Keywords in Technical and Professional Communication

Edited by Han Yu and Jonathan Buehl
Copy edited by Meg Vezzu. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

CoverKeywords in Technical and Professional Communication explores the multiple and sometimes conflicting uses of terms central to the discipline of technical and professional communication (TPC). Each keyword was selected through a multi-stage process that involved corpus analysis of journal publications and surveys of technical communication scholars, educators, and practitioners. Written by experts who have published extensively on the concepts underlying each keyword, each essay provides a history and/or a summary of the changing contemporary and disciplinary contexts in which the keyword has been used, discusses the debates surrounding the term, considers the critical lenses shaping our understanding of it, and discusses how the term could be used in the future and/or whether it needs to be rethought in our current environment.

Table of Contents

In PDF Format PDF Format     In ePub Format ePub Format

Front Matter


Foreword: Technical and Professional Communication, Johndan Johnson-Eilola and Stuart A. Selber
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.1.2

Introduction, Han Yu and Jonathan Buehl
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.1.3

1. Accessibility, Sushil K. Oswal
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.01

2. Actor/Activity, Clay Spinuzzi
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.02

3. Assessment, Norbert Elliot
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.03

4. Audience, Ann M. Blakeslee
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.04

5. Collaboration, Pam Estes Brewer
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.05

6. Content Management, Tatiana Batova and Rebekka Andersen
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.06

7. Crisis Communication, Elizabeth L. Angeli
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.07

8. Data Visualization, Charles Kostelnick
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.08

9. Design, Miles A. Kimball
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.09

10. Documentation, David Farkas
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.10

11. Editing, Angela Eaton
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.11

12. Ethics, Steven B. Katz
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.12

13. Feminisms, Erin Clark Frost
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.13

14. Genre, Brent Henze
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.14

15. History, Edward A. Malone
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.15

16. Information, William Hart-Davidson
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.16

17. International/Intercultural Communication, Huiling Ding
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.17

18. Knowledge, Jason Swarts
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.18

19. Literacy, Kelli Cargile Cook
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.19

20. Medical/Health Communication, Christa Teston
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.20

21. Multimodality, Dirk Remley
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.21

22. Pedagogy, Tracy Bridgeford
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.22

23. Plain Language, Russell Willerton
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.23

24. Profession, Gerald Savage
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.24

25. Project Management, Benjamin Lauren
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.25

26. Proposal, Richard Johnson-Sheehan
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.26

27. Public, Kristen R. Moore
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.27

28. Research, Chris Lam
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.28

29. Rhetoric, James E. Porter
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.29

30. Risk Communication, J. Blake Scott
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.30

31. Science, Kathryn Northcut
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.31

32. Social Justice, Natasha N. Jones and Rebecca Walton
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.32

33. Social Media, Liza Potts and Michael Trice
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.33

34. Structure, Carlos Evia
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.34

35. Style, Jonathan Buehl
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.35

36. Technology, Bernadette Longo
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.36

37. Translation, Bruce Maylath
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.37

38. User Experience (UX) , Guiseppe Getto
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.38

39. Visual, Han Yu
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.2.39

Afterword: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Through Citational Practice, Kristen R. Moore, Lauren E. Cagle, and Nicole Lowman
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923.3.2


About the Editors

Han Yu is Professor of English at Kansas State University, where she teaches scientific and technical communication. She is the author of The Other Kind of Funnies: Comics in Technical Communication; Communicating Genetics: Visualizations and Representations; and Mind Thief: The Story of Alzheimer’s. She is the co-editor of Negotiating Cultural Encounters: Narrating Intercultural Engineering and Technical Communication and Scientific Communication: Practices, Theories, and Pedagogies.

Jonathan Buehl is Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University, where he teaches courses on research methods and technical and professional communication. He is the author of Assembling Arguments: Multimodal Rhetoric and Scientific Discourse and the co-editor of Science and the Internet: Communicating Knowledge in a Digital Age. As a consultant and trainer, he has worked with teams of writers in organizations ranging from small nonprofits and biotech startups to business consulting firms and multinational insurance companies.

Publication Information: Yu, Han, & Jonathan Buehl (Eds.). (2023). Keywords in Technical and Professional Communication. The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado.

Digital Publication Date: August 4, 2023
Print Publication Date: Pending

ISBN: 978-1-64215-192-3 (PDF) | 978-1-64215-193-0 (ePub) | 978-1-64642-501-3 (pbk.)
DOI: 10.37514/TPC-B.2023.1923

Contact Information:
Han Yu:
Jonathan Buehl:

Foundations and Innovations in Technical and Professional Communication

Series Editor: Lisa Melonçon, University of South Florida

Acrobat Reader DownloadThis book is available in whole and in part in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF). It will also be available in a low-cost print edition from our publishing partner, the University Press of Colorado.

Copyright © 2023 Han Yu, Jonathan Buehl, and the authors of individual parts of this book. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 United States License. 360 pages, with notes, illustrations, and bibliographies. This book will be available in print from University Press of Colorado as well as from any online or brick-and-mortar bookstore. Available in PDF and ePub formats for no charge on this page at the WAC Clearinghouse. You may view this book. You may print personal copies of this book. You may link to this page. You may not reproduce this book on another website.