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Robert McEachern, Ph.D.

MceachernProfessor of English

Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Composition Studies

Office: Engleman Hall D261
Phone: 203.392.5526





Ph.D., English/Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville, 1997
M.A., English, Northeastern University, 1991
B.A., English, Boston University, 1989

About Professor McEachern

I teach classes in professional writing and composition, and mentor students who complete professional writing internships. I also currently serve as Co-coordinator of the Composition Program. My research focuses on how social media affect the writing processes of professional writers. I am also very interested in online learning platforms, including MOOCs. 

Recent Courses Taught

ENG 112 – Writing Arguments
ENG 240 – Professional Writing: Theory and Practice
ENG 294 – Writing for the Web
ENG 304 – Technical Writing and Communication
ENG 316 – Writing for Business and Industry
ENG 398 – Professional Writing and Social Media
ENG 498 – Professional Writing Internship
ENG 519 – Teaching College Writing (Grad)

Selected Publications and Presentations


“Why Cheat? Plagiarism in MOOCs.” MOOC News and Reviews. June 24, 2013.

“Looking Back at the ‘Fundamentals of Online Education’ Crash.” MOOC News and Reviews. May 2, 2013.

“Social Media Challenges for Professional Writers” Advances in Communications and Media Research. Volume 9. Ed. Anthony V. Stavros.New York:Nova Science Publishers, 2013.

“Experiencing a Social Network in an Organizational Context: The Facebook Internship.” Business Communication Quarterly 74:4 (December 2011). 486-493.

“(Un)civil Discourse in Nonprofits’ Use of Web 2.0.” Reflections: Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy 10:1 (Fall 2010): 156-171.


“Green Wedding Dresses, Diving Elbow Drops, and Charles Dickens: Interns’ Transitions to Professional Social Media Writing.” Modern Language Association. Boston, MA, January 2013.

“Rethinking Collaborative Writing: The Effects of Social Media on Nonprofit Writers.” Writing research Across Borders II: 4th International Conference on Writing Research. Fairfax, VA, February 2011.

“Remixing the Writer and the Reader: Nonprofits' Use of Web 2.0.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Louisville, KY, March 2010.