In addition to Business & Technical Writing, Zachariah McVicker has taught courses in the Creative Writing and Rhetoric & Research Programs at the University of Illinois. He was awarded the English Department’s Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2022. During his time at the University, he taught BTW 263: Writing a Web Presence (now BTW 285), working with students to develop an analytical and professional engagement with online platforms and content beyond LinkedIn and printable resumes. As online audience members and online authors, students consider both content and medium when engaging with and developing their own online presences. He also taught ENGL199: Writing to Get That Job (soon to be BTW 279) and assisted in revisions to course design. Previously, he worked with a team of BTW instructors to develop the current curriculum of BTW 250: Principles of Business Communication, along with revisions to the BTW Instructional Wiki while teaching BTW 250.
His research interests include considerations of interpassive and interactive media experiences, uncoupling content from structure across mediums, and genre concerns that connect contemporary narrative poetry and lyrical nonfiction. His own creative writing attempts a more civic poetry, and a more personal prose, often about raising two young children between digital and natural landscapes