Author: Eble

ATTW 2018 Relocated to Kansas City, KS

September 26, 2017

Dear ATTW members,

Given the social justice turn in technical communication, along with the current political and cultural climate, we feel strongly that our organization must continue to promote increased participation by members from underrepresented groups as their perspectives and contributions are essential to the future of our field. Maintaining and sustaining this vision and mission means that we must prioritize the voices and safety of our most vulnerable members. As such, the ATTW Executive Committee and this year’s conference program Co-Chairs, Natasha Jones and Blake Scott, take seriously the NAACP travel advisory for Missouri that advises people of color and other minorities traveling in the state to do so “with extreme CAUTION.” After careful consideration, we have decided to hold the ATTW 2018 conference March 13-14 at the Reardon Convention Center in Kansas City, Kansas, which is approximately 3 miles from the CCCC site, directly across the river.

We came to this decision through a series of discussions about our organizational goals and values, feedback solicited from our members, and the CCCCs survey responses and the Joint Caucus Statement. ATTW celebrates 45 years as an organization this year, and we concluded that the right thing to do for our organization is to move the conference so that our most vulnerable members might feel safer. Our decision to move is also one of solidarity as we take seriously the risks that some of our colleagues face with the NAACP travel advisory and the continuing injustices across our nation. The NAACP travel advisory implores us to “notify members of . . . [our] trade association . . . that they are traveling . . . in Missouri at their own risk and subject to unnecessary search seizure and potential arrest.” Because we understand that hosting the conference in KS may still require some of you to travel though MO, please know that we are developing plans for expanding accessibility and safety.

We hope the call for proposals will be distributed sometime this week, and soon after that we’ll provide additional information about lodging and travel. We are also planning social justice workshops and community engagement opportunities, and we welcome such proposals from our membership as well. As in the past, ATTW won’t schedule sessions on Thursday of the CCCCs (March 15) so that those of you participating in the CCCCs may attend both conferences.

Thank you to the members who have shared your perspectives on the ATTW 2018 conference planning. Those of you who volunteered to help with community outreach and direct action activities, safety planning, caucus forming, and more should expect to hear from us in November. If you have suggestions or comments for the executive committee, feel free to contact us, Michelle Eble at eblem@ecu.edu and Angela Haas at ahaas@ilstu.edu. We look forward to seeing all of you in Kansas City, Kansas!

Sincerely,
Michelle F. Eble
ATTW President

Angela M. Haas
ATTW Vice-President

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Jones, Moore, Walton win 2017 Nell Ann Pickett Award

Congratulations to Natasha Jones, Kristin Moore, and Rebecca Walton, who were awarded the Nell Ann Pickett Award for their article, Disrupting the Past to Disrupt the Future: An Antenarrative of Technical Communication,” published in Volume 25.4, 2016. This award is given annually for the best article in ATTW’s journal, Technical Communication Quarterly, for the previous publication year. Judges for the award are previous award winners. It is named for a founding member of the association who initiated the award and originally funded it.

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Rebecca Walton, Natasha Jones, and Kristin Moore, ATTW 2017 Awards Reception, Portland

Natasha Jones is an assistant professor at University of Central Florida. Kristin Moore is an assistant professor at Texas Tech University. Rebecca Walton is an assistant professor at Utah State University.

From Our Conference Co-Chairs

We look forward to welcoming your to the 20th Annual Conference of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW), where we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the conference itself.

The city of Portland and the anniversary suggests a Kairotic moment to gauge our field’s depths and currents, forge new tributaries, and steward a sustainable future. This is where the theme of this year’s conference came from. “Celebrating 20—Retrospection and New Directions in Technical Communication,” acts as a call for collective disciplinary reflections and envisions, to relay the legacy of ambition, retrospection, and innovation, established from the founders of our field.

Thanks to your great submissions, we have thus compiled a conference program that includes 29 concurrent sessions, 2 workshops, and 20 posters. These presentations represent a wide variety of topics on technical communication research, pedagogy, and practice. We hope you will find this conference both inviting and invigorating.  

ATTW 2017 Program (PDF)

As the largest city, Bridgetown and seaport in Oregon, Portland provides the perfect platform for ATTW’s 20th anniversary conference by reminding us of the importance of connections across disciplines, campuses, research interests, and industries. While you create professional connections at the conference, we hope you can also take time to enjoy the many cultural and historical sites as well as wonderful cuisine and breweries offered by Portland.

Please register for the conference by Friday March 3, 2016. Onsite registration will be available, but will include a $25 onsite surcharge registration fee. Attendees may register online and pay at the door if necessary.

We look forward to seeing you in person and watching the new connections forged in Portland!

