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Faculty - Charlsye Smith Diaz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Professional & Technical Communication
Coordinator, Professional & Technical Writing
Coordinator, ENG 317: Business & Technical Writing
Office: 305 Neville Hall

Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
5752 Neville Hall, Room 305
Orono, Maine 04469-5752

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

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

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Charlsye Smith Diaz, Ph.D. teaches professional & technical writing courses, coordinates the technical and professional writing program, works with the Engineering Communication Project, and with the Foster Center for Student Innovation. She studies U.S. and international issues related to communication in small business, intellectual property, and economic development. She volunteers for Bangor SCORE, an SBA-related organization that mentors small business owners and start-ups, and serves on the advisory panel for America Means Business.

Dr. Diaz’s secondary interest is in online education.  She has training in online education and serves as an educational consultant to the National Association of Legal Assistants. She helped NALA develop and launch its online education program for advanced training and paralegal certification.

Prior to university teaching and research, Dr. Diaz worked in litigation support for complex intellectual property and contract disputes. This work included managing teams of paralegals working on discovery matters. She led teams through the analysis of client documents, computer database coding, and helped prepare for trials by providing digitized litigation and courtroom support.

Dr. Diaz joined the English Department in 2006.

Curriculum Vita (PDF)

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



Dr. Diaz’s students work with numerous small businesses and nonprofits each year. Last fall, students in ENG 416 worked with and The 15-40 Connection.

Dr. Diaz also volunteers for SCORE, NALA, and serves on the advisory board for America Means Business.


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