PCS at IEEE Sections Congress, Australia: Ryan Boettger’s Ignite Talk

Brian Traynor and Ryan Boettger represented PCS at IEEE Sections Congress—‚a triennial gathering of IEEE Section leadership—in Sydney, Australia in August this year. 1250 IEEE members from 165 countries participated the event. We were able to introduce PCS and its activities and publications to many IEEE members from around the world. Ryan’s Ignite … [Read more...]

Call for Participation: GSOLE Survey on Student Preparedness for Online Writing Instruction

For educators who teach online, a request from Diane Martinez (of the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators/GSOLE) to participate in a survey project on student preparedness in relation to online learning experiences.  (Should folks have questions on this survey, please contact Diane directly at dlmartinez@email.wcu.edu) A national … [Read more...]

Visual Rhetoric: Making Arguments Visually Using Elements of Visual Grammar

When designing visuals, we often neglect to identify a purpose beyond simply representing data. But visuals - particularly data visuals and infographics - are most effective when they are designed with a clear purpose in mind, particularly if they contribute to an argument. Melissa Clarkson's earlier post on The Elements of Visual … [Read more...]

Infographic Errors: How People Err in Designing Visuals

As news organizations, governments, and corporations struggle to communicate more complex information to multiple audiences, they increasingly rely on visual representations.  Quite a number of prominent failures in visual design that have played out in the media over the past few years; looking at these failures can help us avoid our own, and … [Read more...]

3Q17 Issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

The September 2017 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication has recently been published online. If you are a paper subscriber, you will receive this issue, printed together with the December issue, in December. The issue contains the following articles, described below: Research Article— A Descriptive Survey of Technical … [Read more...]

Thank you, Jayne Cerone!

At ProComm 2017, we thanked Jayne Cerone (pictured above, left, with AdCom member Helen Grady) for her long-time support of our society.  Jayne is a Senior Director of Volunteer eEngagement at IEEE Technical Activities, and a member of the Professional Communication Society since 2003. Over the years, her contributions to strategic planning … [Read more...]

2017 Conference Recap and Awards!

Thanks for an amazing conference Madison! We had wonderful keynotes anchoring our conference sessions. Michael Gleischer's keynote on Shakespeare and Data Visualization got us thinking about how data visualization techniques might be able to help us see communication acts - including Shakespeare's - in different ways, and about fruitful … [Read more...]

Wiley-IEEE PCS Series Book Nominated for CCCC Award

Teaching and Training for Global Engineering: Perspectives on Culture and Professional Communication Practices, edited by Kirk St. Amant and Madelyn Flammia, has been nominated for the 2018 College Composition and Communication Award in the Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical and Scientific Communication category. This book presents … [Read more...]

President’s Message, July 2017

Dear Members, We are pleased to share with you the launch of the first edition of our renewed e-newsletter—featuring research-based guidelines and principles for writing and communication that engineering professionals and technical communicators can use. It also includes announcements and other information relevant to the members. The … [Read more...]

Pitching Yourself, Part 2: Energize your Resume

  In a previous post, I wrote about your job application as an argument, and showed how we could use a rhetorical framework established by Stephen Toulmin to help your cover letters do a more effective job of connecting your evidence to the job requirements. In this post, I want to apply the ACR (Action-Context-Result) framework in order to … [Read more...]