Daniel Richards

Photo of Daniel Richards Associate Professor of Technical Communication & Rhetoric
Old Dominion University
Email: dprichar@odu.edu
Phone: 757-683-4629

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

technical communication, risk communication, visual risk communication, environmental communication, public engagement, rhetoric, usability, user experience

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Biographical Sketch

I’m an associate professor of English (technical communication and rhetoric) at Old Dominion University. My research foci include environmental risk communication, visual communication methods, and user experience. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in technical writing and technical writing pedagogy.


  • Ph.D., University of South Florida, Rhetoric & Composition, 2009—2013
  • M.A., University of Windsor, English Language & Literature, 2007—2009
  • B.A., University of Windsor, English Language & Literature, 2003—2007

Other Research

Current projects:

  • Technical consultant and designer on Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Grant with Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. Work includes designing a flood rate and risk calculator for residents of Hampton Roads.
  • User testing of calculator listed above; grant through the CCRFR (Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resilience) at Old Dominion University.
  • Recently published work evaluating the usability of Climate Central’s Risk Zone Map
  • Currently developing story map using Esri’s applications that includes video recordings of vulnerable residents in Hampton Roads and along Florida’s Space Coast. Project funded by ACM SIGDOC.

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