Researcher biography

Associate Professor Roslyn Petelin initiated and designed the post-graduate Writing, Editing, & Publishing (WEP) Program in the School of Communication and Arts. Prior to launching the program at UQ in 2000, she taught Literature and Film at the Brisbane Kindergarten Teachers' College and Communication in the Faculty of Business at Queensland University of Technology and in the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

Associate Professor Petelin edited the internationally refereed Australian Journal of Communication from 1988-2013 and is on the editorial boards of Business and Professional Communication Quarterly (USA) and Corporate Communications: An International Journal (UK). She is a past President and Honorary Life Member of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association and has consulted extensively on writing, editing, and information design to public and private sector organisations in Australia, the UK, the USA, and S. E. Asia. In 2014, she developed and launched WRITE101x, a massive, open online course for UQx, which has attracted more than 330,000 registrants in its four offerings to date (end of 2016).


Classical and contemporary rhetoric, academic writing, scholarly editing, writing about the arts, writing in the disciplines and the professions, University Writing Programs, publishing, knowledge management, information design, blended learning, and digital publishing futures.

Current research includes: Plain language, writing and editing in the disciplines and the professions, editing scholarly journals, e-Learning, and e-Publishing.

Areas of research