Category: ATTW 2016

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

Picture of Michael Faris
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!


From the Conference Co-Chairs

Natalya Matveeva
Natalia Matveeva
Godwin Agboka
Godwin Agboka

Dear Colleagues,

The past year has been a busy year for social justice, because of the racial, class, gender, and economic challenges that engaged social justice advocates.  As a result, the theme for this year’s conference, “Citizenship and Advocacy in Technical Communication,” could not be more appropriate. We are excited about this year’s conference because of the obvious connections the theme makes with the communities within which we discuss and practice professional and technical communication. Against this backdrop, we are looking forward to productive discussions, forging new relationships, and building on the exciting work on social justice and community engagement in ways that cast our field as responsive to the emerging human challenges in many contexts. If you haven’t yet completed your registration, please register now. Pre-conference registration closes March 25th.

In the fall of 2016, we received many excellent, and, in many cases, very similar subject matter-related conference proposals, so making a decision about which proposal to include in the conference program was particularly challenging.  In making a decision about which proposals to accept, we relied on a number of factors: reviewer ratings, category of proposals, the novelty of proposal ideas, and number of slots for each proposal category, as allowed by the availability of rooms/sessions.

Thanks to your great submissions, we have compiled a conference program that includes talks on how we can all enrich our classrooms through service learning and/or community-based projects, how we can help protect the rights of citizens through effective writing, and how we can expand our research agendas by exploring the impacts of new technologies on citizenship and advocacy. All these topics aim to search for better ways to promote active citizenship beyond the traditional classroom to respond to various social, economic, and environmental issues.

As the most diverse city in the United States, Houston not only provides the perfect platform for this year’s conference, but downtown Houston  offers so much culture and history, good food, and wonderful scenery.

We look forward to welcoming you all to ATTW 2016 in Houston!

Godwin Agboka and Natalia Matveeva

ATTW Conference Co-chairs


Women in TC Events and ATTW luncheon Registration

ATTW 2015 Women in TC Luncheon
ATTW 2015 Women in TC Luncheon

Please be aware of these upcoming events from one of our partner organizations, Women in Technical Communication. Women in TC  provides a space for women to address issues that affect their lives and builds mentoring programs/infrastructures to respond to these varied needs. Women in TC is a valuable resource for pedagogy, research, and mentoring—and one of the hottest tickets at ATTW in Houston. Participate in upcoming events and reserve your seat at the luncheon now!

Update 3/25: The Women in TC luncheon is SOLD OUT.

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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!