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Evelyn Dsouza

Professional Website · University of Minnesota CLA Directory Page

New York City Metropolitan Area

(862) 432-5964 · edsouza@umn.edu

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. 2018-2022

Department of Writing Studies

Doctoral Minor: Natural Resources Science and Management

Dissertation Title: The Rhetorical Ecology of an Urban Wetland Complex

Dissertation Committee: Drs. Donald Ross, Dan Card, Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, and Kristen Nelson


Master of Arts (M.A.) in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. 2016-2018

Department of Writing Studies


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. 2010-2014

ΦBK, summa cum laude, specialized honors

Areas of Specialization

Composition pedagogy, environmental studies, ecology and rhetoric, rhetorics of science and technology, scientific and technical communication, public and professional writing

University Teaching

Graduate Instructor - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (August 2016 - present)

Teaching Assistant - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Fall 2020)

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Co-recipient, 2021 Water Circle Grant Funding. University of Minnesota Water Network. $2,500.

  • Recipient, 2021 Graduate Internship Fellowship Funding. College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota. $5,000.

  • Recipient, 2020 Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award. Department of Writing Studies, University of Minnesota. $500.

  • Recipient, 2020 Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) Research Methods Workshop Scholarship. $200. [Canceled due to COVID-19]

  • Recipient, 2018 Affiliates 21st Century Research Fellowship in Scientific and Technical Communication. Department of Writing Studies, University of Minnesota. $5,000.

  • Fellow, 2017 Graduate Research Partnership Program. College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota. $5,000.

Academic Publications

Peer-reviewed chapters in books or edited volumes

  • Dsouza, E. (Revisions complete; under review.) Celtic geometric art as a visual rhetoric of science. In L. Olman (Ed.), Global rhetorics of science. State University of New York Press.

Columns or feature essays

  • Banville, M., Das, M., Davis, K., Dsouza, E., Gresbrink, E., Kalodner-Martin, E., & Stambler, D. (2021.) Identity, agency, and precarity: Considerations of a graduate student committee in a technical communication professional organization. Programmatic Perspectives, 12(2).

  • Dsouza, E. (2021.) A place in flux: Memory and futurity in the Hackensack Meadowlands. Open Rivers: Rethinking Water, Place & Community, 19. https://doi.org/10.24926/2471190X.8297

Presentations

National and international conferences

Place-making as a rhetorical function of environmental technical descriptions. Individual paper, Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ARSTM)-sponsored session at the National Communication Association (NCA) 107th Annual Convention. Seattle, WA. November 18-21, 2021.

Adapting the process of structured decision making as a teaching tool for technical communication. Poster presentation at the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) 2019 Conference. West Chester, PA. October 11, 2019.

Rivers run through it: An actor-network theory approach to the textual analysis of a forest plan. Individual co-presentation at the 2019 Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE). Vancouver, BC, Canada. June 18, 2019.

Revisiting Literacy for Science in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Individual presentation at the 2018 International Writing Across the Curriculum (IWAC) Conference. Auburn, AL. June 6, 2018.

Theme and variation on Royster's ‘Voice’ (1996) and the performance-identity relationship. Panel presentation at the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Pittsburgh, PA. March 16, 2018.

Changing notions of space, place, and the FYW classroom. Individual work-in-progress presentation at the 30th Annual Research Network Forum, at the 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Portland, OR. March 15, 2017.

The Masumoto family farm in David Mas Masumoto’s Harvest Son: Planting Roots in American Soil. Individual presentation at the 10th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE). Lawrence, KS. June 1, 2013.


Regional conferences

Collaborative writers’ habits of mind. Panel presentation at Minnesota Writing and English (MnWE) 2018 Conference. Minneapolis, MN. March 23, 2018.

Ecology and composition: A history. Panel presentation at the Minnesota Writing and English (MnWE) 2017 Conference. Marshall, MN. April 1, 2017.

Techniques for teaching watershed stewardship. Panel presentation at the 30th Annual Conference of the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education (ANJEE). West Windsor, NJ. January 23, 2015.


Local and departmental workshops and presentations

Peer review. Workshop facilitated at the Advanced Writing Teaching Symposium at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Minneapolis, MN. May 9, 2019.

An actor-network theory approach to the textual analysis of a forest plan. Parlor presentation for the Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication (RSTC) Program, Department of Writing Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN. February 6, 2019.

