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Faculty - Charlsye Smith Diaz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of EnglishCharlsye Smith Diaz
Professional & Technical Communication
Coordinator, Professional & Technical Writing
Acting Coordinator, Engineering Communication Project

Course Coordinator, ENG 317: Business & Technical Writing
Office: 305 Neville Hall

Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
5752 Neville Hall, Room 304
Orono, Maine 04469-5752

Office Telephone: 207.581.3839
Fax Number: 207.581.3886 – Please use a cover sheet addressed to me.

Office Hours

Summer Office Hours May 15-August 31: By appointment

To make an appointment, send email to me at

Social Media

My blog:

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The Paralegal Professional: Finding a Job and Career Success (Pearson, 2012)


Research Interests

My research focuses on three areas: (1) U.S. and international legal issues related to patent applications and other documentation that accompanies research and development; (2) decision making related to new communication technologies through studies of historical and contemporary decision processes; and (3) communication for entrepreneurs and inventors, including writing technical information in plain English.

Recent Courses Taught


ENG 317 Business and Technical Writing

ENG 415 Advanced Report and Proposal Writing

ENG 416 Technical Editing and Document Design

ENG 418 Topics in Professional Writing

-Communication for Innovation
-Communication for Small Business & Nonprofits

INV 282: Communicate [Innovation Engineering]


ENG 515: Approaches to Reports, Proposals, and Grants in Academic and Workplace Settings

ENG 516: Perspectives on Technical Editing and Information Design

ENG 518: Topics in Professional & Technical Writing

-Communication for Innovation
-Professional & Technical Writing for Managers and Instructors
-Communication for Small Business & Nonprofits

Outreach Work

University of Maine students studying professional & technical writing and I provide outreach to on- and 0ff-campus organizations each year.

Students’ Outreach: This year, students provided services to organizations that ranged from university research units to a roller derby team. During the 2014-15 academic year, students worked with more than 20 organizations,, and on research projects.

My Outreach: I serve on the advisory panel for America Means Business and as an educational consultant to the National Association of Legal Assistants. In this role, I work with NALA on its online education program for advanced training and paralegal certification, which I helped develop.


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