Geisler and Zachry Elevated to ATTW Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Cheryl Geisler of Simon Fraser University and Dr. Mark Zachry of University of Washington, who were elevated to ATTW Fellow at the 2019 ATTW Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on March 13, 2019.

The citations read by Bill Hart-Davidson will be posted here soon.

ATTW Fellows are named and honored for their major contributions to the organization and to the discipline of technical communication.

The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) is an active professional organization of teachers, researchers, and practitioners of technical communication. Formed in 1973 to encourage dialogue among teachers of technical communication and to develop technical communication as an academic discipline, the organization boasts an international and interdisciplinary membership. ATTW produces Technical Communication Quarterly, a leading academic journal, and it collaborates with Taylor & Francis/Routledge to publish the ATTW Book Series in Technical and Professional Communication.

ATTW Announces 2019 Graduate Research Awards

ATTW is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 ATTW Graduate Research Awards. In our commitment to advancing graduate students in the field, the award’s purpose is to support and advance the research of graduate students in the latter stages of their PhD programs.

Congratulations to the following recipients for their potential contributions to research in technical and professional communication:

Postcolonial Technologies & Magic Language: Critical Discourse of GhanaPostGPS
Edzordzi Agbozo, Michigan Tech

Ways to Move, Ways to Map: Making Space for Neurodiversity in Design
Leah Heilig, Texas Tech University

A Techne of Marginality: Theorizing from Black Minds to Hold White Bodies Accountable
Cecilia D. Shelton, East Carolina University

#MeToo, Multi-Layered Platforms, and Platforms of Power
Sarah Warren-Riley, Illinois State University

The Graduate Research Award recipients presented their work at a featured session at the ATTW Conference in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 and were honored at the awards ceremony.

The award selection committee was really impressed with the quality and potential contributions of these research projects as well as the others submitted.

The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) is an active professional organization of teachers, researchers, and practitioners of technical communication. Formed in 1973 to encourage dialogue among teachers of technical communication and to develop technical communication as an academic discipline, the organization boasts an international and interdisciplinary membership. ATTW produces Technical Communication Quarterly, a leading academic journal, and it collaborates with Taylor & Francis/Routledge to publish the ATTW Book Series in Technical and Professional Communication.

Kessler and Graham Awarded 2019 Nell Ann Pickett Award

Congratulations to Molly M. Kessler and S. Scott Graham who were awarded the Nell Ann Pickett Award for their article, “Terminal Node Problems: ANT 2.0 and Prescription Drug Labels,” published in Technical Communication Quarterly, Volume 27.2, 2018. 

The Award Selection Committee noted that “Kessler and Graham ambitiously challenge presuppositions of actor-network theory research in technical communication, in particular past synchronic approaches and explanations of durability.  But they do not limit their research to critique, also offering innovative ways to reframe such problems. Their demonstration of diachronic processes of PDL construction opens up new research pathways, and we believe this article will be a reference point for scholars applying actor-network theory for years to come.”

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 Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) is an active professional organization of teachers, researchers, and practitioners of technical communication. Formed in 1973 to encourage dialogue among teachers of technical communication and to develop technical communication as an academic discipline, the organization boasts an international and interdisciplinary membership. ATTW produces Technical Communication Quarterly, a leading academic journal, and it collaborates with Taylor & Francis/Routledge to publish the ATTW Book Series in Technical and Professional Communication.

ATTW Announces 2019 Amplification Awards

ATTW is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 ATTW Amplification Awards. As part of ATTW’s commitment to social justice practices and increasing organizational participation and supporting research from underrepresented scholars and teachers of technical communication, ATTW offers up to three awards to recognize and amplify the important contributions of underrepresented students and/or non-tenure track faculty presenting at ATTW 2019 in Pittsburgh. The award includes a conference registration waiver and financial assistance ($500) with the costs of traveling to ATTW 2019. Award recipients were honored at the ATTW awards reception.

Congratulations to the following recipients who presented their research at the ATTW 2019 Conference in Pittsburgh

Exploring Documentation and Rhetorical Practices of Addressing Public Health Crises During Nepal Earthquake 2015
Sweta Baniya, Purdue University

“My Blood Cells When I Take My Truvada”: Examining Twitter Users’ Engagement with PrEP, Truvada, and Sexual Health
Ryan Murphy, Purdue University

The award selection committee was really impressed with the quality and potential contributions of these research projects as well as the others submitted. Award recipients were featured and presented their research in at the annual ATTW conference, which was held on March 12-13, 2019, in Pittsburgh.

The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) is an active professional organization of teachers, researchers, and practitioners of technical communication. Formed in 1973 to encourage dialogue among teachers of technical communication and to develop technical communication as an academic discipline, the organization boasts an international and interdisciplinary membership. ATTW produces Technical Communication Quarterly, a leading academic journal, and it collaborates with Taylor & Francis/Routledge to publish the ATTW Book Series in Technical and Professional Communication.

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ATTW Amplification Awards

As part of ATTW’s commitment to social justice practices and increasing organizational participation and supporting research from underrepresented scholars and teachers of technical communication, ATTW is offering up to three awards to recognize and amplify the important contributions of underrepresented students and/or non-tenure track faculty presenting at ATTW 2018 in Kansas City, Kansas. The award includes a conference registration waiver and financial assistance ($500) with the costs of traveling to ATTW 2018. Award recipients will be honored at the ATTW awards reception.

