Julie Gerdes

Assistant Professor
Virginia Tech
Julie Gerdes

Julie Gerdes is an assistant professor of technical and professional writing and rhetoric at Virginia Tech. She works at the intersection of technical communication and global public health, and she teaches courses in professional and technical writing and in qualitative research methods. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on inclusive risk communication, particularly during outbreaks of infectious disease. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Dr. Gerdes spent five years working as an advisor on global health programs for the federal government. She holds a PhD in technical communication and rhetoric from Texas Tech University, a master of arts in rhetoric and composition from the University of South Florida, and a bachelor of arts in English and Spanish from Clemson University. She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and has taught English as a Second Language in Namibia and in adult literacy programs in the United States.

  1. Professional and Technical Communication: An Overview

    Dear Reader,Professional and Technical Communication, the academic discipline, has evolved somewhat since the essay below was published in 2014. For a more update view of the field, see Professional & Technical Communication: An Introduction to Workplace Writing. Learning Outcomes: distinguish between technical and professional communication and writing understand the role of a technical communicator know how ethics, collaboration, context awareness,...

    Published on Sep 04th 2014

  2. Workplace Writing

    What is Workplace Writing? Workplace writing may refer to communication that accomplishes job-related tasks an academic discipline concerned with the study of writing in workplace contexts. Synonyms Workplace Writing may also be referred to as Business Writing, Professional Writing, Technical Writing, Writing for Engineers, Writing in the Health Sciences Related Concepts: Community of Practice (Discourse Community); Persona; Professionalism; Rhetorical Reasoning;...

    Published on Jun 04th 2021