Job posting: two positions at Portland State University

Job listings posted on behalf of Wint Tracy Dillon (

The English Department at Portland State University would like your help in getting the word out about two available positions.

These positions can be found, along with application instructions, at The application deadline for both positions is November 15, 2016.

Position 1:

The English Department at Portland State University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Director of Professional & Technical Writing to begin September 16, 2017 at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. We seek an active scholar with a record of P&TW research who can contribute to the department by teaching core courses in our undergraduate and graduate degree programs, directing the MA/MS program in Professional & Technical Writing, and providing other courses in support of the English and University Studies curricula.

Required specialization in science and/or environmental writing; this position is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ interdisciplinary cluster hire focusing on Environmental Extremes (impacts, adaptations, and solutions) including seven additional faculty members in the Departments of Communication, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, and Environmental Science and Management. See the Faculty Cluster hire ad at for all eight positions.

Preferred qualifications include Professional & Technical Writing related industry experience. ABD’s considered. Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric, Technical Communication, or a related field is required by September 15, 2017. 2/2/2 course load (quarter system); course releases for service as director; competitive salary; excellent benefits.

Position 2:

The English Department at Portland State University invites applications for a non-tenure track faculty (NTTF) position as Instructor or Senior Instructor I of Professional & Technical Writing to begin September 16, 2017. We seek an active instructor who can contribute to the department by teaching core courses in our undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and providing other courses in support of the English and University Studies curricula.Required qualifications include Professional & Technical Writing related industry experience; preferred qualifications include specialization in at least one of the following areas: science writing, environmental writing, and/or medical writing. Master’s or Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric, Technical Communication, or a related field is required by time of appointment. 3/3/3 course load (quarter system); competitive salary; excellent benefits.

All materials must be received by November 15, 2016.

Brief Description of PSU’s English Department

A thriving campus in the heart of the city, Portland State University is Oregon’s most affordable public research university and we offer tremendous opportunity to 29,000 students from all backgrounds. Our mission to “let knowledge serve the city” reflects our dedication to finding innovative, sustainable solutions to local and global problems. Our location in the heart

of one of America’s most dynamic cities gives our students unmatched access to career connections and an internationally acclaimed culture scene. PSU is the only Oregon university to offer a four-year degree guarantee. The English Department offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses to meet the needs of students with a diversity of interests, and

academic and professional backgrounds. By studying literature, rhetoric, composition, and critical theory, students in the Department of English acquire experience in inter-textual and cross-disciplinary inquiry represented by many cultures and historical periods. They learn critical approaches to texts and issues that enable them to interpret and compare positions, to read closely, critically, and with empathy, to conduct research, to weigh evidence, and to write with insight and expertise.

Welcome New ATTW Book Series Editor, Tharon Howard

tharon-howard_064aAfter four years of excellent work as the inaugural editor of the ATTW book series in technical and professional communication, Dr. Jo Mackiewicz has stepped down as series editor.  We are grateful for her work and the four publications added to the series under Jo’s tenure. As we begin to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ATTW and imagine what the future of the organization might be, we are pleased to announce Dr. Tharon Howard from Clemson University as our new editor for the ATTW book series.

With expertise in usability, user experience, academic publishing, and multi-media publishing and teaching Dr. Howard brings his interests in interdisciplinary publishing and multi-modal pedagogy to ATTW. He currently serves as the production editor for Clemson’s Center for Electronic and Digital Publishing where, alongside traditional academic publishing, Dr. Howard teaches graduate students to develop and maintain digital and web publications. His commitment to academic publishing and multi-modal innovations in scholarly publication make him the perfect fit to take the editorial helm at ATTW. We are looking forward to working with him as the book series progresses.


Dr. Tharon W. Howard teaches in the Master of Arts in Professional Communication program and the Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design doctoral program at Clemson University. He is a recipient of the STC’s J.R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication and is a nationally recognized leader in the field of usability and user experience research. As Director of the Clemson University Usability Testing Facility, he has conducted sponsored research aimed at improving and creating new software interfaces, online document designs, and information architectures for clients including Pearson Higher Education, IBM, NCR Corp., and AT&T. For his work promoting the importance of usability in both industry and technical communication, Dr. Howard was awarded the Usability Professionals Association’s “Extraordinary Service Award.” Howard serves as the Production Editor for Clemson’s Center for Electronic and Digital Publishing where—in addition to producing scholarly journals, books, fliers, and brochures—he teaches MAPC and RCID graduate students to create and maintain digital publications and websites.  He also designed and directed Clemson’s Multimedia Authoring Teaching and Research Facility where faculty and graduate students in architecture, arts, and humanities learn to develop fully interactive, stand-alone multimodal productions and experiment with emerging instructional technologies, augmented reality devices, and interface designs.  Howard is the author of Design to Thrive: Creating Online Communities and Social Networks That Last; A Rhetoric of Electronic Communities, co-author of Visual Communication: A Writer’s Guide, co-editor of Electronic Networks:  Crossing Boundaries and Creating Communities, and has articles in journals including Technical Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Computers and Composition. accounts required for proposals

We’re now accepting ATTW 2017 proposals! This year, we’re requiring that everyone proposing a speaking role create a free account so we can more easily track submissions, reviews, and members.

Since we had some security problems in the past, we’ve deleted all existing accounts and started afresh. So, everyone will need to take a few minutes to make an account.

Please make an account as soon as you can. That will give us time to review and approve accounts well in advance of the October 15 deadline. (We have to review them since spammers still attempt to create bogus accounts every day.) Help us make review easy by filling out the form completely.

If you are planning a panel or co-authored presentation, make sure your collaborators create accounts as well, then provide you the email addresses tied to their accounts. We’ve created a page listing all the registered accounts, so you’ll be able to look them up easily, in case you forget.

Accounts are free and can be created by members or non-members. We plan to keep this system in place for ATTW 2018 and 2019, so this should be a time saver on the long run.

Let us know if you have questions. We’ll be welcoming your submissions soon!

Create your account now

ATTW 2017 Graduate Research Award CFP

In our commitment to advancing graduate students in the field, ATTW is pleased to announce the 2017 ATTW Graduate Research Award.  This award’s purpose is to support and advance the research of graduate students in the latter stages of their PhD programs (preference will be given to those students working on their dissertations).

Up to three awardees will receive a monetary amount ($500.00) to be used for research expenses and/or to help defray the costs of attending the annual ATTW conference.  In addition, award recipients will be featured in a work-in-progress panel presentation at the annual conference in Portland, Oregon in 2017, and the conference registration fee will be waived.

Application details

At this time, we are soliciting application materials from graduate students whose research is in technical and professional communication. Interested students should send (as one *.pdf file):

  • a prospectus that describes their current research and its contribution to the field of technical and professional communication; the prospectus should also address the applicants’ plans for future work. (Please limit to 3-4 pages).
  • a description of the ways in which the award money will be used to support the research
  • a current CV
  • a letter of support from the student’s advisor that confirms the student’s status as a graduate student and details the advisor’s support for the student’s application

Awards will be given to those with clearly defined research projects that contribute to the field of technical and professional communication.

Send completed applications to Michelle F. Eble at

Important Dates

Application deadline: September 30, 2016

Notification of award recipients: October 30, 2016

ATTW Conference: March 15, 2017

If you have questions, feel free to contact Michelle F. Eble at

Social Media Wrap-up of #attwcon in Houston

Social Media Wrap-up of #attwcon in Houston

It’s hard to believe that ATTW’s annual convention in Houston was a whole month ago—time has flown by, our semesters are coming to an end (or we’re hitting mid-quarter for those of you on the quarter system), and many of us are switching gears from thinking about our spring classes and instead thinking about summer projects, vacations, and possibly even prepping for fall courses (though maybe we’ll hold off on that for a little bit for a breather).

We thought it would be useful to give a brief recap of social media use at this year’s convention. For a few years now, conference attendees have used the #attwcon hashtag to share experiences about the conferences, network, share insights from presentations, and more. This year attendees posted 805 tweets and retweets using the conference hashtag on the day of the conference (an archive of tweets is available here).

