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


Ph.D. - Arizona State University
M.A. - Northern Arizona University
B.A. - Brigham Young University


Highlighted Publications

Walker, Paul. “She Dreams in Burkean Color (Or, On Rhetoric and Writing Pedagogy) Enculturation 25 (2017).

Walker, Paul. “Let’s Disagree (to Agree): Disrupting the Rhetoric of Agreement in Writing Assessment.” Composition Forum 35 (2017).

Walker, Paul. “A Rhythmic Refrain: Britain’s Mass-Observation as Rhetorical Assemblage.” Rhetoric Review 35.3 (2016): 212-225.

"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.

Courses Taught

Areas of Specialization

Environmental Literature
Professional Writing
Technical Writing

Awards and Distinctions

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

Leadership and Service

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