Dolan Receives UMRB Grant for Second Book Project

Congratulations to Dr. Kathryn (“KC”) Dolan, who has just been awarded a University of Missouri Research Board grant. This grant will enable her to work full-time in Fall 2016 on her second book project: Dinner Stories: Food Animals and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature.

The following is a list of UMRB grant recipients, past and present, from our department:

• Ed Malone, 2016, Technical Communication in World War II: The Birth of a Profession
• Anne Cotterill, 2015, Absolute Zero: Demonic Cold in Early Modern England
• Eric Bryan, 2012, The Christianization of Scandinavia
• Kate Drowne, 2011, The Black Flapper: Jazz Age Stories of Modern Black Women
• David Wright, 2008, Communications in Converging Industries: NAIS
• Ed Malone, 2008, Women Technical Communicators before 1960
• Anne Cotterill, 2006, Elizabeth Isham: A Life in the Margins
• Kathy Northcut, 2005, Drawing Meaning: The Power of Scientific Illustration

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Missouri S&T’s Department of English and Technical Communication offers seven scholarships for students. Congratulations to the following 2016 recipients:

The Jack K. and Mary K. Boyd Memorial Scholarship:
Amra Mehanovic

The Larry Paul Vonalt and Elizabeth Cummins
Vonalt Endowed Scholarship:

Taylor Schubert & Kathryn Curran

The Pogue Endowed Scholarship in English:
Jeanette Mentz

The Winona Clark and J. Kent Roberts
Endowed Scholarship in English:

Kassi Talak

The English and Technical Communication
Alumni Endowed Scholarship:

Kaleigh Rogers & Hannah Ramsey

The Marylou W. Legsdin English Scholarship:
Tori Ramsey

The Prewett Liberal Arts Scholarship:
Hannah Ramsey

Ranade Publishes Article in STC’s Intercom

Amruta Ranade, a graduate student in technical communication at Missouri S&T, has published an article titled “Writing for a North American Audience” in the May 2016 issue of Intercom, the monthly magazine of the Society for Technical Communication (STC).

Ranade is the current president of the Missouri S&T chapter of STC. She is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of English and Technical Communication and has full instructional responsibility for one section of ENGL 3560 Technical Writing each semester.

In her article, she writes:

A significant chunk of the technical documentation produced for a North American audience is created outside the United States. I know this from personal experience: I am an Indian technical writer
who worked for American companies throughout my career. Overexposure to American sitcoms, movies, and other media has lead us—non-American technical writers—into believing that we ‘know’ American culture. Thus the documents that we create are based on the stereotypes and faulty assumptions about American culture. As a result, our technical documents are plagued with issues caused by a lack of cultural awareness.

Click on the link below to read the rest of the article:

Ranade’s “Writing for a North American Audience”

Department Welcomes Dr. Sarah Hercula

by Taylor Schubert

The Department of English and Technical Communication is pleased to announce the hiring of another professor: Dr. Sarah Hercula will be joining the faculty in Fall 2016.

Dr. Hercula is a recent graduate of Illinois State University (ISU), where she earned a PhD in English Studies with an emphasis in linguistics. Her research focuses on linguistics and TESOL pedagogy.

While at ISU, Dr. Hercula held several positions, including Instructional Assistant Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning, Program Assistant for the Writing Program, and Associate Editor of the Grassroots Writing Research Journal. In Spring 2015, she was honored with an Outstanding University Graduate Student Teaching Award.

Dr. Hercula is eager to assume her position at Missouri S&T and looks forward to working with her new colleagues and students.

New Journal Features Writing by ENGL 1160 Students

by Arielle Bodine

Undergraduate students at Missouri University of Science and Technology now have the opportunity to publish their research in a peer-reviewed journal called Peer to Peer. The first edition of the journal, which includes peer-reviewed research articles written by undergraduates who were enrolled in English 1160 the spring 2015 semester, was published in February.

The inaugural edition of Peer to Peer features articles by undergraduates in applied mathematics, computer science, computer engineering, biology, electrical engineering and English. The current edition can be accessed through Google Scholar or Digital Commons and is located at scholarsmine.mst.edu/peer2peer.

Students in English 1160 learn research strategies and conduct research on a variety of subjects. Each student in the class submits an article to the journal for review. The submissions are double-blind reviewed by students in the class the following semester. The top-reviewed articles are edited and approved by Dr. Jossalyn Larson, assistant teaching professor of English and technical communication and editor-in-chief of the journal. After approval, the authors prepare their manuscripts for publication.

Peer to Peer will stand as a testament to the exceptional research conducted by Missouri S&T’s undergraduate students,” says Dr. Daniel Reardon, assistant professor of English and technical communication at S&T.

The journal is sponsored by the Department of English and Technical Communication at S&T and the Curtis Laws Wilson Library. It will be published biannually through Bepress Digital Commons and the Missouri S&T Scholars’ Mine.

