Academy-Industry Relationships and Partnerships: Perspectives for Technical Communicators

Academy-Industry Relationships and Partnerships: Perspectives for Technical Communicators

by Tracy Bridgeford, Kirk St. Amant

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ISBN-13: 9780895039071
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/14/2015
Series: Baywood's Technical Communications Series
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Tracy Bridgeford is an associate professor of technical communication at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where she directs the Technical Communication program and the English Master's program. She is coeditor of Programmatic Perspectives, the journal of the Council for Program in Technical and Scientific Communication, and serves on its executive committee as information officer. She has contributed chapters to Resources in Technical Communication: Outcomes and Approaches, Teaching Writing with Computers: An Introduction, and Innovative Approaches to Teaching Technical Communication, which she also coedited. She has also published in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. She coedited a special issue of Technical Communication Quarterly, “Techne and Technical Communication” (2002). Kirk St.Amant is a professor of technical and professional communication and of international studies at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Considering Partnerships and Relationships in the Field Carolyn Rude

Introduction: Rethinking the Nature of Academy-Industry Partnerships and Relationships Kirk St.Amant

SECTION I: PROGRAMMATIC PERSPECTIVES
CHAPTER 1 Stakeholder Theory and Technical Communication Academic Programs Jim Nugent and Laurence José

CHAPTER 2 A Technical Communication Venture in Building Academic-Entrepreneur Relations and Partnerships John M. Spartz and Ryan P. Weber

CHAPTER 3 Establishing Program-Specific Assessment Standards for Experiential Learning Courses Kenneth R. Price

SECTION II: INDUSTRY CONTEXTS
CHAPTER 4 Creating Bridges with Internships Susan M. Katz

CHAPTER 5 Collaborating with Industry Using Mentoring Programs and Internships Herb J. Smith

CHAPTER 6 Academic/Government Partnerships: Theoretical Underpinnings for Improving Online Writing Barbara A. Heifferon

SECTION III: ENGAGEMENT VENUES
CHAPTER 7 Engagement Through Emerging Technologies: A Humanistic Perspective on Academe-Industry Relationships and Partnerships Russell G. Carpenter

CHAPTER 8 Accommodationist and Constructivist Approaches to Academic-Industry Partnerships in a Usability and User-Experience Facility Tharon Howard

CHAPTER 9 Making Space for Community Voices: Rhetoric, Engagement, and the Possibilities for Partnerships James M. Dubinsky

SECTION IV: RESEARCH AND WRITING OPPORTUNITIES
CHAPTER 10 Research Agendas for Technical and Professional Communication Programs Stephen A. Bernhardt

CHAPTER 11 Theorizing a Practical Rhetoric for Virtual Collaboration among Writers in Academia and Industry Charlotte A. Robidoux, Beth L. Hewett, and David W. Overbey

Afterword: A Neophyte Discovers Technical Writing and Is On His Own Dan Riordan

Contributors

Index

What People are Saying About This

Kim Sydow Campbell

As higher education faces public scrutiny of its costs versus benefits, this compilation on partnerships includes some gems for leaders of technical communication programs who face tough questions about the value of such programs. The collection also demonstrates that the antagonism between academe and industry is by no means universal. From internships and service-learning to consulting and research, technical communication faculty and students are engaged in meaningful collaborations with industry and government organizations. That is good news for all of us. Kim Sydow Campbell, Ph.D., Professor and Derrell Thomas Faculty Fellow, Culverhouse College of Commerce at The University of Alabama

George Hayhoe

The eleven essays in this collection, contextualized by the splendid foreword and afterword by Carolyn Rude and Dan Riordan, offer observations and insights about ways that the academy and the world of practice can collaborate to the advantage of our profession. Academy-Industry Relationships and Partnerships includes contributions by relative newcomers and veterans, academics and practitioners, and suggests ways that technical communicators who are teachers, students, and industry employees can gain from one another's expertise. The topics are wide-ranging and diverse: the application of stakeholder theory to academic programs, examples of intriguing partnerships between the academy and businesses and governmental organizations, and ways that research can influence practice, to name just a few. I enthusiastically recommend Tracey Bridgeford and Kirk St.Amant's collection for its valuable contribution to this important conversation. —George Hayhoe, Ph.D., Department of Technical Communication Mercer University School of Engineering

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