Research, teaching & consulting interests

  • Coding verbal data
  • Faculty development
  • Advancement of women in the professoriate
  • Proposal writing
  • Career retreat workshops for assistant professors, associate professors, and those preparing for sabbatical

Geisler's research program

Cheryl Geisler is an internationally recognized expert on coding verbal data. Her article on Coding for Language Complexity was the lead article in the April 2018 issue of Written Communication and she edited a special section of the Journal of Writing Research on Current and Emerging Methods in the Rhetorical Analysis of Texts in 2016. With Jason Swarts, she is writing Coding Streams of Language, which will be available for download from the WAC Clearinghouse and through a YouTube channel in the spring of 2019.

Geisler has also been recognized for her work on faculty advancement. In 2014, Rhetoric Society of America created the Cheryl Geisler Mentorship Award in recognition of 10 years of work on Career Retreats for Associate Professors. Her work with Deborah Kaminski on faculty retention in science and engineering was published in Science in 2012.

In 2019, Geisler was elevated to the rank of Fellow by the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing for "rigorous work has consistently served as a benchmark" (

To see my complete publications, please check out my Google Scholar page.

Recent publications

  • Coding Steams of Language: Systematic Coding of Text, Talk and Other Verbal Data. Cheryl Geisler and Jason Swarts. To be published by the WAC Clearinghouse in 2019.
  • Coding for Language Complexity: The Interplay among methodological commitments, tools, and workflow in writing research. Written Communication, April, 2018, 35, 215-249.
  • Analyzing Activity for Experience Design. Cheryl Geisler.  In L. Potts and M. Salvo (Eds), Rhetoric and Experience Architecture.  Taylor & Francis/Routledge, 2017.
  • Toward an Integrated Approach.  Cheryl Geisler.  In Special Section on Current and Emerging Methods in the Rhetorical Analysis of Texts.  Journal of Writing Research 7(3), 2016, 417-424 and 511-526.
  • Survival Analysis of Faculty Retention in Science and Engineering by Gender.  Deborah Kamniski and Cheryl Geisler. Science 17, February 2012: 864-866. 


  • PhD, Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University
  • M.S., Reading, Western Illinois University
  • B.A., English, Carleton College

Current & upcoming courses

This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.