Joy McMurrin

Joy Cooney

Joy McMurrin Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Joy grew up in northern Utah and earned her associates degree at Dixie College in 1995. She then went on to earn a BS in Communication from Southern Utah University, a graduate certificate in Professional Writing and an MA in English from Northern Arizona University. She earned her PhD in Technical Communication & Rhetoric at Texas Tech University. Her dissertation is on how low-income consumers use and understand nutrition information to make food-buying decisions. She is particularly interested in power structures that influence literacy practices. She has been teaching at DSU since 2007.


PhD Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Texas Tech University, 2016
Graduate Professional Writing Certificate—Northern Arizona University 2010
M.A. in English, With Distinction—Northern Arizona University 2010
B.S. in Communication, Journalism emphasis—Southern Utah University 2006