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Dr. Nicole A. McFarlane

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Assistant Professor (Rhetoric & Composition) 

Office: Butler Building 132
Phone: (910) 672-2146


Rhetorics, Communication & Information Design 
Clemson University, 2012

English and African American Literature
North Carolina A&T State University, 2004

Political Science
UNC Charlotte, 2002 

Research Fellow
Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought
European Graduate School  
Saas-Fee, Switzerland, 2011 


Nicole A. McFarlane specializes in African American Cultural Rhetorics and Digital Composition. Dr. McFarlane teaches new media writing and focuses on how emerging technologies mediate citizenship to compose spaces of color in the public sphere. Her scholarship includes publications on screen captioning and rhetorical representations of African American English (AAE). Professional affiliations include National Council of Teachers of English / Conference on College Composition and Communication; Association of Teachers of Technical Writing; National Council for Black Studies; and Rhetoric Society of America.  

Dr. Nicole McFarlane, an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Fayetteville State University (FSU), has been named a 2017 ELEVATE (Enriching Learning, Enhancing Visibility & Training Educators) Fellow through the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI). McFarlane is one of 18 fellows nationwide selected for the program, and is one of only eight Presidential Fellows.

Publications & Sponsored Research

"DFW Ain't Just an Airport in Texas: Standard Departures and African American English at Black Colleges and Universities" (co-investigator, Ji Young Kim). Ongoing quantitative study on AAE supported by Dartmouth College Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.

"Color-Deafness: White Writing as Palimpsest for African American English in Screen Captioning and Video Technologies" (with Nicole E. Snell) in Rhetorics of Whiteness: PostRacial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education. Eds. Tammy M. Kennedy, Joyce Irene Middleton, and Krista Ratcliffe. Southern Illinois University Press. January 2017. 

"Barack Obama: Black Talk Flow, White Folk Fluent." Eds. Ira Allen and Elizabeth A. Flynn. College Composition and Communication. 67:3 (2016) 469-477. Print.

Course Syllabi (Fall 2016)

Business & Professional Writing (ENGL 344) – Knowing, Doing, Making Effective Career Networks

English Composition II (ENGL 120.01) − Rhetorics of Political Expression 

Other Courses

Spring 2017 Portfolio Development (ENGL 420.01) – "Light Writing" as Multimedia Accessibility. 

Issues in Professional Writing (ENGL 335) – Works [Re]Cited Bronco Bloggers

English Composition I (ENGL 110.07/08) - How Black Art Matters for #FSUFineArtsFellows   

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