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...]

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...]

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...]

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 four … [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...]