Toscano, Aaron, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Fretwell 280F
704-687-0613

Educational Background

Ph.D. Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, August 2006

Dissertation: Positioning Guglielmo Marconi’s Wireless: A Rhetorical Analysis of an Early Twentieth-Century Technology

M.S. Professional Writing, Towson University, Towson, MD, August 2000

Thesis: The Rhetoric of Fear as a Persuasive Strategy in Ashley Montagu and Floyd Matson’s Preface to The Dehumanization of Man

B.A. Economics/English, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, May 1998

 

Academic Positions

Associate Professor, Department of English, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

(07/2012-present, tenured 07/2012)

Director of Undergraduate Advising, Department of English, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC (07/2012-6/2016)

Assistant Professor, Department of English, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

(08/2006-7/2012, reappointed 05/2009)

Affiliate Professor, Department of Women’s & Gender Studies (02/2007-present)

Department of Communications Studies (08/2012-present), UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

 

Research Interests

Technical Communication, Rhetoric/Composition, New Media, Popular Culture Studies, Gender Studies, Science Fiction, Video Game Studies

Science & Technology Studies: Rhetoric of Technology, History of Technology, Philosophy of Technology

 

Research Activity

Toscano, Aaron A. Marconi’s Wireless and the Rhetoric of a New Technology. Dordrecht: Springer, 2012.

Toscano, Aaron A. “Tony Soprano as the American Everyman and Scoundrel: How The Sopranos (re)Presents Contemporary Middle-Class Anxieties.” Journal of Popular Culture. 26 ms pages. (accepted)

Toscano, Aaron A. “Enacting Culture in Gaming: A Video Gamer’s Literacy Experiences and Practices.” Current Issues in Education 14.1 (2011): 1-30.

Toscano, Aaron A. “Using I, Robot in the Technical Writing Classroom: Developing a Critical Technological Awareness.” Computers and Composition 28.1 (March 2011): 14-27.

Toscano, Aaron A. “Rethinking Online Space: Encouraging Student Immersion for Online and Hybrid Courses.” Studies in Media & Information Literacy Education 9.2 (May 2009): 70-85.

Toscano, Aaron A. “Discussing Workplace Identities to Foster Writing Exploration: Lessons and Activities for Critical Engagement.” North Carolina English Teacher 64.2 (Summer 2008): 4-11.

Branscum, John and Aaron Toscano. “Experimenting with Multimodality.” Multimodal Composition: Resources Book for Teachers. Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2007: 83-98.

 

Manuscripts in Progress (all titles are tentative titles)

 

Toscano, Aaron A. “Student Struggle with Career-Oriented Assignments: An Analysis of Résumés and Cover Letters.” 27 ms pages. (article submitted to refereed journal)

Toscano, Aaron A. The Rhetoric of Video Games: A Cultural Perspective. (tentative title of a book-length project based on revised video game conference presentations)

 

Conference Presentations

Toscano, Aaron A. “Industry Advocacy after Public Backlash: The Rhetoric of Repairing Duke Energy’s Reputation after the North Carolina-Virginia Coal Ash Debacle.” Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference. Houston, TX, March 2016.

Toscano, Aaron A. “Games of Conquest: A Cultural Analysis of Video Games.” Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South Conference. Wilmington, NC, October 2015.

Toscano, Aaron A. “Video Games and Aggressive Word Play: Media Sensationalism on the Effects of Playing Violent Video Games." Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South Conference. New Orleans, LA, October 2014.

Toscano, Aaron A. “Outsourcing Technical Writing: Multiple Technical Writing Futures.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, IN, March 2014.

Toscano, Aaron A. “Not-So-Alternative Families: Heteronormativity, Phallocentrism, and Patriarchal Order in Modern Family.” Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South Conference. Savannah, GA, October 2013.

Toscano, Aaron A. “Graduating Good: (Pre)Professional Skills and the Commodification of Language in Academic Contexts.” Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. Louisville, KY, October 2012.

Toscano, Aaron A. “Can Friendship Survive the Marriage? How HBO’s Entourage Performs an Emerging Adulthood Narrative.” Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South Conference. New Orleans, LA, October 2011.

Toscano, Aaron A. “The Discourse Surrounding Technology: Expanding the Assumed Boundary of Technical Communication.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta, GA, April 2011.

Toscano, Aaron A. “Critiquing the Neoliberal Ideology Embedded within Professional Writing.” Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. Louisville, KY, October 2010.

Toscano, Aaron A. “Professional Composition: Remixing Composition Theory and Practice for Twenty-First-Century Communication.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Louisville, KY, March 2010.

Toscano, Aaron A. “Tony Soprano as Middle America’s Barometer: How the Sopranos (re)Present Contemporary Middle-Class Anxieties.” Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South Conference. Wilmington, NC, October 2009.

Toscano, Aaron A. “Professional Writing to (Un)Learn: Pre-Career Writing as a Chance for Critical Reflection.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, California, March 2009.

Toscano, Aaron A. “But aren’t You Mad? New(s) Media Reaction to the Virginia Tech Shooting.” Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. Louisville, Kentucky, October 2008.

Toscano, Aaron A. “Bringing Workplace Identities into the Composition Classroom.” Student Success in First-Year Composition Conference. Statesboro, GA 2008.

Toscano, Aaron A. “Backlash! What Two of Nicole Kidman's Early US Films Say about the Role of Women in Popular Culture.” Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South Conference. Jacksonville, Florida, September 2007.

Toscano, Aaron A. “Nine or Ten Reasons Asimov's I, Robot May Revitalize Technical Communication Pedagogy.” Kentucky Philological Association Conference. Barbourville, Kentucky, March 2007. 

 

Media Interviews

Privacy Concerns with Spokeo.com

Marconi's Wireless and The Titanic

 

Teaching and Instructional Activities

Courses Developed at UNC Charlotte

ENGL 4008/5008, AMST 4050, COMM 4050, and WGST 4050/5050: New Media—Gender, Culture, Technology (hybrid course)

ENGL/AMST/WMST 3050: New Media—Gender, Culture, Technology

ENGL/WMST 3050: Video Games and Film—Gender, Culture, Ideology

ENGL 4275 & 4008: Rhetoric of Technology

ENGL 6008: New Media

 

Courses Taught at UNC Charlotte

LBST 2212: Literature and Culture: Science Fiction

LBST 2213: Science, Technology, & Society

HTAS 2100: Introduction to Humanities, Technology, and Science

ENGL 2116: Introduction to Technical Communication

ENGL/AMST/WMST 3050: New Media—Gender, Culture, Technology

ENGL/WMST 3050: Video Games and Film—Gender, Culture, Ideology

ENGL 4275 & 4008: Rhetoric of Technology

ENGL 4180/5180: Theories of Technical Communication

ENGL 4181/5181: Writing User Documents

ENGL 4182/5182: Information Design and Digital Publishing

ENGL 4008/5008 & WGST 4050/5050: “Topics in Technical Communication”

ENGL 4400/5400: Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing (formerly titled “English Composition Practicum”)

ENGL 6008: New Media

ENGL 6116: Technical/Professional Writing

 

Professional Memberships

Association of Teachers of Technical Writing

National Council of Teachers of English

Popular Culture Association of the South/American Culture Association of the South

Society for the History of Technology

Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts