Week 1: Introduction

Jablonski, J. (2005). Seeing Technical Communication from a Career Perspective: The Implications of Career Theory for Technical Communication theory, Practice, and Curriculum Design. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 19(1), 5–41.

Faber, B. (2002). Professional Identities. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 16(3), 306 –337.

Week 2: Understanding writing in organizations

Book: Yates, Ch. 1-2

Miller, C. R. (2004). Genre as Social Action

Faigley, L. (1985). Nonacademic writing: the social perspective. In Writing in Nonacademic Settings (p. 553). New York: Guilford Press.

Week 3: Researching writing in social groups & organizations

Book: Yates, Ch. 3-5

Cooper, M. M. (1986). The Ecology of Writing. College English, 48(4), 364–375. Retrieved from

Freed, R. C., & Broadhead, G. J. (1987). Discourse Communities, Sacred Texts, and Institutional Norms. College Composition and Communication, 38(2), 154–165

Week 4: Theorizing “systems” of writing

Book: Yates, Ch. 6-Conclusion

Spinuzzi, C., & Zachry, M. (2000). Genre ecologies: an open-system approach to understanding and constructing documentation. ACM J. Comput. Doc., 24(3), 169–181.

Freedman, A. (1996). ReACTivating Genre: ReGENERating Discourse Theory, Research, and Pedagogy (pp. 1–27). Presented at the Key-Note Address presented at the European Writing Conferences, Barcelona, Spain.

Writing and/as Knowledge Work
Week 5: Bureaucracy, Structure, and Agency

Grabill, J. T., & Simmons, M. W. (1998). Toward a critical rhetoric of risk communication: Producing citizens and the role of technical communicators. Technical Communication Quarterly7(4), 415.

Graham, S. S. (2009). Agency and the Rhetoric of Medicine: Biomedical Brain Scans and the Ontology of Fibromyalgia. Technical Communication Quarterly, 18(4), 376–404. doi:10.1080/10572250903149555

Schryer, C. F., Lingard, L., Spafford, M., & Garwood, K. (2003). Structure and Agency in Medical Case Presentations. In C. Bazerman & D. R. Russell (Eds.), Writing selves, writing societies?: research from activity perspectives. Fort Collins, CO: WAC Clearinghouse.

Week 6: Understanding Writing as Work

Kim, L., Young, A. J., Neimeyer, R. A., Baker, J. N., & Barfield, R. C. (2008). Keeping Users at the Center: Developing a Multimedia Interface for Informed Consent. Technical Communication Quarterly, 17(3), 335–357.

Suchman, L. (1995). Making Work Visible. Commun. ACM, 38(9), 56–ff.

Week 7: Humans and Non-humans

Latour, B. (n.d.). Mixing Humans with Non-Humans: Sociology of a Door-Closer.

Week 8: Understanding Writing as Activity Systems

Geisler, C., Bazerman, C., Doheny-Farina, S., Gurak, L., & al, et. (2001). IText: Future directions for research on the relationship between information technology and writing. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 15(3), 269.

Schryer, C. F., & Spoel, P. (2005). Genre Theory, Health-Care Discourse, and Professional Identity Formation. Journal of Business and Technical Communication19(3), 249 –278.

Activity, Interaction, & Mediation
Week 9: Empirical Approaches

Book: Spinuzzi, Introduction – Phase II

Bazerman, C. (2003). What Is Not Institutionally Visible Does Not Count: The Problem of Making Activity Assessable, Accountable, and Plannable. In C. Bazerman & D. R. Russell (Eds.), Writing selves, writing societies : research from activity perspectives (pp. 428–482). Fort Collins, CO: WAC Clearinghouse.

Teston, C. B. (2009). A Grounded Investigation of Genred Guidelines in Cancer Care Deliberations. Written Communication, 26(3), 320–348. doi:10.1177/0741088309336937

Week 10: Writing Selves

Book: Spinuzzi, Phase III

Spoel, P. (2008). Communicating Values, Valuing Community through Health-Care Websites: Midwifery’s Online Ethos and Public Communication in Ontario. Technical Communication Quarterly, 17(3), 264–288.

Pick two articles from Writing Selves / Writing Society

Week 11: Knowledge and Organizations

Book: Spinuzzi, Phase IV-V

Flower from Writing Selves / Writing Society

Wallace from Writing Selves / Writing Society

Culture, Technology, & Globalization
Week 12: Where is “culture” in professional writing?

Book: Banks, Ch. 1-2

Ornatowski, C. M., & Bekins, L. K. (2004). What’s Civic About Technical Communication? Technical Communication and the Rhetoric of Community. Technical Communication Quarterly, 13(3), 251–269.

Katz, S. B. (1992). The Ethic of Expediency: Classical Rhetoric, Technology, and the Holocaust. College English, 54(3), 255–275.

Week 13: Cultural Boundary Work

Book: Banks, Ch. 3-4

Dragga, S., & Voss, D. (2001). Cruel Pies: The Inhumanity of Technical Illustrations. Technical Communication, 48(3), 265–274.

Ramey, J. W. (2014). The Coffee Planter of Saint Domingo: A Technical Manual for the Caribbean Slave Owner. Technical Communication Quarterly23(2), 141–159.

Week 14: Wrapping up

Book: Banks, Ch. 5

Pimentel, C., & Balzhiser, D. (2012). The Double Occupancy of Hispanics Counting Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. Census. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 26(3), 311–339.