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Service orientations

  • On 05/06/2020

Life does indeed come at you fast….and sometimes you are forced to slow down and to reorient. Few people know all the parts of someone’s life. In higher education, it’s easy to believe that you know a lot about a person because of their scholarship or public interactions, but that’s never the whole story. We […]

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Let’s Focus on Evidence

  • On 16/05/2020

For a number of years, I’ve been researching through empirically based methods and methodologies what we’ve called the “attention-comprehension gap” (St.Amant & Meloncon, 2015). What this little theory says is that research has often focused to narrowly on “readability,” data visualizations, or document design, but has rarely brought these areas together along with a specific […]

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Thoughts on Revision

  • On 22/03/2020

Over the last few years I have come to realize that we—academics in general and writing folks more specifically—have made some pretty big assumptions about what revision is. Revision is the process of re-visioning a work. It means to go back to a work and examine it from a different perspective. Often, this process is […]

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Editing collections

  • On 03/11/2019

In my role as editor of the book series, Foundations and Innovations in Technical and Professional Communication, I am fortunate to get to talk to quite a few folks about their ideas. Many of these ideas are around edited collections. While I have written before that we need fewer of these, I am also aware […]

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Back to Accessibility

  • On 18/10/2019

While I’ve never really left accessibility, I hadn’t been able to focus on it as much as I wanted. I was delighted when Nupoor Ranade contacted me and suggested that maybe we should do a special issue on accessibility. it’s no secret that I do a few things, but Nupoor hit me at the right […]

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