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Kenneth Walker, Ph.D.
Lutcher Brown Fellowship

The Lutcher Brown Fellowship was established in 2020 with funds from the Lutcher Brown Endowment for Academic Excellence in order to help recently tenured faculty accelerate the success of their research. The fellowship is a one-year, nonrecurring honorific appointment. Fellows are nominated by academic leadership and selected by the provost through a competitive process.

Kenneth Walker, Ph.D.

Lutcher Brown Fellowship

Associate Professor, English

Graduate Advisor of Record

From his collaborative efforts on multidisciplinary teams to his critical research on the environment, Kenneth Walker is not only paving the way for UTSA to become a premier research institution, he is also a catalyst for social change.

Walker’s research rests on the intersection between rhetoric and technical communication, science and technology studies, and environmental humanities. His recent monograph, Climate Politics on the Border: Environmental Justice Rhetorics, explores how the effects of extreme weather events are experienced across various social sectors and how responses to these events can shape local places and politics in more equitable ways. 

In the past three years alone, Walker has helped secure over one million dollars in grant funding, with two additional grants under review. One grant from the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program has allowed Walker and a multidisciplinary team of UTSA professors to promote community science in underserved urban communities. 

Walker was also a member of the Advancing and Strengthening Science Identity through Systematic Training (ASSIST) team, which helps minoritized students overcome barriers to achieve advanced degrees in the sciences. The team received the 2021 Innovation and Impact Award from UTSA.

Walker is a manuscript reviewer for several leading publications in rhetoric and environmental communication as well as a conference organizer for rhetorical science studies. He is also an editorial board member forTechnical Communication Quarterly. 

Walker is on the board of directors for Deceleration News and a Mellon Humanities Pathways Fellows mentor. He is the first vice president of the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ARSTM), and a member of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW), the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA), the National Communication Association (NCA), and the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA).

Walker received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2015 before joining UTSA as an assistant professor. Walker also serves as the M.A. and Ph.D. graduate advisor of record for the English Department and he co-directs the Science Communication Scholars program for the Department of Integrative Biology.