Assistant Professor
English Department

Dr. Julie Bates teaches professional writing and editing, rhetoric, and composition coursework in the English department. She has a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Communication from Illinois State University, an M.A. in Liberal & Integrative Studies (with emphases in environmental studies and journalism) from the University of Illinois-Springfield, and a B.A. in Magazine Journalism and English Writing from Drake University.

Dr. Bates is the coordinator of Millikin University's first-year writing program, the faculty advisor for BURST magazine, the Book Review Editor for Rhetoric Review, and the Contributing Editor for Decatur Magazine. In addition, Dr. Bates is a professional writer, editor, copy editor, and proofreader with 15+ years of professional experience.

Dr. Bates's research interests include activist, environmental, feminist, digital, visual, material, and disability rhetorics; technical and professional communication; cultural historical activity theory and genre studies; multimodal composition; and publishing and editing.

Fall 2021 Courses: EN 200/IN 250: Environmental Writing; EN 305: Web Publishing; EN 310: Applying Writing Theory, EN 388: Magazine Publishing Roundtable  

Dissertation: Toward an Interventionary Rhetoric for Technical Communication Studies (2017) - Winner of the 2019 CCCC Outstanding Dissertation Award in Technical Communication 

Recent Publications:

Recent Presentations:

  • Conference on College Composition & Communication. “Reimagining Community Engagement: Shifting the Ways We Engage in Challenging Times” with Sarah Warren-Riley. Engaged Learning Experience workshop delivered. Online. April 2021.
  • Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. “Creating a Socially Just Methodology: A Feminist Activist Workshop” with Lisa Dooley, Oriana Gilson, and Sarah Warren-Riley. Workshop delivered. Harrisonburg, VA, November 2019.
  • Computers & Writing Conference. “Activism & the Archives: Activist Archival Research in Scholarship & Pedagogy.” Paper presented. Michigan State University. June 2019.
  • Association for Teachers of Technical Writing Conference. “The Case for Activist Archival Research in Technical & Professional Communication.” Paper presented. Pittsburgh, PA. March 2019.
  • Thomas R. Watson International Conference in Rhetoric and Composition. “Little Moments of Intervention.” Paper presented. University of Louisville. October 2018.
  • Computers & Writing Conference. “Feminist Methodologies That Engage Emergent Social Justice Issues in the Digital Writing Classroom.” Mini-workshop. George Mason University. May 2018.
  • Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. “Proactive Feminist Approaches to Pedagogy and Scholarship That Address Emergent Social Justice Issues.” Interactive session facilitation/presentation. University of Dayton. October 2017.
  • Computers & Writing Conference. “Toward a Multimodal Technē of Intervention.” Paper presented. University of Findlay. June 2017.
  • Thomas R. Watson International Conference in Rhetoric and Composition. “Exploring Environmental Justice Interventions in Little Village: A Case Study.” Paper presented. University of Louisville. October 2017.