2022-2023 Theme: Access and Inclusion in Technical Communication

The theme access and inclusion invites to reconsider assumptions that privilege some users over others in an effort to create what Brewer, Selfe, and Yergeau call a culture of access-- a culture of transformation as opposed to rehabilitation or accommodation. This requires us to explore the ways factors like ability, race, gender, and socioeconomic access shift what access means. 

Fall 2022

Guest Speaker Event: Access & Inclusion in Translation (hybrid)

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022, 4:00 to 5:30 PM CST

TCAB member Aki Ito and Professor Giuseppe Palumbo from the University of Trieste, Italy, will discuss access and inclusion as it relates to language translation practices. Professor Palumbo is a visiting professor in the Department of Writing Studies during Fall 2022. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. 

Virtual Roundtable (TCAB members only)

Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 and Thursday, November 10th, noon to 1:00 PM CST

Each year TCAB meets to discuss the future of the various programs in the Department of Writing Studies. In past years, these discussions have led to meaningful changes that directly impact our current and future students.


Spring 2023

Mentor Program Kickoff

January 31st, 2023, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM CST (Virtual)

Now in its fifth year, our mentorship program has been very successful in connecting students with industry professionals. This program is available to all students in Writing Studies programs.

Virtual Discussion Event: ChatGPT

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023 from noon to 12:50 PM CDT (Virtual)

The Department of Writing Studies and TCAB invites students, instructors, and TCAB members to join us for a virtual discussion event to explore the impact of ChatGPT on writing. The event will take place via zoom.

The event will begin with a brief presentation from facilitators (Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Dan Card, Ann Hill Duin, Jim Hall, Nick Rosencrans) to provide context and share some of the work related to ChatGPT currently underway in Writing Studies, followed by breakout discussions. If you have any questions, you can connect with us at

Mentor Program Closing Event

Tuesday, March 28th, 2023 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM CDT (Virtual)

Mentor program participants gather to share insights with one another. 

Research Showcase

Monday, April 24th, 4:00 to 7:00 PM CDT (Virtual)

Our annual Spring Research showcase allows students from all levels of the program to display their research and findings. Students and TCAB members connect and discuss the current and future state of the technical communication field.