Dr. Deanna P. Dannels (University of Utah, 1999) is Professor of Communication, Director of Graduate Programs, and Director of Graduate Teaching Assistant Development in the Department of Communication at North Carolina State University. Her current research explores theoretical and curricular protocols for designing, implementing,and assessing oral communication within the disciplines. She has published widely in areas of teaching and learning, design and engineering education, business and technical communication, and oral communication genres. Her primary theoretical writing focuses on the distinct nature of oral genre learning—specifically, her contributions include the “communication in the disciplines” and “relational genre knowledge” frameworks for oral communication across the curriculum.
Dr. Dannels is also the Associate Director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program at NC State, which is engaged in a campus-wide, outcome-driven effort to provide students with writing and speaking experiences that improve competence in professional, academic, and civic contexts. Her cross-curricular work includes experience with faculty development, TA training, curricular revision, undergraduate consulting and instructional design. In her work with the Campus Writing and Speaking Program, Dr. Dannels has designed and facilitated several campus-wide and department-specific workshops. Dr. Dannels is consistently sought after as a workshop facilitator and conference presenter, specifically for her focus on incorporating oral communication in technical disciplines such as science, math, design, and engineering.
Dr. Dannels has won a number of different teaching and research awards. Most recently, she was a NCSU university-wide recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award and the 2009 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English Best Article on Pedagogy or Curriculum in Technical or Scientific Communication. Her book, Eight Essential Questions Teachers Ask: A Guidebook for Communicating with Students will be out January 2014.
Dr. Deanna P. Dannels