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I'm an American new media theorist who researches technologies including open source software and collaborative multimedia development in the context of the history of publishing.

I'm also a husband and a father of two wonderful daughters.

Contact Information

Dr. Geoffrey Sauer
Associate Professor, Iowa State University Department of English
203 Ross Hall
Ames, IA 50011-1201

Director, EServer.org
433 Ross Hall
Ames, IA 50011-1201

Director, ISU Studio for New Media
316 Ross Hall
Ames, IA 50011-1201

515-441-1461 (cell)
gsauer@iastate.edu (work)
geoff@eserver.email (personal)

Courses I Regularly Teach

  • English 549: Multimedia Design in Professional Communication
  • English 542: Production Processes for Technical Documents
  • English 529: Multimedia Content Management
  • English 507: Writing and Analyzing Professional Documents
  • English 477: Seminar in Technical Communication
  • English 411: Technology, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication
  • English 335: Studies in Film
  • English 314: Technical Communication
  • English 313: Rhetorical Website Design
  • English 302: Business Communication


  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame

Research Areas

My research focuses on the history of publishing, both from theoretical perspectives (using both cultural and rhetorical theory) and in pragmatics (typography, offset printing, online document management, new media). I am the director of both the ISU Studio for New Media and the electronic publishing project EServer.org.

About My Teaching

I teach courses about new media in workplace and technical communication, including courses in web design, content management systems, nonlinear video editing, film theory, social media, and usability.

Current Research

I am currently researching learning management systems as a form of material rhetoric, and investigating problems with contemporary theories of dialectical negotiation when applied to cloud and virtualized hosting platforms.

Outside of the University

I love to hike, bicycle and play golf. I’m working now to re-learn playing tennis without embarrassment.