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Meagan Kittle Autry

Associate Teaching Professor

Director of Professional Development and Associate Teaching Professor

Fitts-Woolard Hall 3225


Dr. Meagan Kittle Autry (Dr. KA) is an Associate Teaching Professor and the Director of Graduate Professional Development in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at NC State University. She provides support to master’s and doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars in research communication, workplace communication, career planning, and more. To learn more about professional development programming in CCEE, visit

Meagan’s teaching portfolio includes:

  • CE 610: Advanced Communication for Engineering Research—designed for doctoral students seeking careers in academia, this course provides in-depth instruction and peer review on research articles, grant proposals, research posters and presentations, and more.
  • CE 550: Professional Engineering Communication—designed for graduate students working in/seeking careers in industry, this course provides intensive instruction in effective engineering communication, clear writing style, writing effective reports and proposals, and delivering strong presentations.

She has recently developed a series of short instructional videos on aspects of technical communication. The videos are aimed at a wide audience of engineers, from undergraduates to practicing professionals. Bookmark the YouTube playlist:

Dr. Kittle Autry also serves as the Director of Science Communication for the Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS) Center, an NSF-funded Science & Technology Center headquartered at NC State.


Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (Technical Communication) North Carolina State University 2013

M.A. Rhetoric & Composition North Carolina State University 2010

B.A. English (Writing) Catawba College 2008

Area(s) of Expertise

Dr. Kittle Autry's work examines how empirical research writing and communication works from a rhetorical perspective. She is particularly interested in how the culture of disciplines influences research article writing and publication. Her work has been published in IEEE Transactions on Technical Communication, Communication Monographs, Environmental Communication, and more. As Director of Graduate Professional Development, she manages a portfolio of programming to support the growth and career objectives of both professional-track and research-track students.


  • Article of the Year - Canadian Association for Studies in Discourse and Writing