Julie Watts

Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Founding Director, Master of Science, Technical and Professional Communication (MSTPC)
English and Philosophy Department
College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 340K Harvey Hall
Phone: 715-232-5375
Email: wattsj@uwstout.edu


    • Ph D Rhetoric and Professional Communication
      Iowa State University
      Ames, IA, United States, 2003

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Department of English and Philosophy
        August 2015 -
      • Master of Science, Technical and Professional Communication (MSTPC)
        Founding Director
        August 2008 -
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS)
        Associate Dean
        August 2010 - January 2016
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Department of English and Philosophy
        Associate Professor (Tenured)
        August 2009 - 2015
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Department of English and Philosophy
        Assistant Professor
        August 2004 - 2009

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • Spartz, J. M., & Watts, J. (2016). Towards a Participatory Action Research Model for Extending Programmatic Assessment with Industry Advisory Boards. . In [Special Issue] Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch & Victoria Sadler (Ed.). Programmatic Perspectives.
    • Livesey, M., & Watts, J. (2015). Embracing the Humanities: Expanding a Technical Communication Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. IN Giberson, G. A., Nugent, J., & Ostergaard, L. (Eds.), Undergraduate Writing Majors: Nineteen Program Profiles, Utah State University Press.
    • Watts, J. (2013). Why Hyperbonding Occurs in the Learning Community Classroom and What To Do About It. Learning Communities Research and Practice, 1(3), Article 4.
    • Watts, J., & Burnett, R. E. (2012). Pairing Courses across the Disciplines: Effects on Writing Performance. Written Communication, 29(2), 208-235.
    • Driskill, L., & Watts, J. (2010). Integrating Experts and Non-Experts in Mathematical Sciences Research Teams: A Qualitative Approach. IN Hayhoe, G., & Conklin, J. (Eds.), Qualitative Research in Technical Communication: Perspectives and Techniques, Routledge.
    • Watts, J. (2008). Involving Industry in a Communication-intensive Learning Community: The Benefits and Challenges for Students. Journal of Learning Community Research.

    Conference Proceeding

    • Watts, J. (2010). Infusing Ethics into a New Master of Science Program Curriculum. Proceedings of the 2010 Technical Communication Summit.



    • Watts, J. (March, 2015). Using a Community of Inquiry Framework to show the Value of Online Graduate Education in Technical and Professional Communication. Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, Tampa, FL, United States.
    • Watts, J. (September, 2014). Connecting with students in context: Developing and sustaining an online master’s program. Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Colorado Springs, CO, United States.


    • Watts, J. (March, 2015). Risks and Rewards in Writing Majors: A Roundtable Discussion. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL, United States.



      UW Stout

      • Advisory Board Member, Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center Advisory Board (2006 - 2013)
      • Representative, Faculty Senate (2006 - 2009)
      • Advisory Board Member, Learning Community Advisory Board (2006 - 2009)


    • Member, Editorial Review Board, Learning Communities Research and Practice (2015 - Present)
    • Judge, Society for Technical Communication International Summit Awards competition (2015 - Present)
    • Committee Member, Society for Technical Communication (2006 - Present)
    • Committee Member, National College Teachers of English Committee on Technical & Scientific Communication (2005 - 2008)
    • Assistant to the Sponsorship Chair, Association for Teachers of Technical Writing (2005 - 2006)