Kirk St. Amant

Title: Professor
Office: OCB G315
Phone: 252-737-2540
E-Mail: stamantk@ecu.edu


Kirk St. Amant is a Professor of Technical and Professional Communication and of International Studies at East Carolina University. His research focuses on international and intercultural communication as it relates to online media and includes international virtual workplaces, international outsourcing/offshoring, and the effects of globalization on online education. He has worked on international projects for companies such as Medtronic, VERITAS Software, the Braun Corporation, and Unisys, and for the non-profit organizations the Humanitarian Demining Information Center (HDIC) and the Consortium for the Enhancement of Ukrainian Management Education (CEUME). Kirk is a senior member and an Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), and serves on the editorial board for the STC journal Technical Communication. He is also the Associate Editor for Cases in Communication for the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication – the journal of the IEEE Professional Communication Society and is a recipient of the Society's Emily K. Schlesinger Award for Distinguished Service to the Professional Communication Society and its Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication Education.


B.A. Bowdoin College
M.A. James Madison University
Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Research Interests

Intercultural and international communication
Online education in global environments
Globalization and offshoring/international outsourcing
Rhetoric of economics in global contexts

Courses Taught

INTL 6500: International Problem Solving and Decision Making
ENGL 8780: Theory of Professional Communication
ENGL 7785: History of Professional Communication
ENGL 7780: Theory of Professional Communication
ENGL 7765: Intercultural Technical Communication
ENGL 7730: Issues in Technical and Professional Communication
ENGL 7710: Professional Communication
ENGL 7705: Ethics in Technical and Professional Communication
ENGL 5780: Advanced Writing for Business and Industry
ENGL 3870: Introduction to Editing and Abstracting
ENGL 3040: Introduction to Technical Writing

Selected Publications and Presentations


St.Amant, K. & Kelsey, S. (Eds.) (2012). Computer-mediated communication across cultures: International interactions in online environments.Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

St.Amant, K. & Sapienza, F. (Eds.). (2011). Culture, communication, and cyberspace: Rethinking technical communication for international online environments. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Company.

St.Amant, K. & Olaniran, B. (Eds.) (2011). Globalization and the digital divide. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press.

Thatcher, B. & St.Amant, K. (Eds.). (2011). Teaching intercultural rhetoric and technical communication: Theories, curriculum, pedagogies, and practices. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Company.

Guest-Edited Journal Issues

St.Amant, K. & Ballentine, B. (Eds.). (2011). Special Issue on Open Source Software and Technical Communication: Global Implications and Local Practices.Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 54(4).

St.Amant, K. & Rife, M. C. (Aug. 2010). Special Issue on Legal Issues in Global Contexts: Technical Communication, 57 (3).

St.Amant, K. & Ulijn, J. M. (Sept. 2009). Special Issue on Examining the Information Economy. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 52(3).


Bridgeford, T. & St.Amant, K. (2012). The enterprise of brokering: Program administrators as brokers. Programmatic Perspectives, 4, 255-268.

Zhu, P., & St.Amant, K. (2010). An application of Robert Gagne's nine events of instruction to the teaching of website localization.Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 40, 337-362.

St.Amant, K. & Cunningham, R. (2009). Examining open source software in offshoring contexts: A perspective on adding value in an age of globalization. Technical Communication, 56, 361-369.

McCool, M. & St.Amant, K. (2009). Field dependence and classification: Implications for global information systems. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 60, 1258-1266.