Donnie Johnson Sackey

Donnie Johnson Sackey

Assistant Professor
Senior Researcher, Detroit Integrated Vision for Environmental Research through Science and Engagement (D•VERSE)

 9308, 5057 Woodward

Curriculum Vitae



Donnie Johnson Sackey

Donnie Johnson Sackey is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Composition at Wayne State University. He is a senior researcher with Detroit Integrated Vision for Environmental Research through Science and Engagement (D•VERSE) and an affiliated researcher in the Writing, Information, and Digital Experience (WIDE) Research Center. He also serves as an executive board member of the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition. His research centers on the dynamics of environmental public policy deliberation, environmental justice, and environmental cultural history. Sackey is currently a co-investigator on a grant funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to perform risk communication work around the lead and legionella contamination crisis in the municipal water system in Flint, MI. He is also a co-investigator on a grant funded by the Institute for Population Sciences, Health Assessment, Administration, Services, and Economics (INPHAASE), which is a citizen science project that tracks asthma triggers among a cohort of teens living in southeast Michigan.

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Technical and Professional Communication

  •  Environmental Rhetoric

  •  Environmental Risk Communication

  •  Rhetoric of Science

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • B.A., Latin, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2006
  • B.A., English, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2006
  • M.A., Critical Studies in Literacy & Pedagogy, Michigan State University, 2009
  • Ph.D., Rhetoric & Writing (Rhetoric, Environment, & Culture), Michigan State University, 2013

Awards and Grants

  • 2017 Wayne State University President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • RAPID: Response to contaminants in Flint drinking water: Formation of disinfection by-products in the distribution system, National Institutes of Health, $421,435, 2016-2017, S. McElmurry (Principal Investigator); C.J. Miller, D.K. Pitts, D.J. Sackey, M. Seeger, S.J. Masten, M. Hanna-Attisha, S.H.R. Davies, P.E. Kilgore (Co-Investigators).

  • A community-based approach to study adolescent asthma through personal monitoring of airborne particulate matter, Institute for Population Studies, Health Assessment, Administration, Services and Economics, $75,000, 2016-2017, J. Caruso, S. McElmurry (Principal Investigator); C. Joseph, A. Levin, J. Moldenhauer, D.J. Sackey, N. Schroeck (Co-Investigators).

  • Petcoke in an urban environment: A community-based participatory model, Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors, $150,000, 2014-2016, J. Caruso, S. McElmurry (Principal Investigators); F. Giblin, R. Reynolds, D.J. Sackey, N. Schroeck, P. Stemmer, J. Westrick, K. Zhang (Co-Investigators).

Selected Publications

Turner, Heather Noel, Minh-Tam Nguyen, Beth Keller, Donnie Johnson Sackey, Jim Ridolfo, Stacey Pigg, Benjamin Lauren, Liza Potts, Bill Hart-Davidson, Jeff Grabill. (2017). WIDE Research Center as an incubator for graduate student experience. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 47(2), 130-150. DOI: 10.1177/0047287517692066

Sackey, Donnie and William Hart-Davidson. (2016). Writing devices. Casey Boyle and Scot Barnett, (Eds.) Rhetoric of Everyday Things. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.

Moldenhauer, Judith A., and Donnie Johnson Sackey. (2016). Transdisciplinarity, community-based participatory research, and user-based information design research: The D•VERSE group and two projects. In Design, User Experience, and Usability: Design Thinking and Methods - 5th International Conference, DUXU 2016 Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Proceedings. (Vol. 9746, pp. 323-332). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 9746). Springer Verlag. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-40409-7_31

Hildalgo, Alexandra and Donnie Johnson Sackey (Eds.) (December 2015). “Race, Rhetoric, and the State.” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society.

Sackey, Donnie Johnson, Minh-Tam Nguyen, Jeffery T. Grabill. (2015). Constructing learning spaces: What we can learn from studies of informal learning online. Computers & Composition, 35, 112-124. DOI: 10.1016/j.compcom.2015.01.004

Ríos, Gabriela R. and Donnie Johnson Sackey. (2014). Biocultural diversity and copyright: Linking intellectual property, language, knowledge and environment. In Dànielle Nicole DeVoss and Martine Courant Rife, (Eds.) Cultures of Copyright (211-225). New York, NY: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers.

Courses taught

ENG 2440, Introduction to Visual Culture, 3 credits, Fall 2016

ENG 5795, Special Topics in Rhetoric & Writing (Information Design), 3 credits, Fall 2016

ENG 3060, Technical Writing (Presentations), 3 credits, Winter 2016

ENG 8007, Cultural Rhetorics, 3 credits, Winter 2016

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