Paul Walker

Associate Professor of English 

Co-Director, Purchase Area Writing Project

"I try to help students recognize writing as not just a skill, but a method of inquiry that leads to a richer understanding of the world and its complexities. Writing to inquire allows us to explore how our perspectives connect with the ideas of others, while making us more adept at communicating those ideas in various situations." 

Paul Walker



Arizona State University


Northern Arizona University


Brigham Young University

Writing in Context: Composition in First-Year Learning Communities. New York: Hampton, 2013

Highlighted Publications
"Composition's Akrasia: The Devaluing of Intuitive Expertise in Writing Assessment." Enculturation 15 (2013).

"Pausing to Reflect: Mass Observation, Blogs, and Composing Everyday Life." composing (media) = composing (embodiment). Ed. Kristin Arola and Anne Wisocki. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2012.

"Robert Moses vs. Charles Abrams: Rhetorics of Urban Shelter." Rhetoric Review 31.3 (2012): 289-308.

"(Un)Earthing a Vocabulary of Values: A Discourse Analysis for Ecocomposition." Composition Studies 38.1 (Spring 2010).

"Finding the 'Lovely Lower Purposes' of Writing." Writing on the Edge 20.2 (March 2010).

"What Do Students Think They (Should) Learn at College? Student Perceptions of Essential Learning Outcomes." Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 8.1 (2008): 45-60.

Areas of Specialization



Environmental Literature

Professional Writing

Technical Writing


Co-Director, Purchase Area Writing Project


Courses Taught

ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, and Inquiry

ENG 150 Honors Rhetoric, Composition and Research

ENG 226 Argument and Discourse

ENG 371 Literature and the Environment

ENG 627 Rhetoric and Professional Writing

ENG 629 Project Design and Usability

HUM 211 Western Humanities Tradition

Awards and Distinctions

CHFA Award for Creative and Scholarly Activity, Murray State University, 2013
Murray State University Outstanding Research Award, 2013

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

National Council of Teachers of English

Council of Writing Program Administrators


Dr. Paul Walker
7C-20 Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341