Hillary Hart to Speak at LSC-STC February 18 Meeting

by Louellen Coker on February 17, 2010

Hillary Hart, a fellow of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) will be speaking to the Lone Star Community of  the STC about the about the body of knowledge for this organization.  The challenge of the field of technical communication is that it our knowledge is dispersed: in STC’s own publications such as Technical Communication and Intercom, in many important books, in academic programs, and as our profession is so interdisciplinary, across other professional organizations in this field and the many closely related fields.

In Phase 1 of the project, STC:

  • defined our aims for our Body of Knowledge
  • decided that we needed a Portal to reach out to all these sources of knowledge
  • created Personas of typical users of our portal.

The portal experiment is part of Phase 2 of the project. The organization is using it to explore many issues, for example:

  • how much effort it takes to populate the portal
  • who should originate, approve, sign off and deal with changes and how that process should be managed
  • what sort of technology we might want to use for the eventual portal
  • and many others.

In this presentation, Hillary Hart discusses the TC BoK and opens the door for suggestions and ideas on where to take the project.

About Hillary Hart

Hillary is a fellow of STC and has long served at the community and international levels. Her STC awards include a Distinguished Technical Communication Award from Technical Communication, Distinguished Special Service Award, and Distinguished Chapter Service Award.

As Distinguished Sr. Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas, Hillary has developed a multi-level program in technical communication, teaching over 175 undergraduate and graduate engineering students yearly and bringing in speakers, scholarships, and student-writing competitions. She also consults with and conducts short courses and workshops for a diverse selection of clients, including public agencies (the TX Water Development Board, TX Commission on Environmental Quality) and corporations such as BP-Amoco, Gestalt, and Alcoa.

Hillary has published one book (sole author) and over 20 technical articles on environmental risk communication, engineering ethics, teaching engineering undergraduates, and defining technical communication. She has also presented over 35 talks at national technical conferences (including 20 at STC conferences). She is currently a co-PI on a 2-year, $225,000 National Science Foundation grant to help graduate students avoid ethical problems in research and publication. As a researcher at UT Austin, she has helped secured $3,000,000 in grant funding, $300,000 of which she has individually managed.

Hillary is a member of the Austin chapter and two SIGs: Academic: Environmental, Safety and Health Communication.

For more information about the program, please visit www.stc-dfw.org.

Have suggestions or ideas where to take the project? Let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to pass them along.

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