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Xiaoli Li

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: English


Email: Xiaoli Li
Phone: 937-229-3482


  • Ph.D., Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design, Clemson University
  • M.A., English, Scientific and Technical Communication, Bowling Green State University


Xiaoli Li is an assistant professor of Professional and Technical Writing. She teaches Writing for the Web, Technical Communication, Business Communication, Second-year writing seminar on China’s Middle Class, and a graduate seminar on Professional and Technical Writing. She also teaches those courses at University of Dayton China Institute in Suzhou and Germany when she leads the UD Study Abroad programs.

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Li's research and teaching interests include international professional and technical communication with a focus on China; technical communication program development and administration; technical communication pedagogy; intercultural communication; collaboration with community and industry; online education and training; document design and usability, and university internationalization.  She regularly presents at annual conferences of Association for Business Communication (ABC), Association for Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW), and Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC).  Her scholarly work has appeared in IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, Connexion-International Professional Communication Journal, and the WAC Journal.  She is keen on promoting the development of technical communication in China as a profession and a discipline.