“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 … [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...]

Submissions for IEEE ProComm 2017 Now Open!!

We look forward to seeing your proposals, reading your papers, and seeing you in Madison!!  Submission deadline extended until January 13, 2017! http://sites.ieee.org/pcs/procomm2017/ … [Read more...]

Communication Across Borders: Strategies for International Group Communication and Cooperation

Increasingly, engineering projects are crossing national boundaries.  Groups working together are having to work in virtual, physically dispersed teams, making communication practices both more challenging and more essential to the success of a project. While the field is still young, communication researchers have started to catalogue … [Read more...]

4Q16 Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication on Entrepreneurship Communication

The December 2016 special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication on entrepreneurship communication has recently been published online. If you are a paper subscriber, you will receive the issue, printed together with the September issue, during the next month. Volume 59, Number 4, December 2016 Editorial— Introduction to … [Read more...]

The Impact of Indirect Speech Acts on Professional Communication

We don't always say what we mean ... In fact, we often avoid direct speech acts – saying what we mean – in the service of politeness and conflict avoidance, relying instead on indirect speech to communicate complex thoughts. An indirect speech act, according to linguist John Searle, relies on more than simply the words of an utterance … [Read more...]

Greg Pogue on Entrepreneurial Communication

We asked Greg Pogue of the IC² Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, who, with Clay Spinuzzi, hosted a session and panel on entrepreneurial communication at ProComm 2016 about the fundamentals of making a good "pitch." Watch his response here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jUtMknh14Q&t=1s … [Read more...]

Bruce Maylath on the Cult of Monolingualism

At the 2016 IEEE ProComm conference, we asked Bruce Maylath, winner of the 2016 Ronald S. Blicq award, about the cult of monolingualism and the dangers it presents to communicating technical work. Listen to his responses and examples in the video below to avoid the practical and ideological pitfalls of a monolingual approach to technical … [Read more...]

2016 Conference Recap and Awards!

Thanks to all of the conference organizers and attendees for a great ProComm 2016 at the University of Texas in Austin, a fabulous city and conference venue! Bob Metcalfe kicked off the conference with a enlightening talk on entrepreneurship communication, outlining the various ways in which our words and actions can carry ourselves and our … [Read more...]