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Daniel P. Richards

Daniel P. Richards


Associate Professor
English Department

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  • Articles

    Richards, D., and Jacobson, E. E. (2022). How Real Is Too Real? User-Testing the Effects of Realism as a Risk Communication Strategy in Sea Level Rise Visualizations. Technical Communication Quarterly, 31 (2), pp. 190–206.
    Amidon, T., Nielsen, A. C., Pflugfelder, E., Richards, D. P., and Stephens, S. (2021). Visual risk literacy in “Flatten the Curve” COVID-19 visualizations. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 35 (1), pp. 101–109.
    Richards, D. P., and Stephens, S. (2020). Story mapping and sea level rise: Listening to global risks at street level. Communication Design Quarterly, 8 (1), pp. 5–18.
    Richards, D. P., and Phelps, L. W. (2020). On Ideological Transparency. Pedagogy, 20 (1), pp. 3-12.
    Richards, D. P. (2019). John Dewey, nonhuman agency, and the possibility of a posthuman public. Contemporary Pragmatism, 16 (4), pp. 366–395.
    Richards, D. P. (2019). An ethic of constraint: Citizens, sea-level rise viewers, and the limits of agency. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 33 (3), pp. 292–337.
    Richards, D. P. (2018). Not a cape, but a life preserver: The importance of designer localization in interactive sea level rise viewers. Communication Design Quarterly, 6 (2), pp. 57-69.
    Richards, D. (2017). Dwelling in the Ruins of Metaphor—with Students. Composition Forum: A Journal of Pedagogical Theory in Rhetoric and Composition (37),
    Beale, M. C., McKittrick, M., and Richards, D. (2016). ‘Good’ Grief: Praxis, Subversion, and the Ethics of Griefing Guides. Technical Communication Quarterly, 25 (3), pp. 191-201.
    Richards, D. (2015). Testing the Waters: Local Users, Sea Level Rise, and the Productive Usability of Interactive Geovisualizations. Communication Design Quarterly, 3 (3), pp. 25-29.
    Richards, D. (2011). Digitizing Dewey: Blogging an Ethic of Community. Computers and Composition Online
  • Books

    Richards, D. P. (2020). On Teacher Neutrality: Politics, Praxis, and Performativity. Utah State University Press.
    Moore, K. R., and Richards, D. P. (2018). Posthuman Praxis in Technical Communication. New York:
  • Book Chapters

    Yusuf, J., Nicula, J., Richards, D., Agim, O., Covi, M., and Anuar, K. (2021). Engaging residents in policy and planning for sea level rise: Application of the Action-oriented Stakeholder Engagement for a Resilient Tomorrow (ASERT) framework.Communicating climate change: Making environmental messaging accessible (pp. 36-57). New York, NY: Routledge.
    Richards, D. P. (2019). Emergent publics, public emergencies: The importance of John Dewey in Jane Bennett’s nonhuman politics of vital materialism.Recovering overlooked pragmatists in communication: Extending the living conversation about pragmatism and rhetoric (pp. 197–222). Palgrave Macmillan.
    Richards, D. (2017). Reconstituting Causality: Accident Reports as Posthuman Documentation.Hot Topics: Common Topics of Environmental Rhetoric. Routledge Studies in Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Culture.
    Richards, D. (2015). The (Re)Naturalization of Margaret Cavendish: Making Active the Relationship between Nature and Female Subjectivity in "Blazing World".Spectacle, Sex, and Property in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture. New York: AMS Press, Inc..
  • Conference Proceeding

