Charlotte Thralls

Charlotte Thralls

Charlotte Thralls
dr. Charlotte Thrails

Dr. Charlotte Thralls

Undergraduate Advisor
Rhetorical Theory; Professional Communication; and Composition

Mailing address

Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331

Office: (269) 387-2623


920 Sprau Tower


Ph.D., Purdue University


A Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at Western Michigan University, Charlotte Thralls has also held tenured appointments at Iowa State University and at Utah State University. With research interest in the intersections of rhetorical theory, cultural studies, and writing, she has taught courses in professional writing, composition, writing studies theory and research, modern rhetorical theory, rhetorical analysis, the history of rhetoric, cultural studies, and media analysis.

Thralls is the author of numerous articles and coeditor of Communicative Practices in Workplaces and the Professions and Professional Communication: The Social Perspective. Her research in rhetoric and professional communication has been recognized with awards from NCTE (Best Collection of Essays), the Association for Business Communication (Best Article; 2001 Researcher of the Year) and Utah State University (Humanist [researcher] of the Year, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences). She was founding coeditor of the Journal of Business and Technical Communication and former coeditor of Technical Communication Quarterly.

In teaching, Thralls received the Iowa State University Louis Thompson Distinguished Teaching Award and an Iowa Legislature Teaching Excellence Award. Thralls currently serves on various councils and committees for national organizations and on the editorial boards of several journals in professional communication. During her career, she also has held various administrative and faculty development positions: Associate Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Utah State; Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Internships, Coordinator of the Rhetoric and Professional Communication area, and Faculty Fellow with the Center for Teaching Excellence at Iowa State University.


Department of English
6th floor Sprau Tower
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331 USA
(269) 387-2572 | (269) 387-2562 Fax