David Fisher, PhD

Director, Writing Curriculum & Initiatives

Office: Callaway 3rd floor

Phone: (404) 727-6196

Email: d.d.fisher@emory.edu


  • PhD, Rhetoric and Professional Communication, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2006
  • MS, Management Information Systems, University of Missouri - St Louis, St Louis, MO, 1999
  • MA, English, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 1994
  • BA, English, Drury University, Springfield, MO, 1990


David Fisher serves as Director of Writing Curriculum and Initiatives. In this role, he leads the Writing Program, which includes the Emory Writing Center (EWC), the First-Year Writing Program (FYW), Writing Across Emory (WAE), and Domain of One’s Own (Domain). He teaches first-year writing (ENG 101), upper-level writing courses, including Document Design and Writing for the Professions, and graduate seminars in composition theory and pedagogy. A Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, Fisher serves on the departmental curriculum committee, oversees the quantitative sciences (QSS) major track in English, and serves on the QuanTM Advisory Board. He collaborates closely with members of the ESL Program and the English Language Support Program (ELSP) in the Laney Graduate School. 

Before coming to Emory, Fisher worked as a technical writer, project and program manager, and software test engineer in the financial services, medical products, software development, and telecommunications industries. As Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, he led a thriving internship program and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in technical communication, web design, and digital rhetoric. 

Dr. Fisher is an avid—though not speedy—swimmer and runner. If he’s not working in his office, meeting with colleagues, or teaching, you can most likely find him at the pool or on the road.