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Enc 4931 Grant Writing, Johanna Hillen Oct 2014

Enc 4931 Grant Writing, Johanna Hillen

Service-Learning Syllabi

No abstract provided.


Understanding The Rhetorical Engineer, Zachery W Koppelmann Oct 2014

Understanding The Rhetorical Engineer, Zachery W Koppelmann

Open Access Dissertations

The purpose of this dissertation is to describe the development of the Purdue School of Mechanical Engineering Writing Enhancement Program and its definition of good engineering writing. Based on the work with the Mechanical Engineering Faculty and the Writing Enhancement Program, it was determined that good engineering writing is aware of its need to address specific rhetorical contexts and expectations. The Writing Enhancement Program was created to provide additional writing instruction to undergraduate mechanical engineering students Purdue University. Its development did not follow standard writing across the curriculum methods; it was developed following a modified writing center methodology. The modifications ...


Competition In Higher Education: Build It And They Will Come Or You Have To Spend Money To Make Money, Matthew R. Sharp Sep 2014

Competition In Higher Education: Build It And They Will Come Or You Have To Spend Money To Make Money, Matthew R. Sharp

Matthew R. Sharp

The Global Perspectives Program was developed to provide Virginia Tech graduate students with an opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of global higher education, especially in Europe. This article deals with enrollment management and competition for students.


Volume 105 Issue 26, Southwestern Oklahoma State University Jul 2014

Volume 105 Issue 26, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

The Southwestern

No abstract provided.


Volume 105 Issue 25, Southwestern Oklahoma State University Jul 2014

Volume 105 Issue 25, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

The Southwestern

No abstract provided.


Relocation Of The Salvador Camarena Burial: Historical And Bioarcheological Investigations Of A Mexican Migrant Worker Grave (41mv372) In Maverick County, Texas, Douglas K. Boyd, Amy E. Dase, Christopher W. Ringstaff, M. Katherine Spradley, Catrina Banks Whitley Jan 2014

Relocation Of The Salvador Camarena Burial: Historical And Bioarcheological Investigations Of A Mexican Migrant Worker Grave (41mv372) In Maverick County, Texas, Douglas K. Boyd, Amy E. Dase, Christopher W. Ringstaff, M. Katherine Spradley, Catrina Banks Whitley

Index of Texas Archaeology: Open Access Gray Literature from the Lone Star State

F rom 2011 through 2014, the Texas Department of Transportation collaborated with Prewitt and Associates, Inc., to investigate an isolated grave in a remote area alongside FM 481 in Maverick County, Texas. An initial archeological investigation confirmed that the location was a historic grave, and archival records revealed that it contained the remains of Salvador Camarena, a Mexican citizen who died in Texas in January 1950. Additional research identified Camarena’s son and other family members living in Mexico, California, and Texas. With the family’s permission, the burial remains were exhumed, examined, and reinterred at La Marque Cemetery in ...


Eligibility Testing At 41bu75, Burleson County, Texas, Jennifer K. Mcwilliams, Karl W. Kibler, John E. Dockall, Eloise Frances Gadus, Ross C. Fields Jan 2014

Eligibility Testing At 41bu75, Burleson County, Texas, Jennifer K. Mcwilliams, Karl W. Kibler, John E. Dockall, Eloise Frances Gadus, Ross C. Fields

Index of Texas Archaeology: Open Access Gray Literature from the Lone Star State

Prewitt and Associates, Inc., conducted test excavations at site 41BU75 in Burleson County, Texas, to determine its eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and designation as a State Antiquities Landmark. The work was performed in 2007 under Texas Antiquities Permit No. 4525 for the Texas Department of Transportation, Environmental Affairs Division, in conjunction with a planned widening of FM 60, which will require up to 45 m of new right of way. The excavations consisted of six Gradall trenches and five 1x1-m hand-dug test units totaling 6.9 m3, all on state-owned land. Excavations yielded a ...


Data Recovery Investigations At The Tank Destroyer Site (41cv1378) At Fort Hood, Coryell County, Texas, Douglas K. Boyd, John E. Dockall, Karl W. Kibler, Gemma Mehalchick, Laura M. Short Jan 2014

Data Recovery Investigations At The Tank Destroyer Site (41cv1378) At Fort Hood, Coryell County, Texas, Douglas K. Boyd, John E. Dockall, Karl W. Kibler, Gemma Mehalchick, Laura M. Short

Index of Texas Archaeology: Open Access Gray Literature from the Lone Star State

Data recovery investigations at the Tank Destroyer site (41CV1378) were conducted in August 2007 for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). This work was required because of potential impacts to the site from TxDOT’s planned improvements of Tank Destroyer Boulevard and State Highway 9. The investigations focused on a burned rock mound (Feature 1), one-half of which has been destroyed by an adjacent tank trail. The mound contained two internal features: an off-centered earth oven and a small cluster of Rabdotus sp. shells. With the exception of the location of its earth oven, the mound at the Tank Destroyer ...


