James Dubinsky

James Dubinsky

James Dubinsky

Associate Professor


413 Shanks Hall 
181 Turner St. NW 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-1939


Department Membership



  • Scholarship of Teaching (Pedagogy)
  • Scholarship of Engagement (Service-Learning)
  • Professional and Technical Communication
  • Veterans in Society

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Veterans Caucus
  • Executive Director, Association for Business Communication
  • Member, Council of Communication Associations


  • Ph.D – Miami University
  • MA – University of California, Berkeley
  • BA – Wake Forest University

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, Virginia Tech, February 2009 (one of first two recipients)
    • Diggs Teaching Scholar Award, Virginia Tech, 2006-2007
    • Excellence in Outreach Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, 2004-2005

    Selected Publications


    Teaching Technical Writing: Critical Issues for the Classroom.  Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.  Edited, with introductory essay, preface, explanatory notes, and annotated bibliography. 2004. 


    • “Product Documentation to Integrated Technical Content.”  Technical Communication, 62.2 (2015): 117-134.
    • “The Land-Grant Way–Connected Knowing and the Call of Service.” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society 1.1 (2010): http://www.presenttensejournal.org/. [Invited]
    • “When the Global is Local: Building a Local, Global Community through Partnership and Pedagogy” in Designing Globally Networked Learning Environments: Visionary Partnerships, Policies, and Pedagogies.  Eds. Doreen Starke-Meyerring & M. Wilson., Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers. 2008. 170-184.
    • "The Status of Service in Learning" in Innovative Approaches to the Teaching of Technical Communication.  Eds.  Tracy Bridgeford, Karla Kitalong, and Dickie Selfe. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2004. 15-30.   

    Sponsored Research

    • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Grant, co-PI with Dr. Bruce Pencek, July 2015, $152,000
    • National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Grant (a partner with Radford University), April 2015, $15,000
    • National Council of Teachers of English Research Grant with Nora Bacon, University of Nebraska; Tom Deans, Haverford College; Adrian Wurr, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Barbara Roswell, Goucher College, 2004–2005, $5000

    Additional Information

    He is the founding director of the department’s Professional Writing Program and was instrumental in helping to shape the first liberal arts PhD at VT (in Rhetoric and Writing). He is the founding director of the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (now VT-Engage) and the lead faculty member in Veterans in Society initiative – organized and/or chaired three national conference on Veterans in Society. Dubinsky is also a steering committee member of a county-wide Dialogue on Race that began before the major shootings (e.g., Ferguson, MO; Charleston, SC); additionally, he helped organize four Dialogue on Race Summits (2013 -2016). These included all local police chiefs,  town officials (mayor, council representatives), and county officials (board of supervisors, school boards).