Author: Eble

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 ahaas@ilstu.edu.

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

Duties of the ATTW Elected Positions (per the ATTW constitution: http://attw.org/about-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.

 

 

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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 eblem@ecu.edu 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 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

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.