Rachel Spilka, Associate Professor

email: spilka@uwm.edu
phone: 414-229-4500
office: Curtin Hall 594
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PhD, Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University, 1988
MA, English, Boston University, 1982
MS, Journalism, Boston University, 1977
BA, English, Clark University, 1975

Research Interests:

Status of Audience Scholarship in Technical Communication
Contextualized Approaches to Theory and Research
Issues of Identity and Exclusion for Minority Students in Professional and Technical Communication

Teaching Interests:

Professional Writing Research
Qualitative Research in Writing and Literacy
Technical Editing
Project Management
Introduction to Professional Writing Theory and Practice
Advanced Business Writing
Business Writing

Other Relevant Activities:

Fellow, Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, March, 2010
Delivered the Keynote Address at the annual meeting of the Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC), "Technical Communication Research in Academic Programs: A Call for Action," Lubbock, TX, October 20, 2005

Recent Publications:

Foreword, Designing for User Engagement: 10 Basic Principles, Edited by Cheryl Geisler. New York: Taylor and Francis/Routledge, Forthcoming in 2013

Digital Literacy for Technical Communication: 21st Century Theory and Practice. Edited by Rachel Spilka. New York: Routledge, 2010

"Practitioner Research Instruction: A Neglected Curricular Area in Technical Communication Undergraduate Programs." Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 23 (2009): 216-237.

  • NCTE Award for Best Article on Pedagogy or Curriculum in Technical or Scientific Communication, 2010

"Qualitative Research in Technical Communication: Issues of Value, Identity, and Use." Co-authored with Patricia Sullivan. Technical Communication, 39.4 (November, 1992): 592-606.

  • Reprinted as the lead chapter in Qualitative Research in Technical Communication. Eds: George Hayhoe and James Conklin. New York: Routledge, 2010