This network visualization shows that over 197 different twitter accounts have used the hashtag or were mentioned by someone using the hashtag this year. (This data includes tweets from a few weeks before the conference and since then as well.) You can click on a node to get data about that twitter user—for instance, @beyonce was mentioned once during the conference (but sadly, she didn’t tweet about the conference).

If you click on the “mentions” link at the bottom of the visualization, you can see that we’re a pretty chatty bunch, not just sending out tweets in isolation, but replying to each other, mentioning each other in tweets, and retweeting each other quite frequently. The retweets link on the bottom of the page shows an even denser network: we like to share what each other has written.

For the second year, we asked a few graduate students to serve as Social Media Curators at the conference. They kept track of tweets and other social media and used our Storify account to create stories about panels and other events at the conference. Special thanks to Jack Labriola, Elizabeth Mackey, Allegra Smith, and Tiffany Wilgar for creating the following stories of #attwcon events:

The convention in Houston was a huge success, thanks in large part to conference program co-chairs Natalia Matveeva and Godwin Agboka, ATTW’s many volunteers and sponsors,  great presentations by ATTW members, and a wonderful, collegial membership that tweets about the conference. Looking forward to next year in Portland!

Michael J. Faris
ATTW Social Media Coordinator

Thank you, ATTW!

THANK YOU to all of our conference sponsors, reviewers, presenters, and attendees for making ATTW 2016 a great success:

  • Conference program co-chairs Natalia Matveeva and Godwin Agboka;
  • Volunteers who staffed our registration and check-in tables;
  • Exhibitors Taylor & Francis and Routledge;
  • The many sponsors who purchased ads in the program or donated items for attendees;
  • NCTE/CCCC staff and hotel services who helped with infrastructure and technology;
  • Many more people we’ll make sure to add here later!

Congratulations to all the award winners, especially Brenda Sims and Bill Hart-Davidson, both elevated to ATTW Fellow. We’ll add a list of all the award winners here shortly.

We hope to see all of you next year in Portland, on March 15, 2017!

Conference Information Round-Up

It’s just a few more days until ATTW 2016. We wanted to round up all the information about conference events in one place before everyone starts traveling.  Hopefully this answers your last minute questions, but if not, please feel free to contact us at

Research Methods Workshop

Workshops will take place Tuesday, April 5 from 12:30-4:30. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to get checked in so that workshops can start on time. 

The workshops will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Houston Downtown, which is across the street from the Hilton of the Americas.

1515 Dallas Street, Houston, Texas, 77010,USA

We have Discovery B & Discovery C which are on the 2nd level from 12:30-4:30. Each room will have a projector and screen but facilitators should bring laptops.

The break will include regular and decaf coffee/tea, soft drinks, bottled water, and cookies.

Conference Check-in

The main room for ATTW on Wednesday will be Room 343, which is on the 3rd floor of the Hilton of the Americas. Registration will be outside of this room beginning at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, April 6th.

If you preregistered for the conference:

Look for someone with a cellphone or tablet to get you checked in quickly through Eventbrite. Pick up your nametag and program, and have a great conference!

If you registered, but need to pay onsite:

Look for Bradley Dilger or Stuart Blythe. They’ll help you finish your registration.

If you missed the online registration window:

Look for Bradley Dilger. He will be handling onsite registrations.

Poster Presentation Information

Posters should be 30″ x 40″ or smaller to fit on the foam boards that will be provided.  We will provide foam boards, binder clips, and push pins to mount the posters.

Then the foam boards will be displayed on easels.

Presenter Information

Rooms will have a projector and Internet access. Presenters should bring laptops and connecting dongles for audio visual.

Each session is an hour and fifteen minutes. In general, with a panel of four, each presenter has fifteen minutes, leaving fifteen minutes for questions. The issue of when to take questions is up to the chair and the panel, but taking questions at the end, by which time everyone has had time to present, is a good idea.

A digital conference program is available for download at

Women in TC Luncheon

The luncheon is scheduled for room 343 on the third floor of the Hilton of the Americas. Tickets to the luncheon are sold out. Organizers will check people in at the door using the Eventbrite registration information.


