State of Education in TC—Panel

Rebekka Andersen, Ph.D. | Associate Professor, University Writing Program, University of California, Davis
Carlos Evia, Ph.D. | Associate Professor and Director of Professional and Technical Writing, Virginia Tech
Stan Doherty | Technical Publications Manager, SimpliVity Corporation
Andrea Ames | CEO/Founder, Idyll Point LLC
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In this webinar, speakers from industry and academia who have been researching the state of education in technical communication will discuss

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    In this webinar, speakers from industry and academia who have been researching the state of education in technical communication will discuss

    • how roles and hiring needs in the industry are changing
    • what employers see and need from new college hires
    • what the current landscape of education in technical communication looks like
    • how those working in industry might partner with academic programs to help bridge skills gaps

    The education landscape includes degree-granting undergraduate and graduate programs, minors and specializations, and certificate and extension programs—as well as a great deal of variation in the focus and structure of these programs. The speakers will offer insight into some of the academic debates that shape program and curriculum design, and they will describe several ways those working in industry might partner with academic programs in technical communication to help bridge the gap between what employers see and need from new college hires.

     

    TC Programs - Move toward Interdisciplinarity
    MSOE - Humanities, Social Science and Communication Department
    BS in User Experience and Communication Design
    https://tinyurl.com/y7ogf845 & https://tinyurl.com/y7qajbv7

    ASU - College of Integrative Sciences and Arts (polytechnic campus)
    BS or BAS in Technical Communication
    (w/optional concentration in UX)
    https://tinyurl.com/y7go4a99 & https://tinyurl.com/ycjwr7rj

    MSU - College of Arts and Letters
    BA in Experience Architecture
    http://xa.cal.msu.edu/about/ & http://xa.cal.msu.edu/degree/

    Recommended Readings
    Batova, T., & R. Andersen, (2017), “A Systematic Literature Review of Changes in Roles/Skills in Component Content Management Environments and Implications for Education,” Technical Communication Quarterly, 26(2), 1–28.

    Bridgeford, T. & K. St.Amant, eds. (2015), Academy-Industry Relationships and Partnerships: Perspectives for Technical Communicators, Amityville, NY: Baywood.

    Brumberger, E. & C. Lauer, (2015), “The Evolution of Technical Communication: An Analysis of Industry Job Postings,” Technical Communication, 62(4), 224–243.

    Hall, N., (2015), “Departmental Positioning of Technical and Professional Communication,” Programmatic Perspectives, 7(2), 50–78. http://www.cptsc.org/pp/vol7-2/hall.pdf

    Henschell, S. & L. Meloncon, (2014), “Of Horsemen and Layered Literacies: Assessment Instruments for Aligning Technical and Professional Communication Undergraduate Curricula with Professional Expectations,” Programmatic Perspectives, 6(1), 3–26. http://www.cptsc.org/pp/vol6-1/henschel&meloncon.pdf

    Kimbal, M. (2016), “The Golden Age of Technical Communication,” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 47(3), 330–358.

    Meloncon, L. & S. Henschel, (2013), “Current State of U.S. Undergraduate Degree Programs in Technical and Professional Communication,” Technical Communication, 60(1), 45–64. http://tek-ritr.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/undergrad_degrees.pdf

    Meloncon, L., (2014), “Curricular Challenges of Emphasis Degrees in Technical and Professional Communication,” in T. Bridgeford, K. Kitalong, & B. Williamson (Eds.), Sharing Our Intellectual Traces: Narrative Reflections from Administrators of Professional, Technical, and Scientific Communication Programs (pp. 179–200). Amityville, NY: Baywood.

    Meloncon, M., (2012), “Current Overview of Academic Certificates in Technical and Professional Communication in the United States.” Technical Communication, 59, 207–222. http://tek-ritr.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/certificates.pdf

    Meloncon, L., (2009), “Master’s Programs in Technical Communication: A Current Overview,” Technical Communication, 56(2), 137–148. http://tek-ritr.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/meloncon_may_20091.pdf

    Nugent, J., (2013), “A Survey of U.S. Certificate Programs in Technical Communication,” Programmatic Perspectives, 5(1), 58–85. http://cptsc.org/pp/vol5-1/nugent.pdf

    Redish, G., & C. Barnum, (2011), “Overlap, Influence, Intertwining: The Interplay of UX and Technical Communication,” Journal of Usability Studies, 6(3), 90–101. http://uxpajournal.org/overlap-influence-intertwining-the-interplay-of-ux-and-technical-communication/

    Shalamova, N, (2016), “Blending Engineering Content with Design Thinking and UX to Maximize Student Engagement in a Technical Communication Class.” Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE Professional Communication Society Conference.

    Stanton , Rhonda. (2017). ”Do Technical/Professional Writing (TPW) Programs Offer What Students Need for Their Start in the Workplace? A Comparison of Requirements in Program Curricula and Job Ads in Industry.” Technical Communication, 64(3), 223-236.

    Yeats, D. & I. Thompson, (2010). “Mapping Technical and Professional Communication: A Summary and Survey of Academic Locations for Programs,” Technical Communication Quarterly, 19(3), 225–261.

     

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    about the presenter(s)

    Rebekka Andersen, Ph.D.,
    Associate Professor in the University Writing Program
    University of California, Davis

    Rebekka Andersen is an associate professor in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis, where she teaches courses in professional and technical communication and digital literacy. She serves on the CIDM Advisory Council, as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, and on the review board of several journals in the field of technical communication. Her research focuses on the diffusion of content management methodologies and technologies in information development teams and on building stronger connections between academia and industry.

    Carlos Evia, Ph.D.,
    Director of Professional and Technical Writing
    Associate Professor of Technical Communication
    Virginia Tech

    Carlos Evia is an associate professor and director of Professional and Technical Writing at Virginia Tech, where he also conducts research for the Centers in Human-Computer Interaction and Innovation in Construction Safety, Health, and Wellbeing. He is also a member of the DITA Technical Committee and co-chair (with Michael Priestley) of the Lightweight DITA subcommittee. He is the lead author of the LwDITA technical specification.

    Stan Doherty,
    Technical Publications Manager,
    SimpliVity Corporation

    Stan Doherty lives in the Boston area and works as a technical publications manager at SimpliVity Corporation, a networking start-up. He participates as a voting member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee, serves as secretary for the OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee, and supports companies in New England considering DITA. Feel free to contact Stan if you are considering DITA, DITA tools, and DITA-aware CCMSs.

    Andrea Ames,
    CEO/Founder,
    Idyll Point LLC

    Andrea L. Ames, M.S., has more than 25 years of experience in technical communication, specializing in content information experience strategy, architecture, design, and usability. She is a speaker and teacher on these topics, as well as technical communication industry trends, strategy, leadership, and professional development.