Author: Eble

ATTW Announces 2018 Graduate Research Awards

ATTW is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 ATTW Graduate Research Awards. In our commitment to advancing graduate students in the field, the award’s purpose is to support and advance the research of graduate students in the latter stages of their PhD programs.

Congratulations to the following recipients for their potential contributions to research in technical and professional communication:

Breeanne Matheson, Utah State University, “[Taking] Responsibility for the Community”: Claiming Power and Legitimacy in Technical and Professional Communication in India”

Maria Poznahovska, Carnegie Mellon University, “Negotiating Collaboration:  Preparing Students for Workplace Co-Writing Amidst Linguistic Proficiency Differences”

John T. Sherrill, Purdue University, “From Pussyhats to Gynepunk: DIY Feminism in Post-Industrial Spaces”

The Graduate Research Award recipients will present on their work at a panel at the ATTW Conference on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Session D2, at 10:45 AM in Kansas City, KS.

The award selection committee was really impressed with the quality and potential contributions of these research projects as well as the others submitted. Award recipients will be featured and present their research in a panel at the annual ATTW conference, which will be held on March 13-14, 2018, in Kansas City, KS.

The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) is an active professional organization of teachers, researchers, and practitioners of technical communication. Formed in 1973 to encourage dialogue among teachers of technical communication and to develop technical communication as an academic discipline, the organization boasts an international and interdisciplinary membership. ATTW produces Technical Communication Quarterly, a leading academic journal, and it collaborates with Taylor & Francis/Routledge to publish the ATTW Book Series in Technical and Professional Communication.


ATTW 2018 Conference Program & Registration

We are pleased to share the preliminary schedule and program for the ATTW 2018 Conference in Kansas City, KS at this link: We are excited that this year our conference is a full 2-day event, hosted on Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14th at the Reardon Convention Center. Concurrent panels will take place on both days. In addition, our first-ever plenary panel will take place during a dedicated session (no concurrent sessions) on Wednesday, March 14th at 9am.

At this time, we are unable to make any major changes to the schedule (including accommodating requests for presentations on specific days). But please help us double-check the accuracy of your information and that of co-presenters’, if applicable (email with any corrections).

Please use this schedule as you plan your travel for the conference. Note that the deadline for reserving your hotel room at the discounted block rate has been extended to Wednesday, Feb. 14. Here is the hotel information:

Hilton Garden Inn (located next door to the Reardon Convention Center)
520 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City,
Kansas 66101
Tel: +1-913-342-7900 Fax: +1-913-342-7901

Finally, registration for the conference is now open and can be accessed here:

We are looking forward to seeing you in Kansas City, KS! Thank you for your support of ATTW.

All best,
Natasha Jones and Blake Scott
Conference Co-Chairs

ATTW 2018 Amplification Awards

On behalf of the ATTW Executive Committee, I’m excited to announce a new award that will be given for the first time at ATTW 2018 in Kansas City, Kansas. If you are graduate student or non tenure-track faculty member who has been accepted to present at ATTW 2018, please read below to see if you are eligible for this award. Applications are due by January 30, 2018.



ATTW Amplification Awards

As part of ATTW’s commitment to social justice practices and increasing organizational participation and supporting research from underrepresented scholars and teachers of technical communication, ATTW is offering three awards to recognize and amplify the important contributions of underrepresented students and/or non-tenure track faculty presenting at ATTW 2018 in Kansas City, Kansas. The award includes a conference registration waiver and financial assistance ($500) with the costs of traveling to ATTW 2018. Award recipients will be honored at the ATTW awards reception.

Eligible candidates for this award include students and non-tenure-track faculty whose race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and/or nationality are underrepresented in the field of technical communication. Applications include an extended abstract (not more than 750 words) that summarizes the applicant’s ATTW presentation and its contribution(s) to the field of technical communication. The Awards Selection Committee will prioritize abstracts that are clearly defined and offer significant pedagogical, theoretical, and/or methodological contributions to the field of technical communication.

Applications should be submitted to by 11:59 PM PST, January 30, 2018.  


ATTW 2018 Research Workshops

ATTW 2018 Research Methods Workshops
March 13, 2018 1:30-5:30
Scholarships Available!

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:

  • Tiane Donahue, Dartmouth College Institute for Writing and Rhetoric and Université de Lille, France, on Analyzing Cross-cultural Data in an International Context, and
  • Cheryl Geisler, Simon Fraser University, on Coding Language Reliably.

These two half-day workshops will be held in The Reardon Convention Center in Kansas City, Kansas on Tuesday afternoon, March 13, 1:30-5:30.  This is the first day of the ATTW conference (March 13-14) and the day before the CCCC conference (March 14-17).

Each workshop focuses on a methodology for data analysis and is designed to help researchers devise and try out an analytic approach. Analyzing Cross-cultural Data in an International Context, with Tiane Donahue focuses on planning and completing a qualitative analysis of cross-cultural data.  Coding Language Reliably with Cheryl Geisler focuses on measuring and improving the agreement between coders.  Complete descriptions of these workshops can be found at:



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.

Participation in these workshops is awarded on a competitive basis and constitutes a place on the ATTW program.

To apply for a place in one of these workshops, download and complete the application form found at

Application Form:

The deadline for applications has been extended January 30, 2018 and acceptances will be emailed to you by Feb 2.

Questions about these workshops can be directed to Cheryl Geisler (, Chair of the ATTW Committee on Research.

ATTW Membership Information–Join/Renew

As we look forward to celebrating the 45th anniversary of ATTW this March 13-14 in Kansas City, Kansas, the ATTW executive committee wanted to take a moment to thank its members for their participation in the ATTW community. Because of your continuing support as members of ATTW, we will host a two-day conference that supports diverse scholarship and several opportunities for professional development, offer conference funding opportunities for graduate students to showcase their research, sponsor scholarships to the Research Methods Workshops so students can continue to find mentors and develop their work, and recognize and amplify the important contributions of underrepresented students and/or non-tenure track faculty within technical communication presenting at ATTW 2018.

