22 Jul 2013 - 8:13am
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Dave Jones
I wanted to share an announcement from Dr. Liza Potts, the new Chair for SIGDOC, the ACM Special Interest Group for the Design of Communication. The board has a strong interest in expending the organization's profile in industry and gaining new membership and new vision. If you are interested, please feel free to reach out to me at
I am the new Chair for SIGDOC, and I wanted to take a moment of your time to introduce myself to you and tell you about our plans for the upcoming year. 
I am an assistant professor in the department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. At MSU, I am a senior researcher at WIDE Research, director of user experience projects at MATRIX, and collaborator at Creativity Exploratory. My research interests include technologically-mediated communication, experience architecture, and participatory culture. I've worked extensively in industry at Microsoft, consultancies, and start-ups as a director, experience architect, and program manager. I am the former Vice Chair of SIGDOC and the former Co-Editor of Communication Design Quarterly. My work has been sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and published in Technical Communication Quarterly, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, and Technical Communication. My new book on user experience and disaster is coming out this September. I have a PhD in communication and rhetoric with a graduate certificate in HCI from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Now, on to the important bits: We are planning to reboot SIGDOC with your help! We recognize that we have a lot of work ahead of us - planning out future conferences, increasing our membership, and getting the word out about our SIG. Part of that work includes bringing in new volunteers. Please allow me to introduce your new board members:
Daivde Bolchini, Vice Chair
Davide Bolchini is Assistant Professor and Interim Department Chair of Human-Centered Computing at Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, where he teaches and conducts research in human-computer interaction design. Through over 100 scholarly publications, he has made important and broadly-cited research contributions to conceptual design methods, interactive communication design, user experience modelling, and requirements engineering for web and hypermedia systems. He is IEEE Senior Member, a featured IUPUI Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Scholar, a co-recipient of the IEEE Requirements Engineering Conference Best Paper nomination, and the ED-MEDIA Outstanding Paper Award. He has been awarded two Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Fellowships, two US National Science Foundation (NSF) research grants, three NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) supplement grants, the IUPUI School of Informatics Excellence in Instruction award and the Indiana University Trustees' Teaching Award for the School of Informatics. Davide received a Licentiate and a Ph.D. degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Lugano, Switzerland, and held visiting research positions at the Computer Science departments of University of Toronto, Politecnico di Milano, North Carolina State University, and University College London.
Stewart Whittemore, Treasurer/Secretary
Stewart Whittemore is an assistant professor of professional and technical communication. His current research interests include rhetorical theory, information management, and methodologies for studying workplace practices. Before pursuing a career in higher education, he worked for 10 years in the Atlanta area as a technical writer and trainer.
Michael Albers, Editor of Communication Design Quarterly
Michael Albers is an associate professor at East Carolina University, where he teaches in the professional writing program. In 1999, he completed his PhD in technical communication and rhetoric from Texas Tech University. Before coming to ECU, he taught for 8 years at the University of Memphis. Before earning his PhD, he worked for 10 years as a technical communicator, writing software documentation and performing interface design. His research interests include designing documentation focused on answering real-world questions and online presentation of complex information. 
Kathie Gossett, Student Relations
Kathie Gossett's research interests include digital humanities, open source design, new media theory & practice, user experience design and medieval rhetoric. She has published in journals such as Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, & Pedagogy and Computers & Composition as well as several book chapters on born-digital and multimedia writing. Kathie brings over 15 years of project management experience to this project. She planned workshop content, co-led the design and analysis of the workshop, and supervised a graduate student who drafted project documentation.
Stuart Selber, Member-At-Large
Stuart Selber is an associate professor of English and an affiliate associate professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State, where he works as Director of Digital Education in English and serves as a Faculty Fellow in Education Technology Services. He also directs the Penn State Digital English Studio. Selber is a past president and Fellow of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, a past president of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, and a past chair of the CCCC Committee on Technical Communication. His research focuses on computer literacies, rhetorics of the Internet, and the social and pedagogical dimensions of academic computing. Selber combines qualitative methods with social theories in order to investigate the applications and implications of digital technologies for writing and communication purposes. He is especially interested in the role of human values in technological development and in questions of institutional design and change. Selber teaches courses in technical communication, computers and composition, human-computer interaction, and the digital humanities. 
Christa Teston, Member-At-Large
Christa Teston received her PhD in Rhetoric and Writing Studies from Kent State University and is an Assistant Professor of English at Ohio State University. She researches how we use texts, visuals, and other embodied sensory input when making decisions about future action. Specifically, she studies decision-making practices in medical and scientific settings. Her work has been published in Written Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, and the Journal of Medical Humanities. 

Dave Jones, Member-At-Large
Dave Jones holds a PhD in Technical Communication and User Experience from Old Dominion University, and he is a Senior User Experience Designer at The Nerdery in Minneapolis. His scholarly work focuses on user experience, participatory cultures, and the design of social ecosystems. As a UX designer, he has worked for startups and now consults for clients ranging from small local businesses to Fortune 500 companies. 
Michael McLeod, Student Representative
Michael McLeod is a PhD student in the Human Centered Design and Engineering program at the University of Washington. He teaches courses in content management, digital rhetoric, web design, and user experience design. He is the co-founder of the educational technology company Drawbridge and the co-inventor of the instructional writing platform Eli Review. His scholarship has been published in Technical Communication Quarterly, Written Communication, and Computers & Composition.
Carlos Costa, EuroSIGDOC
Dr. Carlos J. Costa teaches in the Computer Science Department of the School of Technology and Architecture from the ISCTE-IUL, since 1993. He teaches courses of computer programming and information systems. He also taught in the Portuguese Catholic University, Portuguese Open University. Previously, he worked in an IT consulting firm and in an Investment Bank. He earned a Ph.D. (Doutoramento) in Computer Science – Information Systems and Data Bases, ISCTE (2002), a MSc (Mestrado) in Corporate Strategy, also from the ISCTE and a degree (Licenciatura) from Portuguese Catholic University (1990). He is also researcher in Adetti-IUL. His research interests includes Open Source Software Engineering, Coding/Programming Education, Organizational Systems (ERP, CRM) development, support and usage, and also Collaborative Systems. Carlos is chair of EUROSIGDOC, director of the Master Program Open Source Software and member of the board of Audax (entrepeneurship research center).
We will be adding new board members by region and area of expertise as the year progresses. Let me know if you want to be involved!
I want to encourage you to contribute to our publication, Communication Design Quarterly. We have an exciting new issue that will be out soon, and we have plans for more in the future. Please email Mike directly about CDQ contributions:
If you ever want to discuss SIGDOC, talk about how you can get involved, or share a suggestion - please feel free to contact me or any of our board members.
Liza Potts, Ph.D.
Michigan State University
Director of User Experience Projects, WIDE @ MATRIX
Assistant Professor
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & American Cultures
434 Farm Lane (Bessey Hall) Room 291, East Lansing, MI 48824
Gtalk: LKPotts  | Skype: LKPotts
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