Revisiting Literacy for Science in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Parlor presentation for the Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication (RSTC) Program, Department of Writing Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN. October 4, 2017.

What does (and doesn’t) matter in first-year writing. Panel presentation at the Annual First-Year Writing Symposium, Department of Writing Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN. May 15, 2017.

Writing and the environment: Composition studies as fertile ground for the promotion of sustainability. Poster presentation at ESS Capstone Presentations, Department of Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Drew University, NJ. May 1, 2014.


Invited lectures

Environmental communication: Theory, practice, and a case-in-point. Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub. Minneapolis, MN. January 18, 2022.

Structured decision making as a teaching tool for technical communication. 2021 Spring Research Showcase at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Minneapolis, MN. April 26, 2021.

Communication in the environmental sector: Research and practice in technical communication. Guest lecture in WRIT 1001: Introduction to Technical Communication. November 24, 2020.

Rhetoric and TWC [technical writing and communication]. Guest lecture in WRIT 1001: Introduction to Technical Communication. September 22, 2020.

Communication in the environmental sector: Research and practice in technical communication. Guest lecture in WRIT 1001: Introduction to Technical Communication. April 2019.


Accepted proposals

Bridging, connecting, reaching: Developing a course on writing for the sciences based on transfer of learning. Individual presentation at the 2021 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). April 2021.

Does place still matter for writing studies? Individual presentation at the 43rd Annual New Jersey College English Association Conference. October 2020.

A rhetorical perspective on the science-policy interface of water. Individual presentation at the Association for Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ARSTM) Pre-Conference 2020 at the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA). May 2020.

Do grading contracts in the TPC classroom engage questions of language, power, access? Individual presentation at the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) 2020 Conference. March 2020.

Academic Service

Contributor, Technical Communication (open-access textbook published by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing).

Member, Early Career Engagement Sub-Committee, University of Minnesota Water Council. July 1, 2021 - present.


Facilitator, Writing Support Sub-Committee, Council of Programs for Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) Graduate Student Committee. January 15, 2020 - present.


Paper reviewer, 2021 Minnesota Youth Institute. April 25 - May 3, 2021.


Sponsorship coordinator and volunteer, 2018 Minnesota Writing and English Conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. March 23 - 24, 2018.

Plenary session moderator, 2018 Minnesota Writing and English Conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. March 24, 2018.


Panel moderator, 21st Annual Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing Conference, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul. October 21, 2017.

Departmental representative, Council of Graduate Students (COGS), 2017-2018.

Relevant Graduate Coursework

Research

Research Methods (WRIT 8011), Applied Research Methods (WRIT 8012)

Rhetoric

The Rhetorical Tradition: Classical Period (WRIT 5775), The Rhetorical Tradition: Modern Era (WRIT 5776)

Writing Studies

Multimodal Writing Instruction: Theory and Practice (WRIT 8540), Writing in the Clouds: Rhetoric, Authorship, and Text in Networked Digital Spaces (WRIT 8550), Argument and Audiences (WRIT 8560), Actor-Network Theory Approaches to Writing (WRIT 8560)

Technical Communication

The Rhetoric, Science, and Technology of Collaboration (WRIT 8520), Writing Studies and Usability (WRIT 8560)

Environmental Studies

Environmental Conflict Management, Leadership, and Planning (ESPM 5202), Natural Resource Law and the Management of Public Lands and Water (ESPM 5256), Landscape Ecology and Management (FNRM 5204), Civic Participation in Public Affairs (PA 5145)

Public and Professional Works

  • Designed and edited an analytical report (2014-2020: 7-Year Trends in Summer Water Quality) for the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI) (August 2021)

  • Created templates and examples of fact sheets, event reports, and style guides for use by MERI (August 2021)

  • Co-authored a recommendation report for web usability for the Hennepin County Library (April 2018)

  • Created a website to provide branding and establish credibility for a mock consulting firm and serve as a collaborative repository for a multi-party facilitated negotiation with over 50 users (April 2018)

  • Authored an analytical report for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection produced during term of service in a watershed management program, logging data collected from 42 stream assessments and providing recommendations for future study and intervention, June 2015.

