Alan D. Manning

Professor, Linguistics

4053 JFSB


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Teaching Experience

Students (and teachers) need
an open mind,
a humble heart,
the courage to work,
long practice with analysis options and tests,
and expectation of success, but only after many failures.


  • testable theories of language form and meaning
  • information design and optimization
  • writing/editing skill development
  • story structure

Selected Publications

  • “Bad News First:  How Optimal Directness Depends on What is Negated.”
    IEEE Professional Communication Conference Proceedings, 2017, Piscataway, NJ: IEEE. (with Nicole Amare) pp. 1-10, DOI: 10.1109/IPCC.2017.80139559
  • “The Mormon Entombed in Mark Twain’s Heart: Ina Coolbrith and Samuel Clemens Revisited” The Mark Twain Journal, Spring/Fall 2017 (with Nicole Amare), vol. 55, no. 1-2, pp. 159-192.
  • A Unified Theory of Information Design: Visuals, Text, and Ethics (co-author with Nicole Amare), Baywood Press. 2013.
  • Revising Professional Writing in Science and Technology, Business and the Social Sciences (with Frank Parker, Kathy Riley, and Kim Campbell. Superior, WI: Parlay Press, 2011.
  • Supposition Error: a Novel, Superior, WI: Parlay Press, 1996.


I helped develop and implement the Editing minor (2003-present) & Editing & Publishing major (2017-present) as applied linguistics programs.
Student and community needs should outweigh the inertia of institutional prerogatives, habits, and precedents.

Citizenship assignments

  • 2010-2020: Editing Program Area Coordinator
  • 2006-present: Advisor, The Leading Edge
    (student-run, internationally contributed, nationally-distributed publication
  • 1992-2014: Scoring consultant/team leader/reader, Educational Testing Service.