Jessica Reyman

Jessica Reyman

Jessica Reyman

Associate Professor

Director, Graduate Studies

Rhetoric and Professional Writing

Office: RH 333

Educational Background

Ph.D. University of Minnesota; 2006
M.A. Southern Illinois University - Carbondale; 2001
B.A. Millikin University; 1998

Professional Interests

Technical communication
Digital rhetoric
Law and ethics
Authorship and intellectual property
Social Media


Selected Publications

  • “Authorship and Ownership of User Contributions on the Social Web.” Cultures of Copyright. Eds. Danielle Nicole DeVoss and Martine Courant Rife. Parlor Press, 2014. Co-authored with Tim Amidon. 108-124.
  • “Patents as Genre.” Law & Literature. 26(2): 2014. 163-190. Co-authored with Dan Burk.
  • “User Data on the Social Web: Authorship, Agency, and Appropriation.” College English. 75(5): 2013. 513-533.
  • “Plagiarism vs. Copyright Law: Is All Copying Theft?” Critical Conversations about Plagiarism. Eds. Michael Donnelly, Rebecca Ingalls, Tracy Ann Morse, Joanna Castner Post, and Anne Meade Stockdell-Giesler. Parlor Press, 2013. 22-35.
  • Special Issue of Technical Communication Quarterly on “Technical Communication and the Law.” 20(1): 2011. Co-edited with Mary Lay Schuster.
  • “The Role of Authorship in the Practice and Teaching of Technical Communication.” Book chapter for Copy(write): Intellectual Property in the Writing Classroom. Eds. Danielle DeVoss, Martine Courant Rife, and Shaun Slattery. Parlor Press, 2011. 351-372.
  • The Rhetoric of Intellectual Property: Copyright Law and the Regulation of Digital Culture. Routledge, 2010.
  • “Property, Theft, Piracy: Rhetoric and Regulation in MGM Studios v. Grokster.” Composition & Copyright: Perspectives on Teaching, Text-Making, and Fair Use. Ed. Steve Westbrook. SUNY Press, 2009. 9-30.

 Selected Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Mentor Award. Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. Northern Illinois University. 2015.
  • David W. Raymond Grant for the Use of Technology in Teaching. “Fostering Digital Literacy in the Writing Classroom.” Northern Illinois University. 2014-2015.
  • Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication. NCTE/Conference on College Composition and Communication Technical And Scientific Communication Awards. “Special Issue: Technical Communication and the Law.” Technical Communication Quarterly. Coedited with Mary Lay Schuster. 2013.
  • Engaged Learning Grant. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Northern Illinois University. “Why English? A Week of Exploring Career Paths for English Majors.” With Cathy Doederlein. 2012.