My name is Dan Richards and I’m an Assistant Professor of English (Technical and Professional Writing) at Old Dominion University. I teach undergraduate courses in rhetorical theory, technical writing, and digital rhetoric and graduate courses in technical and professional writing theory and pedagogy.

As a faculty member in one of only two online Ph.D. programs in English in the United States, I value distance education; many of my courses are taught in both online synchronous and asynchronous environments. I received my M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Windsor (Canada), and from there I received my Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition, with a focus in professional and technical communication from the University of South Florida.

Currently, my research focuses on rhetorical theory, visual risk communication, and usability. Please feel free to explore my teaching materials and CV on this site. If you have any questions or wish to chat about my research, teaching, Writing Commons, or hockey, email me at


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