Regular Faculty

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 All quarters: Dr. S's current students should check Canvas for office hours times. Others should email for an 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: The Nature of Written Discourse, WRIT 21: The Sentence in Context, WRIT 27: Writing about Genre, Writing 1: Introduction to Composition, WRIT 2: Rhetoric & Inquiry, WRIT 203: Theories and Practices for Teaching Writing, 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

Honors, Awards and Grants

Winner, 2nd place,Thomas Robbins Awards for Excellence in the Study of New Religious Movements for "'Verbal Orders Don't go -- Write it!: Building and Maintaining the Promised Land." The Thomas Robbins Awards for Excellence in the Study of New Religious Movements were established in 2002 to recognize outstanding articles published in Nova Religio. The Robbins awards are administered by the Association for the Academic Study of New Religions (AASNR).

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.