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Douglas Walls

Assoc Professor

Director of the MS in Technical Communication program

Department of English

Tompkins Hall 122

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Douglas M. Walls (like the Walls in a room) is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at NC State University. He is director of the Masters of Science in Technical Communication program and core faculty member of the Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media (CRDM) Ph.D. program.

His research interests are in digital rhetorics and User Experience (UX), Information Architecture (IA), and Experience Architecture (XA) for marginalized or under served communities. My current research interests lie in inclusive design for marginalized communities in public health care information and community outreach.

His work has appeared in both traditional and new media forms in Computers and Composition, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and The Journal of Business and Technical Communication. He is the co-editor of Social Writing/Social Media: Publics, Presentations, and Pedagogies by the WAC Clearinghouse at Colorado State. His article “Access(ing) the Coordination of Writing Networks,” (2015) received Honorable Recognition for the 2016 Ellen Nold Award for the Best Article in Computers and Composition Studies while his article “The Professional Work of ‘Unprofessional’ Tweets: Microblogging Career Situations in African American Hush Harbors,” (2017) was nominated for College Composition and Communication Conference’s Best Article Reporting Qualitative or Quantitative Research in Technical or Scientific Communication for 2018. He has reviewed for numerous publications in his field, was the program conference chair for ACM/SIGDOC 2016 and currently serves as on the Review Board of The WAC Journal (Writing Across the Curriculum).

He is an enthusiast of autumn, wrist watches of all kinds, and his dog.


B.A. Theatre and Communication University of Nevada 1999

M.A. Speech/Communication University of Nevada 2002

M.A. English University of Nevada 2006

Ph.D. Rhetoric and Writing Michigan State University 2011

Area(s) of Expertise

* Technical Communication
* Digital rhetorics
* User Experience (UX)
* Information Architecture (IA)
* Experience Architecture (XA)
* Participatory design (PAR)


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