Heather Graves, PhD (Ohio State University), MA (University of Waterloo), BA (Co-op) (University of Waterloo)

Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept


Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept
4-7 Humanities Centre
11121 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



Heather Graves is Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB where she teaches academic and technical and business communication. Her research interests include argument in academic discourse, visual rhetoric, and the rhetoric of science. She has published three academic books: Rhetoric in(to) Science: Style as Invention in Inquiry in 2005; Writing Centres, Writing Seminars, Writing Culture: Writing Instruction in Anglo-Canadian Universities edited with Roger Graves in 2006; and Interdisciplinarity: Thinking and Writing Beyond Borders edited with Roger Graves in 2010; and four writing textbooks: A Strategic Guide to Technical Communication with Roger Graves in 2007/2012; The Brief Penguin Handbook (Cdn Eds) with Lester Faigley and Roger Graves (2008/2011/2014); The Little Penguin Handbook (Cdn Eds) with Lester Faigley and Roger Graves (2009/2012/2015); and Dynamics of Business and Professional Communication: A Case-Based Approach with Roger Graves (2015).


  • EGOS Best Paper Award, 2012, for “Dirty Oil, Snake Oil: Categorical Illegitimacy of Alberta’s Oil Sands.” 28th EGOS Colloquium in Helsinki, FN.
    € 2,000 ($3,000 CDN)
  • Scholar in Residence for Arts Research in Nanotechnology (2010). National Institute for Nanotechnology, National Research Council of Canada, & University of Alberta. Edmonton, AB
  • Pearson Education Canada, Higher Education Division, Softside Book of the Year, 2007 for The Brief Penguin Handbook, 1st Cdn. Ed.


Research Areas and Interests:

  • Rhetoric of Science,
  • Academic Writing and Argument,
  • Gamification and the Teaching of Writing,
  • Rhetoric of Oil,
  • Visual Rhetoric


Undergraduate Courses:

WRS 102 Writing in the Disciplines (designed and developed course for GwRIT Learning Environment)
WRS 103, Writing for Science Undergraduate Students
WRS 101, Exploring Writing (for Science Undergraduate Students)

Graduate Courses:

LABMP 560 Technology and the Future of Medicine (Interdisciplinary team-taught graduate course)
WRS 500 (Independent Study) Graduate Writing for Academic and Professional Success
WRS 500 Academic Writing for Science Graduate Students
WRS 602 History of Rhetoric

Courses I've Taught at Previous Institutions:

Undergraduate Courses:

Topics in Writing: Document Design
Topics in Writing: Rhetoric and Literature
Introduction to Professional Writing
Writing in the Professions
Technical Writing
Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy

Advanced Exposition
Language and Gender
Women and Literature

Graduate Courses:

Teaching Writing Online
History of Rhetoric, Part 3, (Modern)
Composition Theory
Online Documentation/Writing for the Web
Document Design
Writing in the Professions
The Rhetoric of Science
History of Rhetoric, Part I (Classical)
Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy

Survey of Classical Rhetoric
Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition
The Rhetoric of Inquiry
The Turn to Ethnography in Composition Studies
Gender and Writing
Introduction to Composition Studies


“ ‘Let G=(V, E) be a graph’: Making the Abstract Tangible in Introductions in Mathematics Research Articles.”

Author(s): Heather Graves, Shahin Moghaddasi, Azirah Hashim
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Journal of English for Specific Purposes
Volume: 36
Page Numbers: 1 – 11

“The Rhetoric of (Interdisciplinary) Science: Visuals and The Construction of Facts in Nanotechnology.”

Author(s): Heather Graves
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: POROI
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: Web.