The following articles are included in the first edition:

  • “CS in HS: Promoting Computer Science Education in High School,” by Trevor Ross, a senior in computer science from Jackson, Missouri
  • “Feminine Film Style: Does it Really Exist? A Case Study of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and Zoe Cassavete’s Broken English,” by Alyson Stanley, a freshman in English from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
  • “The Implications of RFID Technology in University ID Cards,” by Michael Beaver, a junior in computer engineering from St. Charles, Missouri
  • “Why Smart Watches shouldn’t just become a Trend: Using Smart Watches in the Treatment of Diabetes,” by Caelan Rapp, a junior in computer science from Wildwood, Missouri
  • “Innumeracy: The Product of Misrepresentation,” by Elizabeth Cundiff, a junior in applied mathematics from Hallsville, Missouri
  • “Graphene Valley,” by Daniel Applebaum, a senior in electrical engineering from Chesterfield, Missouri

For more information on the journal, contact Larson at larsonjo@mst.edu.

STC Student Chapter Elects New Officers for 2016

In January, the Missouri S&T student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) elected new officers for 2016: Amruta Ranade (president), YeonKyung Lee (vice president), and Mariah Thomas (secretary).

Chapter members attended the Region 6 STC conference in Springfield, Missouri, on March 18 and 19 to hear presentations by Thomas Warren, Kirk St. Amant, Sandi Harner, and Steve Gerson.

Retiring officers from 2014-2015 include Michael Slusar (president), Katherine Upchurch (vice president), and Tyler Neff (secretary).

conference photo

YeonKyung Lee, Amruta Ranade, and Mariah Thomas at the conference on March 8

STC Chapter Elects 2013-2014 Officers

The Missouri S&T student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) met today and elected officers. The officers for 2013-2014 are as follows:

  • President: Raz Kerwin
  • Vice President: Neha Koolwal
  • Secretary: Adrienne Neckermann
  • Treasurer: Kenneth Wampler

The chapter currently has 15 members. It was chartered in 2011-2012 by Melissa Hollingshead-Wampler, Misty Adams, Megan Kean-O’Brien, Ed Malone, Shubhangi Vajpayee, David Young, and David Wright.

In cooperation with the Tech Commies, a related campus organization, the STC chapter is planning to co-sponsor at least three events this semester:  a fundraiser, a fun event, and an educational event.

The Missouri S&T chapter is one of three STC chapters in Missouri. The other two are the student chapter at Missouri State University in Springfield and the professional chapter in Kansas City. The student chapter at Missouri Western and the professional chapter in St. Louis are now defunct.

Tech Com Majors Attend Conferences in Springfield

In late April, several S&T tech com majors attended the 8th Annual Workshop for Teachers of Technical Writing and the 10th Annual STC Student Conference at Missouri State University in Springfield. The students were Razmus Kerwin, Misty Adams, Andrew Herbert, Shristy Bashyal, Melissa Hollingshead, Shubhangi Vajpayee, Shubashini Gamagedara, and Kenny Wampler.

The following paragraphs are adapted from Razz Kerwin’s trip report:

“On the first day of the conference, well-known tech com scholars such as Sherry Southard, Carolyn Rude, Tom Warren, Mike Markel, and Steve Gerson gave presentations on various aspects of the teaching of tech com — from retrospectives on teaching tech com to a frank discussion about the uses of social media in the tech com classroom. One thing I found particularly valuable at the conference was Dr. Southard’s brief retrospective of her career in teaching tech com. I was fortunate enough to talk with her at length during lunch about my upcoming GTA position and some basic teaching strategies for someone just starting out.

“The presentations on the second day were primarily geared toward undergraduates preparing to enter either industry or a higher level of academia. Shubhangi’s and Shubashini’s poster presentations were interesting and unique additions to the poster session. At the book raffle several S&T students won a free Bedford/St. Martin’s technical communication textbook. The day concluded with a three-person panel of current tech com PhD students who held an open Q&A session about what it’s really like to be a PhD student. It was a real eye opener regarding the level of commitment it takes to accomplish that goal.”

Missouri S&T tech com majors at Springfield conference on April 26, 2012. From left to right: Kenny Wampler, Melissa Hollingshead, Shubhangi Vajpayee, Subhashini Gamagedara, Misty Adams, and Razmus Kerwin

New Missouri S&T Student Chapter of STC

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) recently approved our petition to create a student chapter of STC at Missouri S&T.

The Missouri S&T chapter hopes to attract members from the former St. Louis chapter of STC as well as students and faculty on the Missouri S&T campus.

The Missouri S&T chapter met for the first time on April 3, 2012, and elected the following officers:

  • Melissa Hollingshead, President
  • Shubhangi Vajpayee, Vice President
  • Megan Kean-O’Brien, Secretary
  • Misty Adams, Treasurer

David Young agreed to be the Chair of the Recruitment Committee.

The group is working on a constitution and bylaws and will soon petition the university for recognition as an official student organization.

For more information about the Missouri S&T Student Chapter of STC, please contact the president, Melissa Hollingshead, or the faculty advisors, Dr. Ed Malone and Dr. David Wright.