A professor speaks to a group of students sitting in the film viewing room with black and white film on the screen over his shoulder.

Michael Zerbe, Ph.D.


  • B.S., James Madison University (1988)
  • M.T.S.C., Miami University (1990)
  • Ph.D., Purdue University (1998)


  • First Year Writing
  • Advanced Composition and Rhetorical Theory
  • Science in Rhetoric and Literature
  • Writing in Professional Cultures and Interdisciplinary Writing
  • Digital Writing and Professional Editing

Research Interests

  • Rhetorics of Science and Medicine
  • Rhetoric and Composition and Science Literacy


  • Fulbright Lecturer, Bulgaria, 2009
  • York College Summer Research Grant, 2003, 2005
  • Health Communications Fellowship, National Cancer Institute, 1990

Recent Publications

  • Zerbe, Michael J. Composition and the Rhetoric of Science: Engaging the Dominant Discourse. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2007.
  • DelliCarpini, Dominic, and Michael J. Zerbe. "Remembering the Canons' Middle Sisters: Style, Memory and the Return of Progymnasmata in the Liberal Arts Writing major." What are We Becoming?: Developments in Undergraduate Writing Majors. Eds. Gregory Giberson and Thomas Moriarty. Logan: Utah State university Press, 2010. 177-203.
  • Zerbe, Michael J. "From the Frontiers of IMRAD: Non-Traditional Medical Research in Two Cancer Journals." Rhetoric of Healthcare: Essays Toward a New Disciplinary Inquiry. Eds. Barbara Heifferon and Stuart Brown. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2008. 203-220.


  • Member of and grant writer for the Harrisburg Choral Society
  • West Shore Recreation basketball team member
  • Youth soccer coach
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