Plenary: Administering programs in a time of crisis.

The plenary session will focus on the various aspects of the crises we face today. It will examine the current budget crisis and how universities are targeting programs, despite program success and the high demand for technical writers, to make up budget short falls. It will discuss what we can learn from the 2008 recession, identify the warning signs, and strategize about how we can make our programs more resilient. The panel will also look at systematic racism within universities and colleges and make recommendations on how programs can increase inclusion and promote anti-racism. In addition, times of crisis require us to be more conscious of well-being and how we as professionals need to strike a work/life balance.

Chair and host

Dr. Brian Blackburne, PhD.
Sam Houston State University
Director, Technical Communication


Meet the panelists:

Dr. Aimee Kendall Roundtree, PhD.

Image of Dr.Aimee RoundtreeDr. Aimee Kendall Roundtree is the Associate Dean of Research and Promotion in the College of Liberal Arts and a Professor in the technical communication program at Texas State University. Her research investigates communication in STEM fields, including science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine. In particular, her work interrogates points of translation and transaction between experts, policymakers, organizations, and the public, as well as human and non-human agents. She has expertise in qualitative and mixed methods research, including usability and user experience research, heuristic evaluation, text mining, systematic and integrative reviews and metanalyses, survey studies, focus groups, and interviews. She has also served as the Director of the Master of Arts and Master of Science in Technical Communication programs; Associate Editor of Book Reviews and Integrative Reviews for IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication; Review Board Member of the Writing Across the Curriculum Clearinghouse, and Technical Communication Quarterly; and the president of the American Communication Association. She has published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Journal of Technical and Business Communication, and the Journal of Texas Medicine, among others. She reviews publications and grants for JMIR, Science Communication, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, to name a few.

Dr. Denise Tillery, Ph.D.

Denise Tillery is a professor of rhetoric and professional writing at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and currently serves as the Associate Dean for UNLV’s College of Liberal Arts. She has published nineteen articles on environmental rhetoric, gender, and rhetoric, and technical communication program administration and pedagogy, authored one book, Commonplaces of Scientific Evidence in Environmental Discourses, and edited a collection with Ed Nagelhout, The New Normal: Pressures on Technical Communication Programs in the Age of Austerity. Her work focuses on the intersection of science, knowledge, and power, and her programmatic scholarship has been informed by her administrative work in multiple positions at two universities.

Dr. Kaye Adkins, PhD.

Image of Kaye AdkinsDr. Kaye Adkins is a Professor of Technical Communication at Missouri Western State University. She has published on curriculum and program development, and is the co-author of two technical communication textbooks: Technical Communication: A Practical Approach and Technical Communication Fundamentals. She is a recipient of the CPTSC Service Award.

Dr. Ed Nagelhout, Ph. D.

Image of Ed Nagelhout with Grand ChildrenEd Nagelhout is a Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he is the Assistant Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the English Department. He has co-edited three collections, published more than thirty peer-reviewed articles or book chapters, along with two open-access electronic textbooks, and presented more than one hundred papers on a variety of topics in a variety of venues. His research focuses on writing program administration, teaching in digital environments, digital composing, writing in the disciplines, and open-access literacy and learning.

Dr. Chris Dayley, PhD.

Image of Chris DayleyChris Dayley is an assistant professor of English and director of the Master of Arts in Technical Communication program at Texas State University. His research interests include social justice, ethics, and issues of diversity and inclusion in technical and professional communication academic programs. Chris’ work has been appeared in CPTSC’s academic journal, Programmatic Perspectives, as well as in Technical Communication Quarterly.