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Donna Kain

Office: Bate 2110
Phone: 252-737-2705

Donna Kain joined the ECU faculty in the fall of 2004. She has taught 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 includes risk communication and natural hazards including severe weather 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 currently editor of Technical Communication Quarterly, the journal of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing. Dr. Kain is also affiliate faculty for the Center for Natural Hazards Research and the Center for Sustainable Tourism. 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.

B.A. University of Central Florida
M.A. Northeast Missouri State University
Ph.D. Iowa State University

Primary Areas of Research/Teaching
Rhetoric and Public Policy
Writing and Designing for Electronic Communication
Discourse and Qualitative Research Methods
Organizational Communication
Genre and Activity

Courses Taught include:

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 Writing ENGL 3880: Writing for Business & Industry
ENGL 3870: Introduction to Editing and Abstracting WOST 4200/6100: Feminist Theory
WOST 4200/6100: Feminist Theory

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