Julie Watts is professor of English in the English and Philosophy Department and was the founding director of the M.S. Technical and Professional Communication program for 12 years. She served as the associate dean for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UW-Stout from August 2010 to January 2016.

Julie completed her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication in 2003 from Iowa State University in Ames. She completed an M.A. in English from the University of Oklahoma at Norman and a B.A. in English from Northern Michigan University at Marquette. Prior to coming to UW-Stout, she held a post-doc instructor position for two years with the Cain Project in Engineering and Professional Communication at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Julie’s research interests focus on program assessment and the scholarship of teaching and learning, especially the communicative dynamics and culture of the classroom learning community and what instructors can do to facilitate student learning. Her article about assessing the value of online graduate programs published in the Journal of Business and Technical Communication won the 2019 CCCC Best Article on Pedagogy or Curriculum in Technical and Scientific Communication. She has been awarded a sabbatical for the 2020-2021 academic year to conduct research about Genevieve Gillette, a pioneering conservationist and adept rhetorician, who fought to preserve Michigan’s public lands for over five decades.