Elizabeth J. Keller Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Elizabeth J. Keller

Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics
Purdue University Fort Wayne

I specialize in technical communication, workplace writing, and learning theory. My research examines how mentoring helps people write, learn, and transfer knowledge over the duration of their career. My scholarship is available in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Communication Design Quarterly, and Technical Communication Quarterly.


I am a scholar and teacher who works at the intersections of technical communication and cultural rhetorics. My current research extends conversations around mentoring by challenging us to not only reconsider mentoring as an active component in the construction of a person’s professional identity, but also to investigate how mentoring might factor into academic programs that are committed to helping students succeed in the classroom as well as the workplace. I am beginning a career where I research and theorize how mentoring impacts the ways people learn and write in both university and workplace contexts.

I'm an Assistant Professor in the English and Linguistics Department at Purdue University Fort Wayne (formerly Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne), where I currently teach courses in technical writing, writing for multiple media, and project, content, and data management. My research interests include cultural rhetorics and pedagogies, professional and technical communication, and workplace studies. I am most interested in how mentoring is rhetorical work that creates, enacts, and sustains multidisciplinary learning in a variety of classroom and workplace contexts.

Connect. Mentor. Empower.
Leadership by Investment.


    Ph.D., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2015.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    My research and teaching interests include:
    1) professional and technical communication,
    2) feminist rhetorics and pedagogies,
    3) project management,
    4) content management,
    5) and multi/interdisciplinary learning.

Personal Interests

    In my free time, I like to cook, bake, and spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy the autumn months in Indiana and Michigan, holiday pops concerts, and stand-up comedy.