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Department of English
PhD in Technical and Professional Discourse

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William Clifton [Cliff] Nelson, PhD Student


Academic Information


BA: English, East Carolina University
MA: Journalism, UNC-Chapel Hill

Research Interests

1. Message design and public policy: how to elicit desired public behaviors via messaging

2. Public warning dissemination: on the design and targeting of official public-safety warnings


Brent Henze

Classes Taught

1. Editing

Conference Presentations & Publications

Career Goal Statement 

Tenure-track position on a research campus.


Personal Information

Personal Hobbies/Interests

1. meteorology [forecasting, storm chasing]

2. radio-control model helicopters

3. collecting vintage, gourmet pipe tobaccos

4. political writing

5. regional music

Reasons Why I Chose PhD Program at ECU

The PhD in Technical and Professional Discourse is a flexible enough program to allow me to dovetail English studies with public-policy and dissemination research.