Professor; Associate Dean CHaSS (she/her/hers)
Social justice, human rights, qualitative methods for cross-cultural research
Rebecca Walton is a professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric, an associate dean in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah State University, and the editor of the journal Technical Communication Quarterly. Walton researches how people intervene for justice in their workplaces. Her co-authored scholarship has won multiple national awards, including awards for best book, best theory article, and best empirical research article. One of her favorite parts of her job is mentoring graduate students, and she is passionate about making graduate education more inclusive, learning from the experiences and expertise of her students, and helping students reach their professional goals. She teaches graduate courses including Introduction to Technical Communication (ENGL 6410/7410) and Empirical Research Methods (ENGL 7000). Walton is a “methods nerd” and often serves as the research methods mentor when serving on student committees. Walton worked as a technical writer before coming to academia, and she often draws upon her industry experience in teaching undergraduate courses. Walton teaches Document Design and Graphics (ENGL 4410) and Workplace Research (ENGL 3450) at the undergraduate level.
Alexander, J-J., & Walton, R. (2022). Relational recruiting: Using Black feminist theory to inform graduate recruiting strategies. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 65(1), 164-178, https://doi.org/10.1109/TPC.2021.3137571
Itchuaqiyaq, C. U., & Walton, R. (2021). Reviewer as activist: Understanding academic review through Conocimineto. Rhetoric Review, 40(4), 378-394, https://doi.org/10.1080/07350198.2021.1963040
Walton, R., Moore, K. R., & Jones, N. N. (2019). Technical communication after the social justice turn: Building coalitions for action. New York: Routledge.