Assembling Critical Components: A Framework for Sustaining Technical and Professional Communication

  • Discourse, Technology, DEI, WID, technical and professional communication

Edited by Joanna Schreiber and Lisa Melonçon
Copy edited by Meg Vezzu. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

CoverHow do you explain technical and professional communication? The field has long tried to answer this question, with limited success. Because the field is constantly evolving alongside social, technological, and communication changes, it remains difficult to explain. Assembling Critical Components presents TPC as a collective identity and provides a framework for situating critical components of the field. This collection includes chapters reflecting on topics such as accessibility, professional communication, regulatory writing, socio-technical situation, procedural knowledge, applied rhetoric, and ethics. These topics are contextualized by entries presenting field-wide data on topics including influential texts, key terms, and teaching practices over time. Assembling Critical Components provides students, teachers, researchers, program administrators, and industry professionals a tangible yet flexible approach to explaining TPC.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter

Introduction: Promoting a Sustainable Collective Identity for Technical and Professional Communication, Lisa Melonçon and Joanna Schreiber
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2022.1381.1.3

Part One: Exigency for a Sustainable Identity

1. What Are We Really Teaching? Revisiting Technical and Professional Communication's Pedagogical Training, Sara Doan
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2022.1381.2.01

2. The Ship of Theseus: Change Over Time in Topics of Technical Communication Research Abstracts, Stephen Carradini
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2022.1381.2.02

3. Mapping Technical Communication as a Field: A Co-Citation Network Analysis of Graduate-Level Syllabi, Michael J. Faris and Greg Wilson
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2022.1381.2.03

Part Two: Reflection and Maintenance of Major Concepts

4. "Visualize a Triangle." What's Professional About Professional Communication?, Brenton Faber
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2022.1381.2.04

5. Procedural Knowledge and Discourse in Technical Communication: Easy as 1, 2, 3?, Marjorie Rush Hovde
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2022.1381.2.05

6. Technical Communication Reimagined Through a Socio-Technical Problem-Solving Lens, Michael J. Albers
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2022.1381.2.06

7. Applied Rhetoric as Disciplinary Umbrella: Community, Connections, and Identity, Jennifer R. Veltsos, Matthew R. Sharp, Jacob D. Rawlins, Ashley Patriarca, and Rebecca Pope-Ruark
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2022.1381.2.07

Part Three: Reassembling with Emerging Relationships

8. New Ways of Reading: Making Sense of Complex Biomedical Writing Using Existing Guidelines, Lisa DeTora
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2022.1381.2.08

9. A Critique of Disability and Accessibility Research in Technical Communication Through the Models of Emancipatory Disability Research Paradigm and Participatory Scholarship, Sushil K. Oswal and Zsuzsanna B. Palmer
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2022.1381.2.09

10. Localize, Adapt, Reflect: A Review of Recent Research in Transnational and Intercultural TPC, Nancy Small
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2022.1381.2.10


About the Editors

Joanna Schreiber is Associate Professor of Technical and Professional Communication at Georgia Southern University. Her research interests include project management, trends in professional and technical editing, workplace studies, and technical communication programs and pedagogies. Her work has been published in Technical Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, Programmatic Perspectives, and Journal of Technical Writing and Communication.

Lisa Melonçon is Professor of Technical Communication and Interim Department Chair at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on programmatic issues in technical and professional communication, research methodology and methods, and the rhetoric of health and medicine.

Publication Information: Schreiber, Joanna, & Lisa Melonçon (Eds.). (2022). Assembling Critical Components: A Framework for Sustaining Technical and Professional Communication. The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado.

Digital Publication Date: January 27, 2022.
Print Publication Date: January 2023

ISBN: 978-1-64215-138-1 (PDF) | 978-1-64215-139-8 (ePub) | 978-1-64642-269-2 (pbk.)
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2022.1381

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Foundations and Innovations in Technical and Professional Communication

Series Editor: Lisa Melonçon, University of South Florida

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