The 2012 Partnerships for Professionalism Pre-confererence was held 27 September 2012 at Michigan Tech in Houghton, Michigan.
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- Academic Keynote - Dr. Kirk St. Amant, "4th Generation Technical Communication (4GTC):The Conjoined Field in a Global Context"
- Panel 1: "Intercultural Communication, Collaboration, and Diversity"
- Han Yu, Kansas State U., “Narrating Intercultural Communication”
- Chris Riester, Ativio LLC, “Merging Classroom Education with Live Business Experience: Notes from the Field”
- Laurence José, Grand Valley State U., “Building Sustainable Partnerships on Campus”
- Xiaoli Li and Maura Dunne Taaffe, University of Dayton, “Collaborating with Second Language Writers and Speakers”
- Panel 2: "Pedagogy, E-Learning, and Continuing Education"
- Tracy Bridgeford, University of Nebraska at Omaha, “Learning as an Enterprise for a New Academic-Industry Community of Practice”
- Jean Straw DeClerck, Michigan Technological U., “Helping Undergraduates Prepare for Workplace Problem Solving through Coordinated Pedagogies”
- Cary Waterhouse, L-3 Communications, “Technical Communication Journals: Academic Publishing vs. Industry Body of Knowledge”
- Nancy Coppola, New Jersey Institute of Technology, “The TC BoK: Adding Value to the Profession for Educators and Practitioners”
- Noon Session - Nicky Bleiel, "Using Doc-to-Help in the Classroom"
- Industry Keynote - Mr. Alan Houser - President of the STC, "What's New in the Society of Technical Communication"
- Panel 3: "Collaborative Technologies and Partnerships"
- Laura A. Ewing, University of South Florida, “Like Us! Social Networking Tools to Build Intercultural Professional Relationships”
- Dan Voss and Bethany Bowles, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and University of Central Florida, “Professional/Student Mentoring Programs: How to Make Them Happen”
- Joyce Locke Carter, Texas Tech U., “Grow Your Own: Creating Industry Connections Out of Nothing in a TSC Program”
- Aimee Whiteside, University of Tampa, “Video-Based Peer Collaboration: Addressing the Practitioner Role to Enhance Technical Instructions”
- Panel 4/Closing Session - "Research Priorities" Research Priorities slide deck
- Rebekka Andersen, University of California, Davis
- Pat Burrows, EMC Corporation
- Charlotte Robidoux, Hewlett-Packard Company
- Dave Clark, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- William Hart-Davidson, Michigan State U.
- What are the research needs of the information development community and how might academic researchers and industry professionals collaborate to better meet those needs?
- What are the skill sets and habits of mind that industry most needs from technical communication graduates and how can educators and industry professionals collaborate to shape the next information development professional?