Archives for September 2015

‘What’ are my team members? Getting engineers to see the ‘who’: Part Two

Three key practices for getting to know and really communicating with your team members In my last post, I spoke about engineers’ and engineering students’ bias towards seeing ‘what’ their team members produce as opposed to ‘who’ their team members are and ‘how’ they can contribute to making the team and the product better. Teams that only see the … [Read more...]

Auburn University: Assistant Professor in Technical & Professional Communication

The Department of English at Auburn University invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in technical and professional communication to begin Fall 2016. The teaching load is 2-2, with primary assignments in upper-division and graduate technical and professional communication courses as well as assignments in core … [Read more...]

Call for Administrative Committee (AdCom) Nominations 2015

The IEEE Professional Communication Society is managed by an administrative committee (AdCom) comprising 12 volunteers who work to assure that our society serves its members and the field of technical and professional communication. If you are interested in a higher level of involvement in PCS and IEEE, we invite you to consider being a candidate … [Read more...]

Yvonne Cleary & Darina Slattery: Communication Strategies for Virtual Teams

More and more, engineers are working in virtual teams, spanning the globe. What communication strategies does working in a virtual team necessitate, or what problems does it create? Yvonne Cleary and Darina Slattery of the University of Limerick present the findings of their research into communication strategies in virtual teams, identifying … [Read more...]

Yvonne Cleary & Darina Slattery: How Virtual Teams Communicate and How They Might Communicate Better

Yvonne Cleary and Darina Slattery of the University of Limerick present the finding of their research into communication strategies in virtual teams, identifying common problems, and strategies for improving group communication in virtual spaces. Their talk was delivered at the IEEE PCS Conference in Limerick, Ireland in July 2015, and you can find … [Read more...]

Update on CPTSC 2015 Conference: Website Up/Online Registration Open

Hi all, I hope you all had a good summer and that everyone’s semester is off to a good start. A few quick updates on the 2015 Annual Meeting/Conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC): A reminder that this year’s conference will take place on 1-3 Oct. on the campus of Utah State University in … [Read more...]

Communication Practices in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Research for Food and Water Safety, Ed. David Wright

The latest Wiley-IEEE Professional Communication Society book is now out. Through the eyes and experiences of experts in the fields, Communication Practices in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Research for Food and Water Safety examines the ways in which communication has framed food and water safety issues in the recent past. As well, this … [Read more...]

Derek Ross: Land Ethics in Technical Communication (Lufkin Award Winner)

Derek Ross of Auburn University gives us an overview of his Lufkin Award (2015) winning paper, "Conversations about place: Dialogic ethics and land ethics in technical communication," co-authored with Russell Willerton, of Boise State University. Here, he defines land ethics, and discusses how they might apply to technical communication … [Read more...]