Huiling Ding and Huatong Sun
ATTW Conference Co-chairs

CPTSC 2017 Call For Proposals

Conference Theme: User-centered program design

When we think of programmatic issues, we often think about our program’s identity from an administrative perspective and focus on how institutional, governmental, social, economic, and situational forces influence and shape our programs. But as programs in technical, professional, and scientific communication, where we place a high value on user-centered design and user advocacy, we should also be thinking about our users. The primary users for our programs are, of course, students. For this year’s conference, we focus on how responding to student needs shapes our programs, according to three main areas: recruitment, retention & engagement, and graduation (career advancement).

Recruitment

Student recruitment is critical to the sustainability and life of any program. In examining recruitment, we seek to raise and answer questions about what factors contribute to students choosing technical and professional communication programs.

  • What are the demographics and characteristics of students who select our programs, and how do we address this target audience when we recruit?
  • How can we market our programs, both on our campus and in our communities, to attract a diverse range of students?
  • How can we use the service course to recruit students?
  • What are the needs of students from diverse populations, and how can we address these

    needs?

  • What stakeholders, venues, and locations can we reach out to in order to recruit students?
  • In what ways can we develop our faculty, curriculum, and infrastructure to attract students?
  • What are other effective strategies for recruiting students to our programs?
  • What are other effective strategies for building program identity and marketing programs to

    students?

Retention and Engagement

Engaging and retaining students is critical to program sustainability. In examining retention and engagement, we will explore both pedagogical and administrative practices.

  • What pedagogical practices contribute to retention and meeting student needs and how effective are these practices?
  • How does service learning, community engagement, and other experiential practices contribute to retention and engagement?
  • How do internships and other practices that prepare students to be successful in the job market or in their careers contribute to retention and engagement?
  • How can we use other practices such as advising, mentoring, extracurricular and sponsored activities to improve retention and engagement? What do these practices look like?
  • How does the use of technology serve students’ needs and contribute to retention? For example, do millennials use and learn technologies differently and what does this mean for our programs in terms of resource investment and curriculum? How do programs balance student needs and technology cost?
  • How do specific delivery modes (online, hybrid, and f2f) serve students’ needs and contribute to retention and engagement?
  • What can we learn from our students while they are still in our programs to help us better retain future students and meet their needs? What types of data from current students can help us both recruit students and prepare them for their future careers?

Continue reading “CPTSC 2017 Call For Proposals”

2017 ATTW Career Workshop

Since 2009, under the leadership of Richard Johnson-Sheehan and Lisa Meloncon, the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) has offered a successful Career Workshop at the annual conference. Each year, about 25 faculty members and 30 graduate students participate.

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ATTW 2016 career workshop in Houston, Texas

The workshop gives graduate students in Technical Communication, Professional Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition opportunities to meet with faculty from a variety of universities.

The workshop will be held at the ATTW Conference in Portland, OR on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 4:00 to 5:15 pm. (Rooms TBD.) The ATTW Conference meets at the DoubleTree by the Hilton Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah St.. (You can learn more about ATTW and the ATTW Conference at http://www.attw.org/conference).

The workshop format is “speed dating.” Graduate students and faculty members meet one-to-one in five minute segments, so they can share ideas, talk about the job market, and discuss preparing for the job search.

Graduate students:

The format gives you an opportunity to meet professors from other universities, discuss your career goals and learn more about their programs. You will also receive a helpful 20-page guide that will help you navigate the job search process from beginning to end.
Please RSVP to Lora Arduser by February 24. Then, bring a one-page CV and business cards that you can leave with people in the workshop and at the conference. You do not need to be registered for the conference to participate in the workshop, but we encourage you to join us for the day.
If you have questions, email Lora Arduser (lora.arduser@uc.edu) or Lisa Meloncon (lisa.meloncon@uc.edu).

Faculty:

This workshop is always fun, and it’s a good way to meet up-and-coming members of our field and potential members of the ATTW. Even if your program isn’t hiring next year, we could use your expertise and wisdom. There is no preparation. If you might be hiring, though, this workshop is a great way to meet the people who you might want to interview next year.
To volunteer, email Lora Arduser (lora.arduser@uc.edu) with your name and affiliation by February 24, 2017.
If you are unable to attend, please share this post with your graduate students who might be interested.

Call for Participation ATTW 2017 Research Methods Workshops

ATTW 2017 Research Methods Workshops

Portland, Oregon March 14, 2017 12:30-4:30
Application deadline: December 15th
Scholarships are available!
Visit attw.org for the call for participation and full workshop descriptions
The Research Methods Workshops are an initiative of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) aimed at providing an opportunity for those entering the profession and those less trained in research to develop more sophisticated research skills.
This year, ATTW is sponsoring two Research Methods Workshops. Each workshop focuses on a methodology for data analysis and is designed to help researchers devise and try out an analytic approach.

