Professor Ann Hill Duin and her team are redefining the approach to research through their collaboratory. Their organic approach is leading them to groundbreaking discoveries regarding the impact of wearable technology on composition pedagogy and technical communication.
Through their partnership with iFixIt.com, Professor Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch leads her students in experiential learning, preparing them for life after college by giving them the opportunity to write web instructions for an external client.
Brian Larson was interviewed by Georgia Public Broadcasting about his study “Gender/Genre: The lack of gendered register in texts requiring genre knowledge.” The study is published in the October edition of the journal Written Communication.
Through this comparative study, based on extensive archival research and data-driven analysis, Kennedy illuminates the deeply situated nature of authorship, which is dependent on cultural approval and stable funding sources as much as it is on original genius and the ownership of intellectual property. Kennedy's work significantly revises long-held notions of authorial agency and autonomy, establishing the continuity of new writing projects such as wikis with longstanding authorial practices that she calls textual curation.
WRC welcomes three research assistants to the team this semester. The RAs are undergraduate students interested in learning more about wearables and emerging technologies, and are devoted to assisting the core members of the team to conduct their respective research and studies.
The Technical Communication Advisory Board (TCAB) consists of a diverse group of industry professionals who benefit the department in several ways: from serving as guest speakers in classes, attending networking events, and serving as mentor to graduate students. “It’s really a win-win: TCAB involvement can help to strengthen the program itself, and it gives students an opportunity to learn about networking with potential mentors and employers,” says TCAB coordinator Liz Fendley.
Program/Project Specialist Shannon Klug and Professor John Logie applied for a CLA grant to create a lab with the technology necessary for students to create multimodal projects. As technology advances, there is an “increasing awareness that writing is not necessarily a matter of putting the alphabet and numeric characters in white rectangles,” states Professor Logie. This space will allow students to develop the skills needed to create and communicate effectively in the 21st century workplace.