Author Archives: Jim Kalmbach

Dr. Erin Frost

Dr. Erin A. Frost is an Assistant Professor of Technical and Professional Communication at East Carolina University. She earned her Ph.D. in English Studies in 2013 from Illinois State University. Dr. Frost currently teaches courses in business communication, technical communication, … Continue reading

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Getting Started in Technical Writing

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Getting-started-in-technical-writing-1086137%2ES%2E207887885?view=&srchtype=discussedNews&gid=1086137&item=207887885&type=member&trk=eml-anet_dig-b-pop_ttl-hdp&ut=0fafapL9pxP5A1 Above is a link to an interesting thread about getting started in technical writing. The respondents are all professionals in the field.

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Technical Writing Program History–The first 15 years

Russ Rutter, long time member of the technical writing faculty at Illinois State University has written this history of the first fifteen years of the program (1973-1988) 1973       The Department offers its first Technical Writing course: ENG/IT … Continue reading

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Internships Still a Good Idea

In response to a new US Labor Department rules about unpaid internships, Charles Westerberg and Carol Wickersham argue for the value of internships, paid or unpaid in this opinion piece which appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Eduction. You can read … Continue reading

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Publishing Students Students Advocate for the Value of Publishing as a Career

Caitlin Perry and August Cassens, both publishing Studies majors, have written a very nice opinion piece about the future of publishing as a career. You can read the article in th online version of the Vidette: http://www.videtteonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37595:publishing-not-a-dying-career-path&catid=43:viewpointcolumns&Itemid=56

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The Subversive Copy Editor Offers Advice on Resumes

I realize that the above title sounds like an update of a Galway Kinnell poem, but I couldn’t resist. Carol Saller, who wrote The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your … Continue reading

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Remembering Dr. Stan Renner and Dr. Russ Rutter

In 1976 I was among the first applicants admitted to the innovative Doctor of Arts in English program at Illinois State University (later renamed the Ph.D. in English Studies). My first advisor was Dr. Donald Ericksen, the Department’s graduate studies … Continue reading

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Dr. Godwin Y. Agboka

Dr. Godwin Y. Agboka is an Assistant Professor of Technical and Professional Communication at University of Houston-Downtown, where he has worked since August 2010. He obtained his Ph.D. in English Studies (Professional Writing and Rhetorics concentration) in 2010 from Illinois … Continue reading

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Are Internships a Good Idea?

Why I am a big believer in the value of internships, in the link below, Joshua Foust offers a troubling counter prospective, decrying the growing trend of students who complete an unpaid internship after they graduate: what he calls the … Continue reading

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MA in Writing Graduate Publishes Graphic Novel on Sappo and Socrates

Rachel Parish (MA, 2012) has recently published a graphic novel in Kairos about Sappo and Socrates based on a project she completed in Jerry Savage’s History of Rhetoric class: http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/17.1/disputatio/parish/index.html  

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