Nupoor Ranade

Nupoor Ranade

Nupoor Ranade

Assistant Professor

Writing and Rhetoric: Technical communication; Audience studies; User experience (UX); Data analytics & corpus analysis.

Nupoor Ranade teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on professional writing and rhetoric. Her research combines her technological background, computational skills, and her ability to address knowledge gaps in the fields of technical communication pedagogy and practice, and focuses on audience analysis, data analytics, user experience, information design in the fields of content production, software development, and artificial intelligence.

Nupoor has earned her Masters and Ph.D. degrees, focused on technical communication, from NC State University. While pursuing these degrees she worked at several corporate institutions such as Palo Alto Networks in California, Citrix in Florida, and SAS Institute in North Carolina. With one foot in the industry and another in academia, Nupoor’s goal is to bridge the gaps between the two through pedagogy and practice.

Nupoor was awarded the SAS Graduate Industrial Traineeship position to apply her research and help the company analyze and solve their information design, user experience, and organizational collaboration challenges. Her research is recognized by the academic community as well. Her projects have been funded by the 2021 Research Grant from the Council of Programs in Technical & Scientific Communication (CPTSC) and the Margaret Baker Graham Research Grant (2020-21) distributed through the Business Communication Research Foundation.

Nupoor’s research is published in several academic journals including STC's Technical Communication (TC), Communication Design Quarterly (CDQ), Kairos technorhetoric, and IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. Her role in professional organizations including the Society of Technical Communication (STC), SIGDOC, Write the Docs, and Association of Business Communication (ABC) help her become part of, and contribute to the technical communication community. 

Selected Publications

  • Itchuaqiyaq, C. U., Ranade, N., & Walton, R. (2021). Theory-to-Query: Developing a Corpus- Analysis Method Using Computer Programming and Human Analysis. Technical Communication, 68(3), 7–28.
  • Ranade, N. & Catá, A. (2021). Intelligent algorithms: Evaluating the design of chatbots and search. Technical Communication. 68(2), 22‑40.
  • Tham, J., Hocutt, D., Burnham, K., Ranade, N., Misak, J., Duin, A.H., & Pedersen, I. (2021). Metaphors, mental models, and multiplicity: Under‑
    standing student perception of digital literacy. Computers and Composition. 59, 102628.
  • Stone, M. M., Ranade, N., Hannah, M. (2020). DIY feminist pedagogies: Making feminist practices more apparent in technical rhetorics. MAI:
    Feminism & Visual Culture. Special Issue on Feminist Pedagogies. 5.
  • Ranade, N. (2020) Visual rhetorical analysis and review of virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. Project, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and
    Pedagogy. 24(2).
  • Ranade, N. & Swarts. J. (2019) The humanist in information centric workplaces. Communication Design Quarterly. 7(4). 17‑31.

Grants and Fellowships

  • Impact of Human Behavior in a Mixed Traffic Environment, Commonwealth Cyber Initiative’s (CCI) Northern Virginia Node (NoVa Node) Grant, Zhang, L. (PI) Ranade, N. (co‑PI), Menon, N., Funded $40,000
  • Investigating Data Analytics as a Pedagogical Practice for Technical Communication Classrooms, Ranade, N. & Hocutt, D., 2021 CPTSC Research Grant, Funded $2000

Courses Taught

  • ENGH 690/488 User Experience Design
  • ENGH 503/438 Theory and Practice of Editing
  • ENGH 388 Professional and Technical Writing


  • Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media, NC State University, 2021
  • M.S. in Technical Communication, NC State University, 2017
  • B.S. in Computer Engineering, University of Pune, 2011