Please refer to the CCCC accessibility guide (link is PDF).

If you have have accessibility concerns for which you need assistance please contact Michelle Eble at

Houston Information

The local arrangements committee for CCCC has created the 4CHouston web site with information about restaurants, ground transportation, and more.




Social Media at #attwcon

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Michael J. Faris

With ATTW’s 2016 conference about a week away, I’d like to update you on ATTW’s social media efforts, highlight some of the social media activities ATTW is sponsoring, and encourage you to be involved in social media activities during the conference.

As social media coordinator for the last few years, I’ve worked with our web editor and executive committee to try to keep members informed about announcements (like CFPs and conference-related blog posts) via our Facebook page and Twitter account, and to answer questions through these sites. Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @attworg.

Over the last year, we’ve worked to increase our web presence. Our Facebook page has 656 likes (up nearly 200 likes from a year ago) and we have 826 followers on Twitter, up over 200 from a year ago.

But these are just numbers. The real power of social media is engagement—not just content pushed from ATTW to membership, but members engaging with each other. We encourage you to tweet before, during, and after the conference about presentations and your experiences and in response to each other using the hashtag #attwcon. Last year, attendees (and those not attending as well) used the hashtag to tweet or retweet 996 times the day of the conference—double the amount of engagement from the previous year. There are many benefits to tweeting at a conference: networking with other members, sharing experiences and thoughts for those who can’t attend, back channeling and asking questions during a session, creating an archive of experiences, and more. We also encourage you to post pictures from the conference on your social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, etc.) using the conference hashtag.

I use Martin Hawksey’s TAGS to archive tweets using the #ATTWcon hashtag. A publicly available archive of the hashtag is available here. You can also view of visualization of conversations using the hashtag, which also updates regularly.

Last year, ATTW invited a few members to serve as Social Media Curators. They created Storify projects that archive and share conversations and events at the conference (you should check them out!). This year, we’ve asked Allegra Smith (ASU, @argella), Jack Labriola (TTU, @jt_laby), Tiffany Wilgar (USF, @EmpressAtreyu), and Elizabeth Mackey (Minnesota, @elzmackey) to curate social media posts at the conference and create Storify projects — so follow them on Twitter and look for their Storify projects after the conference. We have also added twitter handles to the ATTW conference nametags as a way to help you connect with each other via social media.

We’re excited for the conference in Houston and continued engagement among members!

Michael J. Faris
ATTW Social Media Coordinator

Program Preview— ATTW Graduate Research Award Winners

Program Preview— ATTW Graduate Research Award Winners

We have an amazing line up of panels and presenters for ATTW 2016, and the conference is only three weeks away! We asked the ATTW 2016 Graudate Research Award recipients to introduce themselves and share the abstracts for the research panel have assembled for the conference.

Get to know Laruen Cagle, Susan Rauch, and Emily January Peterson. Then plan on attending their panel during the first session on Wednesday morning April 6th at 9:00 AM at The Hilton of Americas– Houston.

Continue reading “Program Preview— ATTW Graduate Research Award Winners”

ATTW 2016 Registration Round-Up

Smile if you already registered for #attwcon 2016!


Pre-conference registration is now closed. closes TODAY, Fri 3/25! in ten days!

If you’re planning on attending ATTW 2016 in Houston, please register for the conference now. Registration will be available at the door, but it will be faster for you (and for the registration team) if you register before the conference.

While you are registering, please renew your ATTW membership. We’ve added 20 memberships in the last two weeks, which is great news, but we still have about 50 presenters who haven’t signed up or renewed their memberships yet. Please do this along with your registration.

We can’t wait to see you in Houston! Read this letter from our conference co-chairs to learn more about the conference program.

Update 3/25: The Women in TC luncheon is SOLD OUT. Even if you’re not attending ATTW, you can still attend the Women in TC Luncheon at the ATTW conference. We are asking everyone to pre-register this year so we can plan accurately for lunches. 

If you have already registered for the conference and renewed your membership, thank you so much! We’ll see you soon!