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Dr. Bradley Herzog - Zahnow 220

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Dr. Beth Jorgensen - Zahnow 217

Faculty Profile: Dr. Bill Williamson

Associate Professor, Department of Rhetoric and Professional Writing
Chair, Department of Rhetoric and Professional Writing
Coordinator, Professional and Technical Writing

Contact Information

Office: Zahnow 221, map of the offices here. (132kB)
Email: wwilliam @ svsu.edu
Phone: (989)964.4625
URL: www.svsu.edu/~wwilliam

Academic Background

Doctorate of Philosophy, 2000, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Michigan Technological University
Dissertation: "The Service Paradigm in Technical Communication: Theory, Pedagogy, Practice"

Master of Science, 1994, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Michigan Technological University
Bachelor of Science, 1991, Scientific and Technical Communication, Michigan Technological University

 

Professional Background

Saginaw Valley State University, 2005–present

University of Northern Iowa, 1999–2005
Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Professional Writing

Riverstone Communication, 1989–1998
Consultant

National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, 1994–1995
Curriculum Developer/Technical Writer

Selected Scholarly Work

Co-Editor, Programmatic Perspectives : Journal of the Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication . 2009–present.

Co-Editor, Sharing Our Intellectual Traces : Narrative Reflections from Administrators of Professional, Technical, and Scientific Communication Programs. forthcoming.

“Genesis of Programmatic Perspectives: Responding to the Need for a New Scholarly Forum in Technical, Scientific, and Professional Communication.” Programmatic Perspectives . March 2009.

The Writing & Design Toolkit : Preparing Effective, Professional Documents for Classrooms and Workplaces . forthcoming.

"Revitalizing Discipline-Specific Instruction in Technical Communication." In Richard Selfe, Karla Kitalong, and Tracy Bridgeford (Ed.) Innovative Approaches to Technical Communication . 2004. (with Philip Sweany).

 

Campus and Professional Service

Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Program Review and Assessment Team, 2009–present

Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Chief Information Officer, 2000–2005
Green Cardinal Initiative, 2009–present

 

Community Service

Co-Head Coach, Essexville Garber Varsity Men’s Soccer, 2009–present
Assistant Coach, Essexville Garber Varsity and Junior Varsity Women’s Soccer, 2009–present
Building Committee Member, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 2004–2005

 

Honors and Awards

House Teaching Impact Award nominee, SVSU, 2010
Teaching with Technology Award, SVSU, 2009
Teaching with Technology Award nominee, SVSU, 2006, 2007
Teaching Excellence Award, Michigan Technological University, 1998

 

Research Interests

Program administration
Professional identity for technical communicators
Professionalism and ethics in technical communication
History and status of technical communication
Scientific and environmental rhetoric
Technology studies