Congratulations to Jared S. Colton, Steve Holmes, and Josephine Walwema, who were awarded the Nell Ann Pickett Award for their article, “From NoobGuides to #OpKKK: Ethics of Anonymous’ Tactical Technical Communication,” published in Volume 26.1, 2017. The Award Selection Committee noted that “one thing that makes this article exemplary is that it engages with concepts we thought we knew–de Certeau’s tactics and strategies–and helps us to see them in a new way. It is one of those rare “both/and” pieces that raises concerns about a widely accepted framework withoutdisregarding its value and that identifies shortcomings andproposes strategies for mitigating them. Fitting with this year’s ATTW conference theme, this article engages deeply and carefully with theory, vividly illustrating why theory matters by tracing out precarities and possibilities for ethical interventions in the world.”
Congratulations also to Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher‘s for her article “Crowdfunding Science: Exigencies and Strategies in an Emerging Genre of Science Communication,” which was named honorable mention by the committee. They wrote that “this article reports on a rigorously designed empirical study of a new genre in science communication. This piece ties into a multitude of relevant considerations of our field– from proposal writing to social media, from building credibility to clearly communicating technical information to lay audiences, from preparing students for ever-changing workplaces to identifying key opportunities for future research.”
The Nell Ann Pickett 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.
The ATTW Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Rebecca Walton has been appointed the next editor of Technical Communication Quarterly (TCQ)and will begin her termlater this summer. Her institution, Utah State University, will be the new institutional home for the journal. We are excited about the future of TCQ under Dr. Walton’s editorial leadership, and we are thrilled to have Dr. Walton join ATTW’s Executive Committee as well.
Dr. Walton’s vision for TCQ is to “maintain its top-notch reputation while growing its readership and the diversity of authors.” She will “focus on retaining a particular set of strengths cultivated by current and past leadership, while prioritizing a set of strategies to further strengthen the journal and, by extension, the field.” These strategies include expanding the pool of journal reviewers to include more scholars who are earlier in their careers. She sees this strategy as an important investment in the field that can increase readership and maintain a pipeline of excellent, more diverse leadership for the journal. Dr. Walton’s qualifications include a significant record of publication; familiarity with journal editing, having guest edited two special issues; experience in copyediting, project management, and supervising (both in industry and in academia); and a strong international network of mutually supportive colleagues.
Thanks to TCQ’s current editorial team—Donna Kain, Brent Henze, and Suzan Flanagan—and to East Carolina University’s Department of English for their work and support of TCQ for the last five years.
Technical Communication Quarterly is published as a print journal four times per year by Taylor & Francis, LLC. TCQ 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.
Biography Dr. Rebecca Walton is an associate professor of technical communication and rhetoric at Utah State University. Her research interests include social justice, human rights, and qualitative methods for crosscultural research. Primarily a field researcher, she has collaborated with organizations such as the Red Cross, Mercy Corps, and World Vision to conduct research in countries including Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, and Bolivia. Her co-authored work has won several national awards: CCCC Best Article on Philosophy or Theory of Technical or Scientific Communication in 2018, the Nell Ann Pickett Award in 2016 and in 2017, and the STC Distinguished Article Award in 2017.