Isidore K Dorpenyo

Isidore K Dorpenyo

Isidore K Dorpenyo

Associate Professor

Writing and Rhetoric: Writing and Rhetoric: International technical communication, professional and technical communication, social justice, public intellectualism, rhetoric of technology, technology and elections, politics, biometric technology, and localization.

Isidore K. Dorpenyo is associate professor of professional writing and rhetoric in the Department of English at George Mason University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in technical, scientific and professional communication. His research interests include intercultural communication, localization, election technologies, social justice, public engagement, and user experience. His publications have appeared in Journal of Business and Technical CommunicationJournal of Technical Writing and Communication, Technical communication Quarterly, Technical Communication, Programmatic Perspectives, and the Community Literacy Journal. He is the author of the book User Localization Strategies in the Face of Technological Breakdown: Biometric in Ghana’s Elections. Palgrave Macmillan Press. 2020. He's co-edited three special issues. His co-authored article is the winner of the 2023 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award for Best Article on Pedagogy or Curriculum in Technical and Scientific Communication

Current Research

I am currently looking into the biometric technology adopted by Ghana to enhance its electoral system and how it provides an avenue to theorize localization processes.

Selected Publications

User Localization Strategies in the Face of Technological Breakdown: Biometric in Ghana’s Elections. Palgrave Macmillan Press. 2020

Dorpenyo, K.I. & Fernandez, L. (2022). Towards a Social Justice Agenda: Learning Outcomes as a Site for Coalition Building. Programmatic Perspectives, 13(1): 114-130

Guest Editor (special issue with Godwin Agboka in 2022): Enacting Social Justice in Technical and Professional Communication, IEEE Transactions Professional Communication, 65 (1):5-10 

Dorpenyo, I. K. (2021). Local Knowledge as Illiterate Rhetoric: An Antenarrative Approach to Enacting Socially Just Technical Communication. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 00472816211030199.

Agboka, G. Y., & Dorpenyo, I. K. (2022). Curricular Efforts in Technical Communication After the Social Justice Turn. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 36(1):38-70. DOI: 10.1177/10506519211044195

**2023 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award for Best Article on Pedagogy or Curriculum in Technical and Scientific Communication

Equipping Technical Communicators for Social Justice Work: Theories, Methodologies, and Pedagogies
2021-06-01 | book-chapter DOI: 10.7330/9781646421084.c010

Dorpenyo, K.I. “Risky Election, Vulnerable Technology: Localizing Biometric use in Elections for the Sake of Justice.” Technical Communication Quarterly, (2019):1-15

Guest Editor (special issue): “Technical Communication and Elections Technologies.” Technical Communication, 65.4 (2018)

“Mapping a Space for Rhetorical-Cultural Analysis: A case of a Scientific Proposal.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 45.3 (2015)

Bowen, L. M., Arko, K., Beatty, J., Delaney, C., Dorpenyo, I., Moeller, L., ... & Velat, J. “Community Engagement in a Graduate-Level Community Literacy Course.” Community Literacy Journal, 9.1, (2014):18-38.

Grants and Fellowships

Doug Eyman, Heidi Lawrence and Isidore Dorpenyo received $30,000 Curriculum Impact Grant to expand and revise the Professional Writing and Rhetoric concentration at George Mason

Courses Taught

ENGH 724:Professional Writing Theory and Research

ENGH 488: Advanced Technical Writing

ENGH 501: Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing

ENGH 485/505: Document Design

ENGH 702: Research Methods in Professional Writing and Rhetoric

HNRS 353: Technologies of Elections

ENGH 502: Research Methods in Professional Writing and Rhetoric

ENGH 388: Professional and Technical Writing

ENGH 302: Advanced Composition

Education

PhD, Rhetoric, Theory and Culture, Michigan Technological University, 2016.

MS, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Michigan Technological University, 2013.

BA, English, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, 2008.

In the Media

https://tccamp.org/episodes/how-technical-communication-intersects-with-technology-and-civic-engagement/

Dissertations Supervised

Munira Mutmainna, An Inquiry of Health Narratives of South Asian Immigrant and International Communities in the U.S. (2024)