Josephine Walwema

Josephine Walwema

Josephine Walwema

Associate Professor
Office: 307 O'Dowd Hall
Phone: 248-370-4136
Fax: 248-370-2748


Josephine Walwema is an associate professor. Her research and teaching interests include technical, professional, and business communication; technical communication and the Global South; intercultural technical communication; rhetoric and scientific communication, and issues in social justice. Her research in technical and professional communication has been published in journals such as Technical Communication QuarterlyTechnical CommunicationConnexions, and IEEE. She is a graduate of Clemson University's RCID program and a recipient of the 2017 Nell Ann Pickett Award for best article in Technical Communication Quarterly. She serves as an ATTW 2019 Graduate Research Award Committee member, and at Oakland, she is co-chair of the university's Academic Conduct Committee 


Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Communication and Information Design. Clemson University (2011).
M.A. in Writing and Rhetoric. University of New Mexico.
M.Ed. in Teaching, Language, and Literature. Makerere University.
B.A. in English Language and Literature. Makerere University.


WRT 2080 Introduction to Professional Writing
WRT 3060 Global Rhetorics
WRT 3081 Science Writing
WRT 3082 Business Writing
WRT 4908 Special Topics in Professional Writing

Selected Publications

Walwema, J. (forthcoming). A Values-Driven approach to technical communication. Technical Communication.

Walwema, J. (2018). Transliteracies in Intercultural Professional Communication. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 61(3): 330-345. doi: 10.1109/TPC.2018.2834758

Walwema, J. (2018). Digital notebooks as collaborative composing spaces. In R. Rice, & K. St.Amant (Eds.), Thinking Globally, Composing Locally: Rethinking Online Writing in the Age of the Global Internet, Utah State University Press.

Walwema, J. (2018). Exploratory discourse: A rhetorical frame for social media as emerging practice in business and professional communication. Connexions: International Professional Communication Journal, 5(1).

Walwema, J., Holmes, S.K., & Colton, J. (2017). From NoobGuides to #OpKKK: Ethics of anonymous’ tactical technical communication. Technical Communication Quarterly, 26(1), 59-75.