Month: February 2016

Who wouldn’t want to speed date?

Since 2009, ATTW has held a Graduate Student Career Workshop to help graduate students understand the job market.

Richard Johnson-Sheehan, who is a Professor at Purdue University, started the whole thing, and I’ve been fortunate enough to help him out from the start. And, I have to say it’s always been one of the highlights of the year for me. Why? Because it’s a great chance for faculty and grad students alike to get know one another. I love finding out what new topics are being explored and getting to know the “next generation.” There are a number of students from the first workshop that I talk to regularly. One can never have too many people in your network!

Students will get a handout we’ve prepared that gives an overview to the job market specific to TPC, and they will have the perfect opportunity—a captive audience really—to ask questions about the job market or to ask questions about programs and faculty life.

Past participants, student and faculty both, have reported one of the highlights of the event is getting to know faculty and programs that are different from their own doctoral institutions. Over 65% of programs in technical and professional communication (TPC) are not at doctoral level schools so to give students the chance to find out what life is like at different kinds of schools is paramount to their success.

Practical Specifics

When is the event?

4:00 pm on April 6.

How do you participate?

Email me and let me know you want to participate.

What will happen during the session?

There’s a reason that we call this workshop, Speed Dating. It’s because you’ll start with someone and talk for about 5-7 minutes and then you’ll move on to the next person. There’s no need to prepare. It’s an informal conversation where students can ask questions about the faculty member’s program and also tell them a little bit about the type of research that you’re doing. That way during the session, everyone will have talked to a number of people.

What if I have questions?

Just let me know and I’ll answer them or find someone that can.

ATTW 2016 Registration is Now Open

Registration for the ATTW 2016 conference in Houston is now open! We are trying EventBrite this year as we look for ways to simplify the registration process for both members and ATTW volunteers:

  • You can register, pay for your conference registration, and register for the Women in Technical Communication luncheon through our registration portal on EventBrite.
  • Registration costs will be the same as in 2015.
  • Pay with a credit card or mail us a check — though we much prefer the former.
  • Pay in advance or at the door — though again, the former is preferred.
  • Online registration will close March 25.

Questions about registration? Trouble? Please email us at

ATTW membership—required for conference presenters—is still renewed through Taylor and Francis. Find instructions on how to renew on the ATTW website. If you have questions about your membership status, contact Michelle McMullin at

We’re error-checking the 2016 conference program now. Watch for upcoming posts from conference chairs Natalya Matveeva and Godwin Agboka about the sessions you can expect this year.

More information about the conference can be found at See you in Houston!

Conference Program Advertisements and other Sponsorship Opportunities

If you would like to advertise your technical and professional communication program at the ATTW 2016 conference, here’s your chance. For the ATTW 2016 conference, we have kept the price for advertising to $100, and we invite you to consider helping to sponsor the conference by advertising in the conference program.  Continue reading “Conference Program Advertisements and other Sponsorship Opportunities”