Betsy (Elizabeth) DuWaldt, Ph.D.

Betsy (Elizabeth) DuWaldt, Ph.D.
Title: Business Practitioner
Dept/Program: Dean's Office
Office: CBA 307
Phone: (330) 972-8059


  • Ph.D. Rhetoric, Organizational Communication concentration. Dissertation: The Necessity of Communicative Engagement Capability in Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (2016).
  • Olin Scholar. Master of Business Administration degree, May 2005, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College Wellesley, MA (2003-2005).
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Communications (Writing and Editing emphasis), Computer Information Systems minor, May 2000. Metropolitan State College of Denver Denver, CO (1997-2000).

Professional & Academic Experience

Professional Experience

  • 2013-present: Business Practitioner, Communication, The University of Akron, College of Business Administration,Akron, OH
  • 2011-2012: Instructor, Kent State University and The University of Akron Akron and Kent, OH
  • 2004-2011: FirstEnergy Corp. Akron, OH
    • 2009: Director, Internal Communications
    • 2008: Manager, Communications Accounts
    • 2007: Manager, Communications Strategy and Engagement
    • 2006: Senior Communications Services Representative
    • 2005: Advanced Analyst, Business Development Group
    • 2004: Intern, Business Performance Group
  • 2001-2003: Editorial Director, Deitel & Associates, Inc. Maynard, MA
  • 2000-2001: Technical Writer, Raytheon Polar Services Denver, CO
  • 1995-1996: Manager of Corporate Communications, Business Communications Company, Inc. Norwalk, CT

Other Professional Activities

  • 2012-present: President, Board of Directors, IABC, Northeast Ohio Chapter, Cleveland, OH
  • 2005: Editor and Teacher’s Assistant - Strategy, Babson College Wellesley, MA
  • 1996-2005: Freelance Writer, Editor, Self-Employed, Denver, CO



  • Web Services: A Technical Introduction (Prentice Hall, 2002)
Co-authored chapters in:
  • Wireless Internet and m-Business How to Program (Prentice Hall)
  • Internet and World Wide Web How to Program, Second Edition (Prentice Hall)
  • Advanced Java 2 Platform How to Program (Prentice Hall)
  • C# How to Program (Prentice Hall)
  • Visual Basic .NET How to Program (Prentice Hall)
  • Python How to Program (Prentice Hall)
  • C++ Lab Manual (Prentice Hall)

Conference Papers

(dis)Junctions 2012
Narratives Mediated: From Hollywood to Occupy panel
Fat Cats and the Filthy Rich: Rhetoric of the Wealthy in Popular Culture