Schedule

Work Schedule

Due

Week 1: Course Introduction: What is professional writing?  
Thurs.

8/18

  • Gabarro, J. J., & Kotter, J. P. (2005). Managing Your Boss. Harvard Business Review, 83(1), 92–99.
Week 2: Understanding writing in organizations  
Tues.

8/23

  • ·Book: Yates, Ch. 1
  • Jablonski, J. (2005). Seeing Technical Communication from a Career Perspective. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 19(1), 5–41.
  • Faber, B. (2002). Professional Identities. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 16(3), 306 –337.
Thurs.

8/25

Response #1 Due Friday
Week 3: Researching writing in social groups & organizations  
Tues.

8/30

  • Book: Yates, Ch. 3-4
  • Cooper, M. M. (1986). The Ecology of Writing. College English, 48(4), 364–375.
Thurs.

9/1

  • Book: Yates, Ch. 5
  • Freed, R. C., & Broadhead, G. J. (1987). Discourse Communities, Sacred Texts, and Institutional Norms. College Composition and Communication, 38(2), 154–165
Response #2 Due Friday
Week 4: Theorizing “systems” of writing  
Tues.

9/6

  • Book: Yates, Ch. 6-Conclusion
Thurs.

9/8

  • Spinuzzi, C., & Zachry, M. (2000). Genre ecologies: an open-system approach to understanding and constructing documentation. ACM J. Comput. Doc., 24(3), 169–181.
  • Freedman, A. (1996). ReACTivating Genre: ReGENERating Discourse Theory, Research, and Pedagogy (pp. 1–27). Presented at the Key-Note Address presented at the European Writing Conferences, Barcelona, Spain.
Response #3 Due Friday

Writing and/as Knowledge Work

Week 5: Understanding Writing as Work  
Tues.

9/13

  • Kim, L., Young, A. J., Neimeyer, R. A., Baker, J. N., & Barfield, R. C. (2008). Keeping Users at the Center: Developing a Multimedia Interface for Informed Consent. Technical Communication Quarterly, 17(3), 335–357.
  • Suchman, L. (1995). Making Work Visible. Commun. ACM, 38(9), 56–ff.
  • Pigg, S. (2014). Coordinating constant invention: Social media’s role in distributed work. Technical Communication Quarterly, 23(2), 69–87. http://doi.org/10.1080/10572252.2013.796545
Thurs.

9/15

  • Schryer, C. F., Lingard, L., Spafford, M., & Garwood, K. (2003). Structure and Agency in Medical Case Presentations. In C. Bazerman & D. R. Russell (Eds.), Writing selves, writing societies?: research from activity perspectives. Fort Collins, CO: WAC Clearinghouse.
Annotated Bib. draft due

Response #4 Due Friday

Week 6: Bureaucracy, Structure, and Agency  
Tues.

9/20

  • Grabill, J. T., & Simmons, M. W. (1998). Toward a critical rhetoric of risk communication: Producing citizens and the role of technical communicators. Technical Communication Quarterly, 7(4), 415.
  • Graham, S. S. (2009). Agency and the Rhetoric of Medicine: Biomedical Brain Scans and the Ontology of Fibromyalgia. Technical Communication Quarterly, 18(4), 376–404. doi:10.1080/10572250903149555
Thurs.

9/22

No ClassDr. Walls will be in Washington D.C. chairing SIGDOC ‘16 Annotated Bib. due Friday
Week 7: Humans and Non-humans  
Tues.

9/27

  • Latour, B. as Johnson, J. (1988). Mixing Humans and Nonhumans Together: The Sociology of a Door-Closer. Social Problems, 35(3), 298–310. http://doi.org/10.2307/800624
Thurs.

9/29

Response #5 Due Friday
Week 8: Understanding Writing as Activity Systems  
Tues.

10/4

  • Geisler, C., Bazerman, C., Doheny-Farina, S., Gurak, L., & al, et. (2001). IText: Future directions for research on the relationship between information technology and writing. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 15(3), 269.
  • Schryer, C. F., & Spoel, P. (2005). Genre Theory, Health-Care Discourse, and Professional Identity Formation. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 19(3), 249 –278.
Thurs.

10/6

No Class – Fall Break – Breathe Response #6 Due Friday

Activity, Interaction, & Mediation

Week 9: Empirical Approaches  
Tues.

10/11

  • Book: Spinuzzi, Introduction – Phase II
  • Bazerman, C. (2003). What Is Not Institutionally Visible Does Not Count: The Problem of Making Activity Assessable, Accountable, and Plannable. In C. Bazerman & D. R. Russell (Eds.), Writing selves, writing societies : research from activity perspectives (pp. 428–482). Fort Collins, CO: WAC Clearinghouse.
  • In class exercise
Thurs.

10/13

  • Teston, C. B. (2009). A Grounded Investigation of Genred Guidelines in Cancer Care Deliberations. Written Communication, 26(3), 320–348. doi:10.1177/0741088309336937
Response #7 Due Friday
Week 10: Writing Selves  
Tues.

10/18

  • Book: Spinuzzi, Phase III
  • Spoel, P. (2008). Communicating Values, Valuing Community through Health-Care Websites: Midwifery’s Online Ethos and Public Communication in Ontario. Technical Communication Quarterly, 17(3), 264–288.
Thurs.

10/20

  • Pick two articles from Writing Selves / Writing Society
Week 11: Knowledge and Organizations  
Tues.

10/25

  • Book: Spinuzzi, Phase IV-V
  • Flower from Writing Selves / Writing Society
“State of the Art” Presentations
Thurs.

10/27

  • Wallace from Writing Selves / Writing Society
Response #8 Due Friday

Culture, Technology, & Globalization

Week 12: Where is “culture” in professional writing?  
Tues.

11/1

  • Book: Sun, Ch. 1
  • Ornatowski, C. M., & Bekins, L. K. (2004). What’s Civic About Technical Communication? Technical Communication and the Rhetoric of Community. Technical Communication Quarterly, 13(3), 251–269.
Thurs.

11/3

  • Book: Sun, Ch. 2
  • Katz, S. B. (1992). The Ethic of Expediency: Classical Rhetoric, Technology, and the Holocaust. College English, 54(3), 255–275.
Week 13: Cultural Boundary Work  
Tues.

11/8

  • Book: Sun, Ch. 3
Thurs.

11/10

  • Dragga, S., & Voss, D. (2001). Cruel Pies: The Inhumanity of Technical Illustrations. Technical Communication, 48(3), 265–274.
  • Ding, H., & Pitts, E. (2013). Singapore’s Quarantine Rhetoric and Human Rights in Emergency Health Risks. Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization, 4(1), 55–77.
Week 14: Cultural Boundary Work  
Tues.

11/15

  • Book: Sun, Ch. 4
Thurs.

11/17

  • Pimentel, C., & Balzhiser, D. (2012). The Double Occupancy of Hispanics Counting Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. Census. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 26(3), 311–339. http://doi.org/10.1177/1050651912439696
Response #9 Due Friday
Week 15: Critical / Cultural Boundary Work  
Tues.

11/22

  • Book: Sun, Ch. 5
  • Ramey, J. W. (2014). The Coffee Planter of Saint Domingo: A Technical Manual for the Caribbean Slave Owner. Technical Communication Quarterly, 23(2), 141–159.
Topsight proposal draft due Tuesday
Thurs.

11/24

Thanksgiving. No class.
Week 16: Wrapping up  
Tues.

11/29

Workshop Project 3: Draft Response
Thurs.

12/1

Workshop
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