Iconographic Tracking: A Digital Research Method for Circulation Studies

Laurie E. Gries, University of Colorado-Boulder

Conducting Quantitative Content Analysis

Ryan K. Boettger, University of North Texas

Have you collected so much content for your research that you don’t know how to analyze it all?
bottgerContent analysis (CA) is a powerful empirical method for analyzing texts, images, maps, sounds, and symbols. Briefly defined, CA is the systematic, objective, and quantitative analysis of message characteristics (Neuendorf 2016). Researchers then make inferences about the messages within the texts, the writer, and the audience. The applied nature of CA has made it popular with academics, commercial researchers, and communication practitioners. However, the method is often misapplied or mislabeled in fields like technical communication.
These two half-day workshops will be held in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday afternoon, March 14, 12:30-4:30. This is the day preceding the ATTW conference (March 15) and the CCCC conference (March 15-18).
Registration for each workshop is $100. Ten scholarships of $200 each are available to graduate students to defray the cost of the workshop and hotel.

Job Posting: two positions at Ithaca College

The Department of Writing at Ithaca College would like to announce two positions for which they are currently hiring;

Position descriptions and application instructions can be found at https://ithaca.peopleadmin.com. The application deadline for both positions is December 5, 2016.

Position 1:

The Department of Writing in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College invites applications for a tenure-eligible position in professional writing beginning August 16, 2017. The successful candidate will carry a 3-3 teaching load, mostly in workplace writing but also in one or more of the following areas: technical writing, legal and public policy writing, science and environmental writing, and/or proposal and grant writing. They also will teach first-year composition as needed. Department/college service and student advising are expected.

We seek applicants with experience in one or more of the following areas: digital media, online teaching, editing and publishing, and/or internships and service learning. Because our students must learn to work in a multicultural, global society, we are particularly interested in candidates whose pedagogy and scholarship address issues of diversity, justice, and equity in the public, private, and/or nonprofit sectors.

Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Professional/Technical Writing, Composition & Rhetoric or relevant field; PhD preferred; demonstrated excellence in, and commitment to, undergraduate teaching; evidence of effective professional writing; and record or promise of scholarship required. A humanistic approach to the field is essential since our professional writing curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts and emphasizes rhetoric and ethics.

Position 2:

The Department of Writing in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College invites applications for a three-year non-tenure-eligible position with the possibility of renewal beginning August 16, 2017. The successful candidate will carry a 3-4 teaching load and be responsible for 2-3 sections of Writing for the Workplace per semester, along with first-year composition and other professional writing courses as needed. Department/college service and student advising are expected.

We seek candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas: digital media, online teaching, editing and publishing, and/or internships and service learning. Because our students must learn to work in a multicultural, global society, we are particularly interested in applicants whose pedagogy addresses issues of diversity, justice, and equity in the public, private, and/or nonprofit sectors.

Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Professional/Technical Writing, Composition & Rhetoric or related field and demonstrated excellence in, and commitment to, undergraduate teaching required; PhD desired. Evidence of effective professional writing and a humanistic approach to the field are essential. Our practical curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts and emphasizes rhetoric and ethics.

Application Instructions:

Interested individuals should apply at https://ithaca.peopleadmin.com and attach a cover letter and CV. The applicant must also provide names and email addresses of three (3) individuals who will be asked to submit letters of reference. Emails containing a link to submit these letters will be auto-generated and sent to the applicant’s references upon final submission of application via ithaca.peopleadmin.com. Applications are not complete until all materials are received.

Inquiries about the position may be directed to the Department of Writing at 607-274-3138 at writing@ithaca.edu. Questions about the online application may be directed to the Office of Human Resources at 607-274-8000. Preliminary review of applications will begin immediately. Full review will start on December 5, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

About the Department of Writing

Ithaca College offers New York State’s only comprehensive B.A. in Writing. Blending theory and practice, our department seeks to foster clarity, invention, and expertise in various styles and genres. Students select from a diverse curriculum and may choose to concentrate in creative writing, nonfiction, feature writing, or professional writing. Diversity is also a core value of our department. We believe that writing as a discipline is enhanced when diverse groups of faculty with diverse backgrounds and ideas collaborate and learn from each other. Please visit us at www.ithaca.edu/hs/depts/writing.

About Ithaca College

Ithaca College, a comprehensive residential campus community of 6,500 students, offers a learning experience that combines the best of the liberal arts and professional education. We continually strives to build an inclusive and welcoming community of individuals, with diverse talents and skills from a multitude of backgrounds, who are committed to civility, mutual respect, social justice, and the free and open exchange of ideas.

Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to teach in ways that value the varied learning needs and interests of a culturally diverse student population and that reflect a commitment to encouraging the success of all students.

Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.
Comments: Queries about the position should be made not to me but directly to the department at 607-274-3138 or at writing@ithaca.edu.

Job posting: two positions at Portland State University

Job listings posted on behalf of Wint Tracy Dillon (dillont@pdx.edu)

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 https://jobs.hrc.pdx.edu/postings/21037. 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 http://www.pdx.edu/clas/faculty-job-openings 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.

Biography

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.

 

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 eblem@ecu.edu

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 eblem@ecu.edu.