Fenobia I. Dallas, Ph.D.
Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing
Department of Rhetoric & Professional Writing
Saginaw Valley State University
7400 Bay Road
University Center, MI 48710

Learning, teaching, and contributing are on-going processes. The locations vary from the classroom, to the workplace, to social spaces. This website is indicative of those processes, as I continue to learn and think about possibilities (by disrupting the narrative), to instruct others (by engaging in meaningful discourse), and to illuminate shared knowledge within my community (reaching back as I climb).


My main research interest lies in the intersecting and overlapping worlds of the 1950's through 1974 and the status of African American neighborhoods and the community. The impact of the post-World War II society on African American communities can be seen in the social, economic, political, educational, religious, and ideological engagement of the time, through the present. Examining these multiple perspectives may offer some insight for addressing contemporary community issues.

My secondary research interests are the military service of African Americans; African mythology as a precursor to Greek mythology (and by extension, African rhetoric as a precursor to Greek rhetoric); science fiction's portrayal of the future; and the paucity of African Americans in higher education.

I consider language use, cultural and social agency, and the widening gap between the economically rich and the economically poor among my foremost interests. The technical writer's use of technology and technological devices in creative ways can be an asset in addressing the economic gap. Language, cultural agency and social interaction can be addressed through the use of technological tools such as cell phones, smart phones, and other devices that serve as platforms to bring information to the user to provide a basis of communal discourse.

The technical writer can be the catalyst and be the mediator for this change.

Barber, John T., and Alice A. Tait, eds. The Information Society and the Black Community. Westport, CT: Prager, 2001.

Butler, Octavia. Survivor. Garden City, NY: Doubledy, 1978.

Caldwell, John, and Anna Everett, eds. New Media: Theories and Practices of Digitextuality.Taylor & Francis, 2003.

James, Joy. Transcending the Talented Tenth: Black Leaders and American Intellectuals. New York: Routledge, 1997.


The world map behind me represents my continuing desire to travel, to share, to learn different ways.

High school traveling, my U.S. Navy service, and now academic conferences and presentations solidify and situate my worldview.


This page last updated 2022
by Charlene Tha Queen
for Blak Kat Productions.
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