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...]

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...]

“It’s New Job Season” Part 1: A Different Way of Thinking About you Cover Letters

The first quarter is traditionally a strong hiring season for companies, and also a time when people turn to thoughts of new jobs and career paths. Professional communication skills are key to taking advantage of those opportunities, particularly in engineering and the sciences. In a series of posts called "It's New Job Season," we're going explore … [Read more...]

RFP for Guest Editorship and Special Issue Topic: IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

December 2018 Issue The IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication requests proposals for guest editorship and special issue topic for the December 2018 issue. Anyone may propose a topic and apply for guest editor status. Guest editors need not be members of the IEEE Professional Communication Society. The proposed guest editor may … [Read more...]

CFP: CEEA 2017 in Toronto

The Canadian Engineering Education Association's Annual Conference - CEEA2017 will be hosted by the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario from June 4 to 7, 2017, and there's still time to get your paper in! … [Read more...]