Julie Watts

Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Reviewer, Technical Communication Quarterly
Reviewer, Oxford University Press
Associate Dean, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Founding Director, University of Wisconsin-Stout
English and Philosophy Department
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 310 Callahan Hall
Phone: 715-232-5375
Email: wattsj@uwstout.edu

Education

    • 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
        Professor
        August 2015 -
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS)
        Associate Dean
        August 2010 -
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Master of Science, Technical and Professional Communication (MSTPC)
        Founding Director
        August 2008 -
      • 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
      • Rice University, The Cain Project in Engineering and Professional Communication
        Post-doc Instructor
        January 2002 - June 2004
      • Iowa State University, Assessing Agronomy/English Learning Communities
        Research Assistant
        1998 - 2002
      • Iowa State University, ISUComm Assessment Committee
        Research Assistant
        2000
      • Iowa State University, The Study of Science, Technology, and Society
        Research Assistant
        July 1997 - December 1997
      • University of Oklahoma
        Assistant to the Director of First Year Composition, David Mair
        1996 - 1997

    Industry

      • Technical Communication Quarterly
        Reviewer
        2014 -
      • Oxford University Press
        Reviewer
        2011 -
      • Technical Report Writing Today
        Peer Reviewer
        2012
      • UW-Stout
        Reviewer
        2011 - 2012
      • Rice University
        Research Consultant
        June 15, 2008 - June 30, 2008
      • book manuscript, River of Hope: My Journey with Kathy in Search of Healing from Lou Gehrig’s Disease by David Tank
        Peer Reviewer
        2007
      • Prometheus
        Co-Judge
        2005
      • Rice University
        Research Consultant
        June 1, 2005 - June 16, 2005
      • Research in the Teaching of English
        Graduate Student Reviewer
        2002 - 2003
      • Oxford University Press
        Reviewer
        June 2002

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • Livesey, M., Watts, J., Giberson, G. A., Nugent, J., & Ostergaard, L. (2015). Embracing the Humanities: Expanding a Technical Communication Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. 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., Hayhoe, G., & Conklin, J. (2010). Integrating Experts and Non-Experts in Mathematical Sciences Research Teams: A Qualitative Approach. 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.
    • Zeleznik, J., Burnett, R., Polito, T., Roberts, D., Schafer, J., & Anson, C. (2001). Managing Disciplinary Difference. Writing, Making, Learning: Cross-curricular Scenes for Reflection and Faculty Development, Oxford University Press.
    • Zeleznik, J., Burnett, R., Polito, T., Roberts, D., Schafer, J., & Anson, C. (2001). Ranks, Roles, and Responsibilities: Crossing the Fine Lines in Cross-Disciplinary Mentorship. Writing, Making, Learning: Cross-curricular Scenes for Reflection and Faculty Development, Oxford University Press.

    Conference Proceeding

    • Watts, J. (2010). Infusing Ethics into a New Master of Science Program Curriculum. .

    Book, Chapter

    • Watts, J., Starke-Meyerring, D., & Hill Duin, A. (2008). . Designing Globally Networked Learning Environments , Sense Publications.

    Educational Material

    • Burnett, R., & Zeleznik, J. (2001). Teaching Technical Communication: An Instructor’s Resource Manual for Technical Communication (Educational Material). (5th), Dallas/Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt.

    Newsletter Article

    • Watts, J. (2000). Developing a First-Year Learning Community (Newsletter Article). , Iowa State University.
    • Watts, J. (1998). Communicating and Learning Across the Curriculum (Newsletter Article). , Iowa State University.

    Book

    • Zeleznik, J., Burnett, R., & Benson, P. (1999). Technical Writing: What It Is and How To Do It. , New York: Learning Express Publishers.

Presentations

    Uncategorized

    • Watts, J., & Schultz, D. (August 25, 2015). Tips for Producing a Well-Constructed Course. New Instructor Workshop, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • 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. (March, 2015). Risks and Rewards in Writing Majors: A Roundtable Discussion. Conference on College Composition and Communication, 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.

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research

    Grant

    • Watts, J. Online Teaching Professional Development Grant Award. Sponsored by UW-Stout, $600.00 (Funded).
    • Watts, J. Curricular Incubation Center Grant Award. Sponsored by UW-Stout, $1370.00 (Funded).
    • Watts, J. Curricular Incubation Center Grant Award. Sponsored by UW-Stout, $8000.00 (Funded).
    • Watts, J., & Driskill, L. Small Grants for Exploratory Research (SGER) #0338507. Sponsored by National Science Foundation, $41631 (Funded).
    • Watts, J. UW-Stout Center for Applied Ethics Grant Award. Sponsored by UW-Stout, $1756.00 (Funded).
    • Watts, J. Professional Development Grant Program Award. Sponsored by UW-Stout, $1047.00 (Funded).
    • Watts, J. Professional Development Grant Program Award. Sponsored by UW-Stout, $937.00 (Funded).
    • Watts, J. Professional Development Grant Program Award. Sponsored by UW-Stout, $1561.00 (Funded).
    • Watts, J. Professional Development Grant Program Award. Sponsored by UW-Stout, $1722.00 (Funded).

Service

    University

      UW Stout

      • Advisory Board Member, B.S. in Management Advisory Committee (2010 - Present)
      • Faculty Advisor, Society for Technical Communication, UW-Stout Student Chapter (2007 - Present)
      • Advisory Board Member, Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center Advisory Board (2006 - 2013)
      • Review board member, Journal of Student Research (2011)
      • Representative, Faculty Senate (2006 - 2009)
      • Advisory Board Member, Learning Community Advisory Board (2006 - 2009)
      • Committee Member, Search Committee, Graphic Communication Program, Cross-Media Graphics (2007)
      • Committee Member, Inverted Degree Committee (2005)
      • Committee Member, Learning Community/First-Year Experience Sub-Committee (2005)
      • Committee Member, Technical College Initiative Task Force / Professional Studies Committee (2004 - 2005)

    Professional

    • 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)