, WRIT 203, Summer session: WRIT 30

Summary of Expertise

Technical Communication, Rhetoric & Composition, Curriculum Development, Program Assessment

Research Interests

Rhetoric of intentional communities, organizational communication, activity theory, composition studies, technical communication, Peoples Temple

Biography, Education and Training

PhD, Syracuse University
MA, Ohio University
BA, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Selected Publications

"Verbal Orders Don't Go--Write It!": Building and Maintaining the Promised Land" (2018). Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, 22.2, 65–92.

The Value of the Archive (Oct. 2018). the jonestown report, Volume 20.

An Activity-Theoretical Approach to the Usability Testing of Information Products Meant to Support Complex Use” (2011). Usability and Complex Information Systems: Evaluation of User Interaction, Eds., Michael Albers and Brian Still. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 181-206.

With Dana Harrington, “Administrating Ourselves to Death: Historiography and the Ethics of WPA Narratives” (2006). Culture Shock and the Practice of Profession: Training the Next Wave in Rhetoric & Composition. Eds., Virginia Anderson and Susan Romano. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton P, 347-61.