Review of Engineering Justice: Transforming Engineering Education and Practice

The first review of the IEEE Professional Communication Society - Wiley book Engineering Justice: Transforming Engineering Education and Practice has arrived, and the reception is very positive. In her review for the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship, Marybeth Lima … [Read more...]

Thinking of your Presentation as a Performance

By Lydia Wilkinson Oral presentations can strike fear into the hearts of many an engineer. This discomfort is something all actors have had to deal with at some point, and that the discipline has developed strategies to address. Performers think of their body and voices as instruments that are used and manipulated to send particular messages to … [Read more...]

Updated Due Date: Special Issue on User-Generated Content and Its Effects on the Profession (December 2019)

Proposals for the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication Special Issue on User-Generated Content and Its Effects on the Profession (December 2019) are now due June 15th, 2018. Please see the original CFP for more information. … [Read more...]

Do “I-statements” Help or Hinder Communication in Professional Contexts?

In her internationally best-selling book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, advises women to “speak your truth” but to do so in an appropriate, yet non-threatening way—to be “not brutally honest but delicately honest.” As one way maintain this delicate honesty, Sandberg provides some … [Read more...]

How we understand, teach, and learn about engineering ethics

Ethics has long been acknowledged as central to engineering education; yet current approaches to teaching engineering ethics fail to understand the the psychological and philosophical literature about how ethics are learned. The three dominant modes may be identified as: The ethical theories approach: Akin to approaches to calculus; provide … [Read more...]

IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication Call for Submissions: Special Issue on User-Generated Content and Its Effects on the Profession (December 2019)

Guest editors: Josephine Walwema (Oakland University), Hilary Sarat-St. Peter (Columbia College Chicago), and Felicia Chong (Oakland University) A smartphone user types “extend smartphone battery life” into a browser search box; the results include a variety of proprietary and user-authored instructions. Medical patients posting in an online … [Read more...]

Joanna Wolfe on Gender Dynamics in Engineering Teams

In engineering teams, gender dynamics can disproportionately impact women, limiting or circumscribing their roles in those team environments.  At our last conference in Madison,  Joanna Wolfe - Director of the Global Communication Center, Teaching Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University - discusses how gender dynamics can create … [Read more...]

1Q18 Issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

The March 2018 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication has recently been published online. If you are a paper subscriber, you will receive the issue, printed together with the June issue, in early June. Volume 61, Number 1, March 2018 The content of this issue is listed in the post below. … [Read more...]

Podcast: George Hayhoe interviews Guest Editors of the Special Issue on Plain Language in the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Listen to George Hayhoe interview the three guest editors of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication special issue on Plain Language - Nataliya Mateeva, Michelle Moosally, and Russell Willerton - as they discuss the role, the history, and the future of plain language in professional … [Read more...]

Reminder: ProComm 2018 Abstracts due Feb 5th, 2018 … and here’s some tips on how to write a good one!

We're really looking forward to seeing you all in Toronto in July for ProComm 2018, so here's a quick reminder about the abstract due date and process, available on our Call for Papers page. Writing an abstract can sometimes be an intimidating task, so we've also written a quick guide to writing one! … [Read more...]