Illustrious Panel Lineup for our January 20th Event

RESCHEDULED TO JAN 20th

Plan to join us at Guapo’s (Fiesta Room) in Bethesda for a lively, enlightening discussion with six academics from four area universities who teach in the field of technical communication. As you can see from their bios, they are involved in tech comm from a variety of perspectives and are sure to make for an evening well spent.

Please register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tech-comm-in-academia-a-panel-of-local-tech-comm-teachers-tickets-1113521573.

This event is being sponsored in part by Web First: Real Solutions for a Virtual World.

PANELISTS:

From George Mason University, Dept. of Writing

Prof. Doug Eyman, Ph.D.

Douglas Eyman, Senior Editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, is an assistant professor of English at George Mason University, where he teaches in the professional writing and rhetoric program. His dissertation, Digital Rhetoric: Ecologies and Economies of Digital Circulation (Michigan State University), received the 2007 Computers and Composition Hugh Burns Best Dissertation Award. At GMU, Doug teaches courses in Technical Communication, Web Design, Professional Writing, and Digital Rhetoric. His current research interests include digital rhetoric theory, method and practice; investigations of digital literacy acquisition and development; new media scholarship and electronic publication; information design/information architecture; teaching in digital environments and massive multiplayer online role playing games as sites of composition. Recent publications include articles in Technical Communication and Computers and Composition, and chapters in The Handbook of Research on Virtual Workplaces and New Business Practices (IGI, 2008) and Rhetorically Rethinking Usability (Hampton Press, 2008).

Prof. Susan Lawrence, Ph.D.

Susan Lawrence is Assistant Professor of English at George Mason University, where her department offers an M.A. in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and Rhetoric (PWR), and a B.A. in English with a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric. Her research focuses on the intersections of public and professional writing. She teaches graduate courses in professional writing, research methods, and discourse analysis, as well as the PWR capstone project course. She has directed undergraduate internships and teaches undergraduate courses in professional and technical writing.

From University of Maryland, College of Information Studies

Prof. Paul Jaeger, Ph.D., J.D.

Paul T. Jaeger is Assistant Professor, Director of Center for Information Policy and Electronic Government, and Associate Director of the Center for Library & Information Innovation in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. He serves as the Associate Editor of Library Quarterly. Dr. Jaeger’s research focuses on the ways in which law and policy shape information behavior. He is the author of more than ninety journal articles and book chapters, along with six books. His most recent books are Information Worlds: Social Context, Technology, & Information Behavior in the Age of the Internet (Routledge, 2010) with Gary Burnett, and Public Libraries and the Internet: Roles, Perspectives, and Implications (Libraries Unlimited, 2011) with John Carlo Bertot and Charles R. McClure. His research has been funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services, the National Science Foundation, the American Library Association, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

From University of Maryland Baltimore County, Media and Communications Studies

Prof. Donald Snyder, Ph.D.

Donald Snyder is the internship coordinator and a full-time lecturer in Media and Communication Studies at UMBC. His dissertation was Building the Virtual World: Software, Beta Testing, and the Birth and Death of The Sims Online (defended July 2009). His professional publications include the article “I Don’t Go By Sean Patrick: Online, Offline, Out Identity and SeanPatrickLive.com” in the International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies, Special Issue entitled “Queer Webs: Representations of LGBT People and Communities on the World Wide Web” (Vol. 7, Nos. 2 & 3, April/May 2002), the chapter “Life on Your Screen: Webcam Women” in Web.Studies: Rewiring Media Studies for the Digital Age (Ed. David Gauntlett, Arnold/Oxford University Press, October 2000), and numerous professional presentations.

From University of Maryland University College, Dept. of Communication Studies and Professional Writing

Prof. Connie Balcher, M.A.

Connie Balcher has an M.A. in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Linguistics from Columbia University. She is currently teaching technical writing at University of Maryland College Park and University of Maryland University College. In 2004, she founded Triple Crown Communications, LLC, providing writing training programs to the government and private sector.

Prof. Michelle Didier, M.A. , M.Ed.

Michelle Didier, adjunct associate professor, is a consultant in the information technology profession. She has developed technical documentation for the medical, scientific, financial services, real estate and telecommunications industries and state and federal government. She holds an M.Ed. from George Mason University, an M.A. in English with a Specialization in Technical Writing from Bowling Green State University, and both a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Toledo.

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Our Chapters in the New Year

Happy New Year, STCers!

Merger News: The Washington, DC and the Metro Baltimore chapters are merging. The logistics are being worked out now with STC, so we’ll have more news as the process unfolds. The leaders of both chapters have polled their members and received a favorable response to the merger proposal. We believe we can offer our members better services and more value through combined resources and cooperative efforts. New candidates running for office represent our larger geographic area. The events committee is planning to offer events throughout the greater Washington-Baltimore area. New synergies will benefit us all.

Naming Contest: We will need a new chapter name to reflect our new geographic composition. Submit your suggestions to email hidden; JavaScript is required by midnight Sunday, 1/9/11. Then we’ll include the suggestions on the ballot when voting begins for new chapter officers. The person who submitted the winning name will win a $100 cash prize.

Chapter Elections: We will hold elections via electronic survey ballots beginning 1/10/11. We now have candidates for all positions, and we’ll be posting their bios and pictures here on the blog. To review the responsibilities of each office, please see the Job Descriptions for the Chapter’s Administrative Council.

Upcoming Events: So far, we have plans for events in each of the first four months of the year. The first one, on January 18, is an exciting panel discussion with academics in technical communication. See the blog post about it and click to register. Check our Upcoming Events list periodically for updates, as the other events get posted.