  • Gathered interview data and air quality monitoring data, and provided input on drafting and sentence-level editing as internship-based contributions to scientific scholarly article and public report (August 2013)

  • Co-produced letters-to-the-editor instructions and toolkit for CATA (El Comite de Apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agrícolas) - The Farmworker Support Committee (December 2011)

Volunteer Experience and Public or Nonprofit Employment

Science & Technical Communications Intern - Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI), Lyndhurst, New Jersey (Summer 2021)

Volunteer - Hope’s Promise Equine Assisted Activities, Chester, New Jersey (September 2020 - present)

Editorial Reviewer - Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota (Winter 2019-20)

Support Guide - Ridge and Valley Charter School, Blairstown, New Jersey (August 2015 - June 2016)

AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassador - New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Trenton, New Jersey; Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, Chatham, New Jersey (September 2014 - July 2015)

Board Member - Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center (December 2015 - December 2019)

Student Intern - Powder River Basin Resource Council, Clark, Wyoming (Summer 2013)

Apprentice and Volunteer - Genesis Farm, Blairstown, New Jersey (Summer 2011)

Select Professional Development Activities

Badges and Certifications

Project Management 101, University of Minnesota, issued March 2021

Project WILD / Aquatic WILD Certification, New Jersey Dept of Environmental Protection, issued Feb 2015

Paraprofessional Watershed Restoration Training, Rutgers University, issued Nov 2014

Project WET Certification, New Jersey Dept of Environmental Protection, issued Sep 2014


Workshops

At-a-glance infographics with Mike Parkinson (Billion Dollar Graphics). Society for Technical Communication, Virtual Technical Communication Summit. June 5, 2021.

Incorporating participatory approaches to your grad school work and beyond. Institute on the Environment. February 5 and 12, 2021.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) series with Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington (Washington Consulting Group). Department of Writing Studies, University of Minnesota. September 2020 - May 2021.

Building alternative archives: Opportunities and disruptions in archival methods with Dr. Katrina Powell. Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) 2020 Research Methods Workshop. March 2020. [Canceled due to COVID-19]

Advanced qualitative research methods. Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS) at the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. March 2, 2018.


Trainings

Online teaching training program. Department of Writing Studies and the Liberal Arts Technology Innovation Services (LATIS) at the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota. May 2020.


Webinars

Green stormwater infrastructure: Opportunities and challenges in the era of climate and pursuit of justice. Environmental Science and Technology. November 11, 2021.

The phases of successful freelance technical editing. Society for Technical Communication. July 7, 2021.

Foundations of technical illustrating. Society for Technical Communication. June 25, 2021.

How structured content is disrupting the future of documents in a born-digital world. Technical Communication at Adobe. June 15, 2021.

Confluence: Waters as an analytic of Indigenous feminisms. Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. April 22, 2021.

Usability and user experience (UX). Technical Communication Advisory Board (TCAB), Department of Writing Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. February 12, 2021.

Feedback finesse: The art of giving and receiving feedback. Society for Technical Communication, February 10, 2021.

Content strategy and management. Technical Communication Advisory Board (TCAB), Department of Writing Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. December 4, 2020.

Online teaching essentials: Tips for preparing for your virtual class. Oxford University Press. August 27, 2020.

Design challenge: Choose accessible learning content (CALC) webinar. Teaching with Technology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. November 14, 2019.

Technical Proficiencies

Languages

English (fluent), Latin (proficient)


Markup languages

HTML, XML


Style guides

AP, APA 7, Chicago Manual of Style 17, MLA 9, IEEE (limited), ISO (limited)


Learning management systems

Blackboard, Canvas by Instructure, Google Classroom, Moodle


Collaboration and conferencing

Google Workspace, hypthes.is, Jira, Microsoft Teams, Notion, Office365, Trello, Zoom


Content management systems

WordPress, Google Sites


Data analysis and reference management software

ArcGIS, NVivo, SPSS, Zotero


Desktop publishing platforms

FrameMaker, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Canva, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word


Discussion and group process facilitation

Art of Hosting


PDF editor applications

Acrobat, Kami, Preview


Source-code editors

Dreamweaver, Visual Studio Code


Video editors

Kaltura, iMovie


Visualization tools

Infranodus, Lucidchart, Visio, Xmind

Memberships and Affiliations

Honors Societies

Phi Beta Kappa

Sigma Tau Delta

Golden Key International Honour Society


Professional Affiliations

Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ARSTM)

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE)

Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)

Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC)

International Environmental Communication Association (IECA)

New Jersey College English Association (NJCEA)

Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)

Society for Technical Communication (STC)