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Guide to ATTW 2017
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Every spring, the Association for Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) hosts their national conference, and the Department of Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures is always well represented. Last year was a big year for WRAC at ATTW, with more than a dozen faculty, alumni and graduate students participating. In addition to the regular conference schedule, WRAC's Bill Hart-Davidson was named an ATTW Fellow, recognizing his long-term contributions to technical communication. Dr. Hart-Davidson joined MSU Associate Provost Jeff Grabill, a 2014 Fellow, in being recognized for their national reputation for teaching and scholarship.


The 2017 ATTW conference, taking place on March 15th at the Doubletree in Portland, Oregon, again sees WRAC well-represented. With twenty-one speakers, session leaders, or poster presenters, you can spend the whole day attending just WRAC sessions, and never have a break in your schedule. For your convenience, we've put together a quick guide to WRAC's representation at ATTW. You can follow the conference proceedings using #ATTWCON on Twitter.


Concurrent Session A: 9:00-10:15

A1: Celebrating 20 Years of the ATTW Conference: A Roundtable

Broadway Room
Bill Hart-Davidson, WRAC Faculty and Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Letters

Concurrent Session B 11:00-12:15

B3: Digital Methods for Social Justice Technical Communication Research

Halsey Room
Data Visualization Approaches Used for Social-Justice Oriented Quantitative Research
Heather Turner, WRAC PhD Candidate

Borderlands Hip Hop Rhetorics as a methodology for cross-cultural multimodal research
Victor Del Hierro, WRAC PhD Candidate. Victor recently announced that he will be joining the faculty at the University of Texas, El Paso, this coming fall.

Issues of Social Justice in the Assessment of a FYW Program in a Land Grant University
Matthew J. Gomes, PhD alumni and WRAC Faculty

Lesbian-Feminist Collective Collaboration as a Queer Critical Research Practice Through Their Work on The Gender Project
Casey Miles, PhD alumni and WRAC Faculty

B5: The Robots are Coming . . . to Technical Communication

Ross Island Room
Bill Hart-Davidson, session chair

Use What You Choose (Machine Learning Application)
Minh-Tam Nguyen, WRAC PhD Candidate

Can We Live Together With Robots?
Bill Hart-Davidson

Concurrent Session C: 2:00-3:15

C4: Experience Architecture: One Possible Future for Scholarship & Curriculum

Sellwood Room
Feminist Rhetorics & Interaction Design: Facilitating Socially Responsible DesignJennifer Sano-Franchini, WRAC PhD Alumni. Faculty at Virginia Tech University

Designing Digital Activism: Rhetorical tool as agent of social change
Douglas M. Walls, WRAC PhD Alumni. Faculty at North Carolina State University

Liza Potts, WRAC Faculty


C6: An Extracurriculum of PW: Caring for/with Locales in Program Design

Hawthorne Room
Reimagining Technical Communication in Local Contexts: A Case Study
Lehua Ledbetter, WRAC PhD Alumni. Faculty at the University of Rhode Island


Afternoon Poster Session: 3:15 to 3:45pm

Multnomah Room
Transportation Planning and Technical Communication: Public Participation and the Proposed Bus Rapid Transit System
Jack Hennes, WRAC PhD Candidate

Concurrent session D: 4:00–5:15pm

D1: Translation and Technical Communication in Practice: Ethical, Methodological, and Community-Driven Concerns

Broadway Room
Design and Implementation Plan for Sites of Translation, a User-Experience Research Lab
Laura Gonzales, WRAC PhD alumni. Faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso


D2: Imagining Collective Cultural Rhetorics Practices: Constellations: A Cultural Rhetorics Publishing Space as a Case Study

Weidler Room
Malea Powell, WRAC Faculty and Department Chair, session chair

Developing Constellations: A Journey in Collaborative Scholarly Publishing Practices
Phillip Bratta, WRAC PhD Candidate

Designing Deliberately Inclusive Digital Publishing Platforms: How Theory Becomes Structure in Cultural Rhetorics Practice
Malea Powell

From Present Tense and agnès films to Constellations: Strategies for Transferring Digital Production Experience Across Projects
Alexandra Hidalgo, WRAC Faculty

D3: New Directions in Engagement Pedagogy: Bridging Gaps Between Stakeholders via Digital Tools and Techniques

Halsey Room
Benjamin Lauren, WRAC Faculty, Session Chair


D7: Exploring Advocacy, Intervention, and Surveillance in Health Communication

Hawthorne Room
Data Our Bodies Tell: A Feminist Case Study on the Fertility App Glow
Maria Novotny, WRAC PhD Candidate

Affective Technologies: A Technical Communication Pedagogy that Promotes a Critical Digital Literacy of Surveillance
Les Hutchinson, WRAC PhD Student