    Richards, D., Whytlaw, J., Allen, T., Miles, J. J., Mcleod, G., and Cronin, J. J. (2021). User experience design as a framework for political negotiation in environmental decision making about wind energy. In Halcyon Lawrence and Liz Lane (Ed.) ,The 39th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication (SIGDOC ’21) (pp. 231–239). New York, NY: ACM SIGDOC. doi:10.1145/3472714.3473646
    Richards, D. P. (2020). Facilitating flood fluency: The design and utility of a flood risk calculator based on FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program. ,Proceedings of the 38th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication. ACM SIGDOC. doi:DOI: 10.1145/3380851.3416775
    Richards, D., Jovanovic, V., Popescu, O., McKittrick, M., Tombolato-Terzic, D., Pazos-Lago, M., and Romberger-Depew, J. E. (2017). Developing a Faculty Learning Community to Support Writing Across Different STEM DisciplinesThe Challenges of Exploring Local Place as a Context of Use in the Study of Interactive Risk Visualizations. ,Proceedings of 124th American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition. Columbus, OH:
    Richards, D. (2017). The Challenges of Exploring Local Place as a Context of Use in the Study of Interactive Risk Visualizations. ,SIGDOC ’17: The 35th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication Proceedings. New York: ACM.
    Richards, D. P. (2017). The challenges of exploring local place as a context of use in the study of interactive risk visualizations. ,Proceedings of the 35th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication (pp. 1-7). ACM SIGDOC. doi:DOI: 10.1145/3121113.3121208
    Richards, D. (2016). Helping Local Residents Make Informed Decisions with Interactive Risk Visualization Tools. ,SIGDOC ’16: The 34th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication Proceedings. New York: ACM.
    Richards, D., Jovanovic, V., McKittrick, M., Pazos-Lago, M., and Romberger, J. (2015). Comparatively Mapping Genres in Academic and Workplace Engineering Environments. ,Proceedings of 122nd American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition. Seattle, WA:
  • 2020: University Doctoral Mentoring Award for the College of Arts & Letters, The Graduate School at Old Dominion University
  • 2017: Teaching with Technology Award, University Outstanding Faculty Awards Committee, in association with the Office of Distance Learning and ITS
  • 2016: Shining Star Award for Outstanding Teaching, Student Engagement and Enrollment Services, Old Dominion University
  • 2015: Shining Star Award for Outstanding Teaching, Student Engagement and Enrollment Services, Old Dominion University
  • 2014: Honourable Mention, Best Dissertation in Rhetoric, Writing Studies, or Discourse Studies Category, Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW)
  • 2014: Shining Star Award for Outstanding Teaching, Student Engagement and Enrollment Services, Old Dominion University
  • 2013: Dorothy Newman Linton Award for Academic Promise, Department of English at the University of South Florida
  • 2013: Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence at the University of South Florida
  • 2012: Alma Bryant Award for Outstanding Graduate Student, Department of English at the University of South Florida
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Nunnery, J. A.; Allen, T.; Whytlaw, J.; Richards, D. P.; Mcleod, G. "Virginia Wind Energy Siting Solution" $775,000. Federal. August 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021
    Richards, D.; Knowles, T. "User Experience, Residents, and Risk: Effectively (Re)Designing a Flood Rate Calculator" $6,700. Old Dominion University. July 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020
    Richards, D. P. "Increasing Engagement in Online Writing Instruction: Developing Video Lectures for Technical Writing" $4,000. Old Dominion University. July 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019
    Richards, D. P. "Flood Insurance Calculator and Website" $26,000. State. July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
    Richards, D. P. "Story Mapping and Sea Level Rise: Bringing a Global Risk Home" $1,500. Higher Education. January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018
    Richards, D.; Schwartz, K.; Hester, P. T.; Kumar, S.; Higgins, K. "Improving Disciplinary Writing Action Project Grant" $19,987. 2017 - 2018
    Richards, D.; Jovanovic, V.; Pazos-Lago, M.; Popescu, O.; Arcaute, K. "Improving Disciplinary Writing Action Project Grant" $20,000. 2017 - 2018
    Richards, D.; Romberger-Depew, J. E. "Faculty Innovator Grant" $3,000. 2014 - 2015
    Richards, D.; McKittrick, M. "Improving Disciplinary Writing Action Project Grant" $19,987. 2014 - 2015
    Richards, D.; McKittrick, M. "Service-Learning Instructional Mini-Grant Award" $1,000. 2014 - 2015
    Richards, D. "Faculty Research Grant" $6,000. 2014 - 2014
    Richards, D. "Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program" $17,500. 2008 - 2008