Lonie McMichael, Ph.D.

Principal Instructor, Lonie McMichael

Lonie McMichael, Ph.D.

Principal Instructor
Technical Communication & Information Design (TCID)
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Lonie McMichael: After receiving her bachelor’s in history and English from Texas A&M University, Lonie McMichael worked as a technical writer in Austin’s high-tech arena, primarily at AMD, for over a decade. She went back to school in 2003 and received her master’s in technical communication from Texas State University and her Ph.D. in technical communication and rhetoric from Texas Tech University. 

Lonie has authored two books – Talking Fat and Acceptable Prejudice – on the intersection of fat studies and medical rhetoric. She then segued into teaching technological adaptability and wrote a book on that subject. Her current research interests include Learning eXperience Design (LXD), an intersection of UX and instructional design, as well as extended reality (augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality) in tech comm. 

Lonie teaches introduction to technical writing, technological adaptability, Learning eXperience Design, information architecture, and data visualization as well as the past, present, and future of publication technologies.