I think it’s an exciting time to be a member of ATTW!

Please check your membership status since we’ll be electing new members to the Executive Committee in February. If you’re not currently an ATTW member, or you haven’t already renewed your membership for 2018, please be sure to do so as soon as possible because ballots will be emailed to current ATTW members mid-February in order to elect a vice-president and three members-at-large in time for the conference.

Joining or renewing your membership in ATTW is linked to subscribing or renewing your subscription to Technical Communication Quarterly. Check out the membership page of the ATTW website for instructions on how to join or renew your ATTW membership.

ATTW members who would like to check the status of their membership may do so by accessing  the Taylor & Francis Access Entitlements page but this requires a prior login username and password.

I look forward to seeing many of you in March as we convene for our annual conference. Thanks!

Michelle F. Eble, ATTW President


ATTW 2018 Graduate Research Award CFP

In our commitment to advancing graduate students in the field, ATTW is pleased to announce the 2018 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 Kansas City, Kansas in 2018, 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 submit (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.

Completed applications should be submitted online:

Important Dates

Application deadline: January 20, 2018

Notification of award recipients: February 5, 2018

ATTW Conference: March 13-14, 2018


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

Note: The selection committee for these research awards operate outside the conference proposal submission process. In the event that graduate students are selected for this award, they would present at a work-in-progress panel award panel.

Seeking Nominations for ATTW Vice-President & At-Large Members

Every three years the ATTW membership elects a new vice president (who goes on to serve as president) and three members-at-large. As current ATTW Vice President, I am writing to solicit nominations for these positions (duties briefly outlined below). If you or someone you know would be a good candidate for any of these positions, please send Angela Haas your nomination(s) by December, 9, 2017 to

The nominating committee will meet mid-December to finalize a slate of candidates.

Duties of the ATTW Elected Positions (per the ATTW constitution:

The Members-at-Large shall

  1. Perform all duties and functions requested by the President or the Executive Committee through the President; and
  2. Serve on the Executive Committee.

The Vice President shall

  1. Perform all duties and functions requested by the President;
  2. Perform all duties and functions of the President when the President is incapacitated;
  3. Chair the Nominating Committee; and
  4. Serve on the Executive Committee.

Because the VP goes on to serve as President, I have included those duties as well.

The President shall

  1. Serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the organization;
  2. Chair the Executive Committee;
  3. Preside at all meetings scheduled for the conduct of the organization’s business/affairs;
  4. Represent the organization at all official functions;
  5. Present all matters of organizational operations and business to the Executive Committee for its information and/or approval.
  6. Submit all proposals for the expenditure of organizational funds in amounts exceeding $250.00 to the Executive Committee for approval; and shall
  7. Appoint individuals and committees as needed to conduct the business/affairs of the organization in an efficient and timely manner.



Call for TCQ Editor & Host Institution

Search for Editor and Host Institution: Technical Communication Quarterly (TCQ)

The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) is seeking an editor and institutional home for Technical Communication Quarterly for a five-year, renewable commitment to begin September 1, 2018. The initial issue for the new editor(s) will be the first issue for 2019, but the appointed editor should be available to work with the current editor between July 1 and September 1, 2018. TCQ is published as a print journal four times per year by Taylor & Francis, LLC. The journal is also published online, and it is now included in the publisher’s iFirst workflow, which means that preprint versions of forthcoming articles are published throughout the year on the journal’s website, changing the traditionally structured concrete deadlines to a more continuous workflow.

The new editor should be an accomplished scholar, a tenured member of the faculty, and a member of ATTW who is conversant with and committed to its goals. A successful proposal must demonstrate both the prospective editor’s credentials and institutional support for publishing the journal.

Taylor & Francis, as well as ATTW, will provide some annual financial support for the journal. Taylor & Francis produces, promotes, and distributes the journal and thus is responsible for subscriptions, marketing, and advertising. The new editor will likely need an editorial team, especially for copyediting manuscripts, to ensure the high quality of final articles. Applicants should be sure to discuss the financial contribution of the proposed host institution.

The prospective editor will solicit articles, arrange for blind reviews, provide feedback to authors, deliver manuscripts to Taylor &Francis according to the schedule they have set, nominate articles and special issues for appropriate awards and recognition, provide an annual report of the state of the journal, chair the editorial board, and meet annually with the ATTW Executive Committee at the ATTW conference.

The completed, brief proposal (2-3 pages) must include the following:

  • name of editor(s) and rank
  • statement of vision for the journal
  • projected annual budget, highlighting institutional commitment

Proposals should also include:

  • letters of support from institution’s administration
  • current vita of editor(s)

Proposals should be sent to ATTW President Michelle F. Eble by January 15, 2017. Following discussion and consideration with the executive committee of ATTW, the announcement of the editor will be made by April 2018.
For more information, contact Michelle F. Eble at or 252.328.6042.

Accepting Proposals for ATTW 2018

Please join us in Kansas City, Kansas for ATTW 2018 where we will be celebrating 45 Years!

You can now submit proposals for the ATTW 2018 conference, “Precarity and Possibility: Engaging Technical Communication’s Politics,” which will be held on Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14 at the Reardon Convention Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

Proposals are due November 15, 2017.

See the 2018 Call for Proposals as well as a statement from the Conference Program Co-chairs, Natasha Jones and Blake Scott.

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 and Angela Haas at We look forward to seeing all of you in Kansas City, Kansas!

Michelle F. Eble
ATTW President

Angela M. Haas
ATTW Vice-President