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Julie Homchick, a newly appointed lecturer in the Department of Communication, is a rhetorical critic and interdisciplinary scholar. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2009, where she focused on rhetorical studies and the history of science. During her time there, she was a fellow with the Simpson Center for the Humanities’ Science Studies Network, a fellow with the Institute on Public Humanities, and served as the Lead TA for the Department of Communication.
Since her graduation, Julie has held appointments at Dartmouth College, Western Washington University, and the University of Puget Sound and has taught courses in rhetorical criticism and theory, argumentation, persuasion, public speaking (basic and advanced), environmental communication, public health communication, interviewing, professional communication, communication theory, history of science, and history of technology. In 2012, WWU’s Department of Communication awarded her with the Scott Silver Communication Educator of the Year Award. Julie’s research focuses on scientific discourse and the public understanding of scientific controversies. She has presented her research for regional, national and international organizations and has published work in POROI: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Rhetorical Analysis and Invention, Science and Education, Keywords and Controversies in the Rhetoric of Science and Technology, and other outlets. She has also received grant awards from the Rhetoric Society of America, the National Science Foundation, the University of Washington, and Arizona State University. Julie strongly values public outreach in her teaching and research, which is evidenced by her participation in the Problem-Based Service Learning conference at Middlebury College, her mentoring of public school science teachers in the “Teachers as Scholars” seminar at the UW, and her work as a consultant for the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Project 2061 for science literacy. Outside of work, Julie enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.