Susan M. Hagan

Susan M. Hagan

Associate Teaching Professor, English

Susan Hagan focuses her research interests on the interaction of words, images, and typeface, both static and in motion, in terms of their value for argument, description, and narrative. She envisioned and co-edited a special issue of Artifact: The Interaction of Practice and Theory in 2007. Her article, Visual/Verbal Collaboration in Print: Complementary Differences, Necessary Ties, and an Untapped Rhetorical Opportunity (Hagan 2007) received the 2008 NCTE Best Article on Philosophy or Theory for Technical or Scientific Communication. She has been invited to write a chapter focused on illustrators as collaborative problem solvers in visual/verbal environments, slated to be published in 2017. Her book project, currently under review, is Interplay: How Image Text and Typography Create Complementary Meaning, which emerges from her interdisciplinary background.

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Area Of Expertise

Visual/Verbal and multimodal rhetoric

Courses Taught

Visual/Verbal Communication, 76.428, Fall ‘15. 

Document Design, 76.391, Fall ‘15. 

Web Design/Online Information Design, 76.487/887, Spring ‘12; Fall ‘12 to 14. 

Writing for the Professions, 76.270, Spring ‘12 to ‘16.

Reading & Writing in an Academic Context, 76.100, Fall ‘11, ‘12, ‘13. 

Interpretation and Argument, 76.101, Spring ‘13.

Education

Ph.D., Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University

Master of Design, Communication Planning and Information Design, Carnegie Mellon University

BFA, Painting, Art History Minor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Publications

Hagan, S. M. (2007). Visual/Verbal collaboration in print: Complementary differences, necessary ties, and an untapped rhetorical opportunity. Written Communication, 24(1), 49-83. (Received NCTE Award 2008).

Hagan, S. M. (2007, April). [Review of Perspectives in multimodality]. Language in Society, 36(2), 274-278. 

Hagan, S. M., & Stolterman, E. (Eds.). (2007). Artifact: The Interaction of Practice and Theory 1(3). 

Hagan, S. M., & Stolterman, E. (2007). Editorial. Artifact: The Interaction of Practice and Theory. In S. Hagan & E. Stolterman (Eds.), Artifact: The Interaction of Practice and Theory 1(3), 131-133.

 Hagan, S. M. (2015). Developing style as meaning in animation. In C. Ferreira (Ed.), Confia: International conference on illustration & animation. (pp. 409-421). Portugal: IPCA. (ISBN 978-989-98241-9-5). 

Hagan, S. M. (2013). Engaging visual purpose: Toward the use of writing for drawing. In C. Ferreira (Ed.), Confia: International conference on illustration & animation (pp. 107-124). Portugal: IPCA. (ISBN 978-989-97567-6-2). 

Salama, A., Oflazer, K., & Hagan, S. (2013). Typesetting for improved readability using lexical and syntactic information. Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Vol. 2. Short Papers, 2013, 719–724. (ISBN 978-1-937284-51-0). 

Hagan, S. M. (2012). The challenge of look and read: Why illustration communicates meaning that text is not equipped to deliver. In C. Ferreira (Ed.), Confia: International conference on illustration & animation (pp. 107-124). Portugal: IPCA. (ISBN 978-989-97567-6-2). 

Hagan, S. M. (2004). Visual/Verbal meaning collaboration in redefining interplay: A case study. In Futureground (compact disc). Melbourne, Australia: Design Research Society. 

Hagan, S. M. (2004). Using ‘visual/verbal interplay’ to tap Into collective memory and shared understanding. In D. McDonagh (Ed.), Design and emotion: The experience of everyday things (pp. 155-159). Loughborough: Taylor & Francis. 

Hagan, S. M. (2001). Teaching intuitive skills: Using speak-aloud protocols to explore design skills. In V. Popovic & T. Kim (Eds.), ICSID educational seminar 2001 Seongnam proceedings: Exploring emerging design paradigm (pp. 185-191). Seoul, Korea: Korean Institute of Design Promotion, International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.

University Service

Title IX Deputy Coordinator in Qatar, 2015 

Faculty Advisor to the Graduation Speaker, 2015. 

Selection Committee: Student Graduation Speaker, 2015. 

QSIURP Committee: Evaluate student research proposals, 2013 to present. 

Meeting of the Minds: Preliminary Judge and Faculty Guide, 2013 to present. 

CMU-Q Workshop: Poster Development, Spring, 2014-15.

Workshop IS: How to Conduct a Literature Review, with Silvia Pessoa, 2013-14. 

CMU-Q Workshop: Resume Writing & Design, Fall, 2013-14. 

Qatar Course Open House, 2012 to present. Organized and presented twice-yearly event that gives undergraduates the opportunity to learn more about electives and minors. 

ARB: Academic Review Board, 2012 to 2015.

Research Description

Hagan focuses her research interests on the interaction of words, images, and typeface, both static and in motion, in terms of their value for argument, description, and narrative.

Working Papers

Hagan, S. M. (2014). Interplay: How image, text, and typography create complementary meaning. Manuscript under review.

Hagan, S. M. (2016). Illustrators: Collaborative Problem Solvers in Three Environments.