Title: Associate Professor
Office: Bate 2110
Donna Kain joined the ECU faculty in the
fall of 2004. She teaches courses in rhetoric, technical communication, writing
for business and industry, discourse analysis, visual discourse, theory and
practice of new media, risk communication, editing, and editing as management.
Her research focuses on risk communication and natural hazards including severe
weather, climate change, and sea level rise; the rhetoric and instrumental
discourse of the Americans with Disabilities Act and related public policies; information
technology applications for the classroom, and the uses of genres in
professional settings. Dr. Kain is editor of Technical Communication Quarterly, the journal of the Association
of Teachers of Technical Writing. She is also Assistant Director of the Center
for Natural Hazards. Dr. Kain currently serves as Secretary of the faculty
Senate. Related positions have included Director of Outreach and Communication
for the ECU Renci Engagement Center; senior staff analyst for Compuware
Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and technical writer/editor for Engineering
Animation Inc., Ames, Iowa.
B.A. University of Central Florida
M.A. Northeast Missouri State University
Ph.D. Iowa State University
Rhetoric and Public Policy New Media
Communicating Complex Data
Genre and Activity
ENGL 8780: Seminar in Professional Communication
ENGL 7766: Seminar: Theory and Practice of New Media
ENGL 7721: Editing and Management
ENGL 7605: Discourse Analysis
ENGL 6721: Copyediting for Professional Communicators
ENGL 4885: Digital WritingWOST 4200/6100: Feminist Theory ENGL 3880: Writing for Business & Industry
ENGL 3870: Introduction to Editing and Abstracting
D. J. (2017). Communicating Values, Benefits, and Impacts. GEOValue: From data
to decisions. In J. Kruse, J., Crompvoets, & F. Pearlman (Eds.), GEOValue: The Socioeconomic Value of
Geospatial Information. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis. (Forthcoming)
Kain, D. J. (2016). Approaching
Genre through Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA).
Presentation. The Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing
(CASDW), Calgary, Canada. May 30.
Kain, D. J. (2016). Communicating the results of socio-economic
assessments. Presentation. Data to
decisions: Valuing the social benefits of geospatial information. Organisation
de coopération et de développement économiques, OCDE, Paris, France. March
Kain, D. J. & Wardle, E. (2016). Activity Theory: An
Introduction for the Writing Classroom. In D. Downs & E. Wardle (Eds.), Writing about Writing: A College Reader,
Third Edition. Bedford/St. Martin's.
Covi, Michelle, Donna Kain. (2015).
Sea-Level Rise Risk Communication: Public Understanding, Risk Perception and
Attitudes about Information. Environmental
Kain, Donna J and Michelle Covi. (2013).
Visualizing Complexity and Uncertainty about Climate Change and Sea Level Rise.
Communication Design Quarterly. 1.3:
Kain, Donna J., Catherine F. Smith,
and Menno T. De Jong. (2010). Information Usability Testing as Audience and
Context Analysis for Risk Communication.
In Usability of Complex
Information Systems: Evaluation of User Interaction. Eds. Michael Albers
and Brian Still. New York: CRC Press (Taylor and Francis).
Smith, Catherine F., Donna J. Kain. (2010).
Making Sense of Hurricanes: Public Discourse and Perceived Risk of Extreme
Weather. Critical Approaches to Discourse
Analysis across Disciplines 4.2: 180-196.
Risk Communication website