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05-26-2004

Clarkson Professor Publishes Books On Technical Communications And New Media

Clarkson University Professor of Technical Communications Johndan Johnson-Eilola has published two new books this spring on technical communications and the implications of new media forms for teachers of composition.

Central Works in Technical Communication is a collection of 32 landmark essays in the field edited by Johnson-Eilola and Stuart A. Selber, director of the Technical Writing Program at Pennsylvania State University, and is published by Oxford University Press.

Writing New Media: Theory and Applications for Expanding the Teaching of Composition, published by Utah State University Press, looks at the rapid advance of electronic media in academe, the classroom, and the workplace and its consequences for teachers of composition.

The book is a collaboration among four composition and communications scholars: Johnson-Eilola; Anne Frances Wysocki, professor of visual and digital communications at Michigan Technological University; Cynthia L. Selfe, professor of composition and communications at Michigan Technological University; and Geoffrey Sirc, professor of composition at the University of Minnesota.

Writing New Media addresses the expansion of the field by proposing a new vision of composition and uses practical applications taken from the authors own classroom assignments to help teachers prepare students to write effectively with new media beyond the classroom.

Johndan Johnson-Eilola came to Clarkson in 2000 as an associate professor of technical communications and director of the Eastman Kodak Center for Excellence in Communication. He was promoted to full professor in spring 2003. Prior to his joint appointment at Clarkson, he was in the Department of English at Purdue University from 1994-2000, during which time he was promoted to associate professor and named director of Professional Writing.

His scholarship has been recognized with numerous awards, including: Best of Kairos, 1996-2000; Computers and Composition Distinguished Article Award (2000); the Ellen Nold Award for the Best Article in Computers and Composition Studies (1997); a Kairos Best Article Award Finalist (1996); and the Nell Ann Picket Award for best article published in Technical Communications Quarterly (1996). He also contributed a chapter to a book that received the National Council of Writing Program Administrators Best Book Award (2000).

Johnson-Eilola received his doctoral degree in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Technological University in 1993.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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