Dr. Denise Marie Vultee


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Denise Vultee (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001) is a lecturer in the communication department. She teaches COM 1010 (Oral Communication: Basic Speech), the basic course in public speaking, in both online and hybrid (half-online, half-traditional) formats; and COM 2260 (Digital Writing and Research Methods), part of the New Media minor curriculum. Her academic interests include social media; online teaching and learning; entrepreneurship and the creative imagination; metaphor, especially in economic and scientific discourse; and science fiction fandom. Her work has appeared in Journal of Management Inquiry, International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, and “Doctor Who”: Fan Phenomena (Intellect Press, 2013). As the last of these publications suggests, she is a devoted Whovian; she also enjoys birding, cooking, and fiber arts.

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Academic Interests

Metaphor, entrepreneurship, social media, crisis and risk communication, environmental communication, narrative, fantasy theme analysis, fan phenomena, constructed languages, online teaching and learning.

Degrees and Certifications

B.A. in History, Regents College (later Excelsior College), The University of the State of New York, Albany, May 1987. Minor: Greek Area Studies.

M.A. in English, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, December 1991. Thesis: "Classical and Baroque: Three Seventeenth-Century Translations of Horace's Odes."

Ph.D. in English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 2001. Major: Nineteenth-Century British Literature. Minor: Renaissance Literature. Dissertation: "Blake and the Origins of Scientific Thought."

Recent Publications

Vultee, F., Ali, S.R., Stover, C., and Vultee, D.M. (2014). Seeking, sharing, acting: How audiences assess and respond to social media messages about hazards. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 32(2), 297-316.

Chile, T.H., Elias, S.R.S.T.A., Zarankin, T.G., and Vultee, D.M. (2013). The kaleidic world of entrepreneurs: Developing and grounding a metaphor for creative imagination. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, 8(3), 276-307.

Vultee, D.M. (2013). The language(s) of Gallifrey. In P. Booth (Ed.), "Doctor Who" fan phenomena (pp. 116-126). Bristol, UK: Intellect Press.

Chiles, T.H., Vultee, D.M., Gupta, V.K., Greening, D.W., and Tuggle, C.S. (2010). The philosophical foundations of a radical Austrian approach to entrepreneurship. Journal of Management Inquiry, 19(2), 138-164.

Courses Taught

COM 1010 (Oral Communication: Basic Speech): COM 1010 is a course in public speaking that fulfills Wayne State University’s general education oral competency requirement. Students learn the skills required for oral competency through a series of presentations, written tests, and papers. 

COM 2260 (Digital Writing and Research Methods): COM 2260 is part of the New Media minor curriculum. This course prepares students to participate intelligently and critically in the production and consumption of digital media. It emphasizes fundamental writing and research skills in the context of the rapidly changing digital landscape. Students gain a broad understanding of that landscape through a combination of course readings and hands-on assignments. This course prepares students for the inevitable and unpredictable shifts in the digital environment by focusing on writing and research skills they can use across a range of platforms, both existing and emergent.

 COM 2290 (Fundamentals of New Media Communication)