Eligible candidates for this award include students and non-tenure-track faculty whose race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and/or nationality are underrepresented in the field of technical communication. Applications include an extended abstract (not more than 750 words) that summarizes the applicant’s ATTW presentation and its contribution(s) to the field of technical communication. The Awards Selection Committee will prioritize abstracts that are clearly defined and offer significant pedagogical, theoretical, and/or methodological contributions to the field of technical communication.

Call for Applications: ATTW Information Officer/ Communications Team

ATTW’s Executive Committee requests applications for ATTW’s Information Officer and Communications Team, which should consist of Website Editor(s) and a Social Media Coordinator, to begin May 15, 2019.

ATTW’s Information Officer and Communications Team will assist ATTW by guiding our use of networked resources to enable the continued growth and development of the organization. The technical and creative work required in the position also offers opportunities for, and may contribute to, the applicant’s digital research agenda.

Parties interested should send the following by April 15, 2019 to Michelle Eble at eblem@ecu.edu:

  • letter of application responding to the needs noted in the following description,
  • vita, and
  • a letter of support from the applicant’s administration (department chair and/or dean); release time and graduate student assistance is welcome but not required. (ATTW will provide up to $3,000 for graduate students per year, if needed).

The ATTW Information Officer/Website Editor will have the following duties:

The Information Officer/Website Editor will serve as a leader in the ATTW organization and will have the opportunity to shape the direction of ATTW by leveraging internet technologies.  This officer should understand new trends and possibilities on the internet and make recommendations to the Executive Committee to guide the organization’s decisions about its web and social media presence. The Executive Committee is committed to providing feedback and support for the work of this officer and welcomes the active development of new content strategy. The office should work with their team members to implement strategies and solutions and foster collaborations that take advantage of what current technologies have to offer. In the recent past, these have included making new services available to our members via social networking, collaborative authorship with open source projects, and integration of web services through APIs. Developments that coincide with the editor’s personal research agenda are particularly encouraged.

Website Development

  • Develop and expand site content as needed. Work with ATTW committee chairs and the executive committee (including book series and journal editors) to update content. Update functional aspects of the site as needed or as upgrades become available.
  • Assist ATTW in using its website and social media to better engage members, enhance participation, and grow the organization’s value as a professional resource. Recommend and implement new ways to enable interaction on the website and find ways to expand existing means of interaction.

Website Maintenance

  • Maintain critical functions on the ATTW website. These include, especially, Bulletin/Blog, TCQ, ATTW Book Series, and Conference pages. These also include “commercial” aspects of the site, such as interactions that facilitate conference proposal and review, registration, and payment. These functions involve the ability to work with external partners and vendors to facilitate usable and useful experiences for our members.
  • Maintain site integrity and security. This includes keeping all the software and plugins for a given web CMS platform current, updating all critical security patches, etc.
  • Collaborate with the conference program chair(s), conference coordinator, and ATTW’s secretary and treasurer to coordinate the proposal submission system, registration system, conference web pages and other materials as outlined in the conference planning calendar.

Committee and Officer Liaison

  • Serve on the ATTW Executive Committee and report to the Executive Committee on a regular basis regarding website maintenance and status. A brief progress report should be sent to the Executive Committee annually.
  • Collaborate with other ATTW entities and work with them to develop website content and functionalities that meet their needs.
  • Collaborate with the Bulletin/Blog, TCQ, and ATTW Book Series editors to meet their needs. Help them to improve existing features and develop new features of the publications.
  • Collaborate with the ATTW treasurer and other officers, as needed, on development of registration and membership aspects of the site and on any other issues involving payment or articulation with Taylor & Francis.

Membership Development
Find and implement ways to use the website as a marketing and promotional tool for the organization.

Communication Technologies
Administer the ATTW-L and ExComm-L listservs and ATTW email account.

Social Media Liaison

  • Work with social media coordinator(s) of ATTW social network sites.
  • Work to develop collaboration with non-ATTW social media and web-based endeavors relevant to ATTW members.

The ATTW web editor should have the following qualifications:

Web Design Experience

  • Advanced knowledge of current web authoring technologies including html and CSS.
  • Knowledge of current web design standards, including web accessibility.
  • Understanding of user experience (UX) quality standards and best practices.

Knowledge of Software

  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with relevant content management systems. The web editor is expected to be proficient in WordPress.
  • Ability and willingness to critically evaluate software, vendor services, and platforms and to make changes when needed.

Familiarity with the ATTW Organization

Be a member of ATTW in good standing and be familiar with the organization and its members.

The ATTW web editor should meet the following parameters and expectations:

The web editor position is a 2-year term with opportunity for renewal.

Like the organization’s journal editor, the web editor is expected to be the primary person fulfilling the duties listed above. Qualified graduate and undergraduate students may assist in technical duties that do not include access to any personal information about members, such as conference proposal reviews and financial records, or proprietary financial information about the organization; however, the web editor should provide oversight and assume responsibility for any student-completed tasks. Accountability will rest with the web editor.

The ATTW Social Media Coordinator will have the following duties:

  1. Manage social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and other sites as needed
  2. Respond to queries on these sites
  3. Schedule regular announcements and updates to run on these sites
  4. Keep data on reach & engagement (e.g., Facebook likes, reach for posts, etc.)
  5. Select social media curators to tweet and post about the annual conference
  6. Promote engagement on Twitter and other sites before, during, and after the conference (e.g., ask participants to use the #attwcon hashtag)
  7. Work closely with the Web Editor to effectively advertise ATTW messages
  8. Share other resources relevant to membership (e.g., CFPs, news stories, etc.)
  9. Archive conference tweets using the #attwcon hashtag (using Hawksey or another service)
  10. Maintain security of accounts through selecting and managing strong passwords