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Michael Alley

Teaching Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • The Leonhard Center
  • Mechanical Engineering

201 Hammond Building

mpa13@psu.edu

814-867-0251

Personal or Departmental Website

Interest Areas:

Scientific writing and presentations.

 
 

 

Education

  • BS, Engineering Physics, Texas Tech University, 1979
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Texas Tech University, 1982
  • MFA, Writing, University of Alabama, 1987

Publications

Books

  • Lauren Murphy and Michael P Alley, 2022, The Craft of Scientific Film, Springer Verlag, New York, United States, pp. 150
  • Michael P Alley, 2018, The Craft of Scientific Writing, Springer-Verlag New York, New York, NY, USA
  • Michael P Alley, 2013, The Craft of Scientific Presentations, Springer-Verlag, New York, NY, USA, pp. 286
  • Michael P Alley, 2001, The Craft of Scientific Editing, Springer-Verlag, New York, NY, United States

Journal Articles

  • Joanna K Garner and Michael P Alley, 2016, "Slide structure can influence the presenter's understanding of the presentation's content", International Journal of Engineering Education, 32, (1A), pp. 15
  • J K Garner and Michael P Alley, 2013, "How the design of presentation slides affects audience comprehension: A case for the assertion-evidence approach", 26 (6), pp. 1564-1579
  • J K Garner and Michael P Alley, 2011, "PowerPoint in the psychology classroom: Lessons from multimedia research", Psychology Learning & Teaching, 10 (2), pp. 95-106
  • K A Neeley, Michael P Alley, C Nicometo and L Srajek, 2009, "Assertion-evidence structure of presentation slides: Acceptance and resistance", Technical Communication, 56 (4), pp. 346-360
  • J K Garner, Michael P Alley, A Gaudelli and S Zappe, 2009, "Common use of PowerPoint versus assertion-evidence structure: A cognitive psychology perspective", Technical Communication, 56 (4), pp. 331-345
  • Michael P Alley, M M Schreiber, E Diesel, K Ramsdell and M Borrego, 2007, "Increased student learning and attendance in resources geology through the combination of sentence-headline slides and active learning measures", Journal of Geoscience Education, 55 (1), pp. 83-89
  • Michael P Alley, M M Schreiber, K Ramsdell and J Muffo, 2006, "How the design of headlines in presentation slides affects audience retention", Technical Communication, 53 (2), pp. 225-234
  • Michael P Alley and K A Neeley, 2005, "Rethinking the design of presentation slides: A case for sentence headlines and visual evidence", Technical Communication, 52, (4), pp. 417-426

Conference Proceedings

Other

  • Michael P Alley, 2019, "Tutorial: Writing Reports in Engineering and Science"
  • Michael P Alley, 2019, "Tutorial: Job Email and Cover Letter"

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • Lecturer in Distinguished Lecture Series of the National Science Foundation, Engineering Directorate, Washington, D.C., 2011
  • Keynote Speaker, Confex Norge AS Conference on Science and Media, Oslo, Norway, 2011
  • Nomination for Best Paper Award at National ASEE Conference, Liberal Education Division, 2005
  • Dean's Teaching Award, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2005
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Engineering Professional Development, University of Wisconsin, 1996
  • Teaching Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Texas, 1990

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Co-Advisor, Faculty Co-Adviser for SWE, Society of Women Engineers, January 2015
  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Advisor, Faculty Advisor, Leonhard Center Speaking Contest, 2013
  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Advisor, Faculty Advisor, Utree: Undergraduate Teaching and Research Experiences in Engineering, 2011

Service to External Organizations:

  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Coordinator, Engineering Ambassadors Network, 2016 - 2018
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Chairperson, Division Chair of LEES: Liberal Education/Engineering and Society, ASEE, 2013
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Chairperson, Division Chair of LEES: Liberal Education/Engineering and Society, ASEE, 2011