President’s Message, June 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...]

SIGDOC ’17 Registration is Now Open

We are happy to announce that registration for SIGDOC '17 -- the ACM SIGDOC 2017 annual conference -- is now open!  To register for the conference go to​ ​ https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1981518 SIGDOC '17 will be held at Dalhousie University and the Atlantica Hotel in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia … [Read more...]

June 2017 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication now published online

If you are a paper subscriber, you will receive the issue, printed together with the March issue, within the next week or two. This issue contains the following articles: Research Article—Diagrams in Contracts: Fostering Understanding in Global Business Communication, by S. Passera, A. Kankaanranta, and L. … [Read more...]

IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication Call for Submissions: Special Issue on Data-Driven Approaches to Research and Teaching in Professional and Technical Communication (December 2018):

Guest editors: Ryan K. Boettger (University of North Texas) and Suguru Ishizaki (Carnegie Mellon University) The approaches, theories, and technologies that inform professional communication remain a consequential and ever evolving area of study. In 2006, Thomas Orr guest edited a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional … [Read more...]

1Q17 Issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

The March 2017 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 60, Number 1, March 2017 Editorial— A Diamond Milestone for a Winning Combination, by G. F. Hayhoe This issue … [Read more...]

Traci Nathans-Kelly says goodbye; welcomes Ryan Boettger to the position of Editor, IEEE PCS Book Series

In February 2017, I performed my last duties as the Editor for the IEEE Professional Communication Society’s book series. This series, backed by Wiley-IEEE Press, was and is a magnificent collection of communication and professional insights from some of industry’s and academe’s best and brightest minds. The topics thus far have fallen into … [Read more...]

In Memoriam: Thomas Orr

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Thomas Orr. Tom served as ProComm President from 2010-12 and guided ProComm through an IEEE Technical Activities Board Financial Committee review during that period. The review allowed our society to re-evaluate its focus on member services and to chart a … [Read more...]

Breaking the Rules: “Don’t Let Good Grammar Spoil Good Writing” and Passive/Active Voice

  Oldies can be goodies: one of the wonderful things about the IEEE PCS Newsletters Archive is that much of its advice to writers remains valid. Philip Yaffe's "Don't Let Good Grammar Spoil Good Writing," from the April 2009 IEEE PCS Newsletter, tells us why breaking grammar rules can create positive results, depending on context and … [Read more...]

Technical Communication Special Issue: “Emerging forms of Project Management in Technical and Professional Communication”

Special Issue Editors Benjamin Lauren Michigan State University blauren@msu.edu Joanna Schreiber Georgia Southern University jschreiber@georgiasouthern.edu Overview Recently, scholarship in technical and professional communication (TPC) has examined economic and structural transformations that have influenced how projects are being managed … [Read more...]