Eligibility Testing At Three Prehistoric Sites At Lynch Creek, Lampasas County, Texas, J. Michael Quigg, Paul M. Matchen, Robert A. Ricklis, Shannon Gray, Charles D. Frederick, Jason Barrett Jan 2014

Eligibility Testing At Three Prehistoric Sites At Lynch Creek, Lampasas County, Texas, J. Michael Quigg, Paul M. Matchen, Robert A. Ricklis, Shannon Gray, Charles D. Frederick, Jason Barrett

Index of Texas Archaeology: Open Access Gray Literature from the Lone Star State

In August 2004, archeologists from the Cultural Resources Section of the Planning, Permitting and Licensing Practice of TRC Environmental Corporation’s Austin office conducted National Register eligibility testing and geoarcheological documentation at three previously unrecorded prehistoric sites, 41LM49, 41LM50, and 41LM51, at two separate bridge crossings over Lynch Creek (TxDOT Project CSJ: #0231-15-032; designated East and West) by Farm to Market Road 580W (FM 580W) in western Lampasas County, Texas. This archeological investigation was necessary under the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the implementing regulations of 36CRF Part 800 and the Antiquities Code of ...


Historic Archeological Investigations At Roberts Cemetery Near Troy, Bell County, Texas, Jennifer K. Mcwilliams, Catrina Banks Whitley, Jeremy W. Pye, Terri Myers, James T. Abbott, Douglas K. Boyd Jan 2014

Historic Archeological Investigations At Roberts Cemetery Near Troy, Bell County, Texas, Jennifer K. Mcwilliams, Catrina Banks Whitley, Jeremy W. Pye, Terri Myers, James T. Abbott, Douglas K. Boyd

Index of Texas Archaeology: Open Access Gray Literature from the Lone Star State

A preliminary archeological investigation was conducted in 2008 at Roberts Cemetery near Troy, Texas, as part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s planned expansion of Interstate Highway 35. Mechanical trenching discovered one unmarked grave near the highway right of way, and this led to an extensive mechanical search of the eastern edge of the cemetery in 2012. Following the removal of the southbound access road and thick layer of artificial fill, five additional unmarked graves were discovered. Of the six unmarked graves, two are located in the cemetery property and were left in place, but the four burials inside ...


Barrett Site (41mm382) Assessment, Milam County, Texas, J. Michael Quigg, Paul M. Matchen, Charles D. Frederick, Brittney Gregory, Robert A. Ricklis Jan 2014

Barrett Site (41mm382) Assessment, Milam County, Texas, J. Michael Quigg, Paul M. Matchen, Charles D. Frederick, Brittney Gregory, Robert A. Ricklis

Index of Texas Archaeology: Open Access Gray Literature from the Lone Star State

The Bryan District of Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) proposes to replace the existing bridge at the San Gabriel River along a farm-to-market road and expand the width of the existing two-lane roadway in Milam County (CSJ: 0590-05-027). In response to that proposed development, TxDOT staff archeologists from the Archeological Studies Program in Austin reviewed the Texas Historical Commission (THC) Archeological Sites Atlas, a database which contains previously documented cultural resource sites, and conducted an intensive archeological field survey with mechanical trenching along the proposed area of potential effect (APE) in February 2012. During that survey a buried prehistoric site ...


Genre-Based Automated Writing Evaluation For L2 Research Writing: From Design To Evaluation And Enhancement., Elena Cotos Jan 2014

Genre-Based Automated Writing Evaluation For L2 Research Writing: From Design To Evaluation And Enhancement., Elena Cotos

English Books

Research writing is craftsmanship central to the world of research and academia. It is the main means employed by scientific communities to disseminate and ratify knowledge, ‘inject[ing] light on dusty areas’ of academic enterprises (Barnett, 2005, p. 3). The journal articles, conference papers, grant proposals, theses, and dissertations, which are valued research-related genres, are viewed as major intellectual endeavors that earn their authors credentials and confer them academic status. For novice scholars such as graduate students, who are legitimate but peripheral participants in their scientific communities (Lave & Wenger, 1991), research writing is the first step towards accessing and actively ...


The Changing Discourse Of The Supreme Court, Stephen M. Johnson Jan 2014

The Changing Discourse Of The Supreme Court, Stephen M. Johnson

The University of New Hampshire Law Review

[Excerpt] “Academics, judges, and other commentators complain that, for the past few decades, the Justices on the Supreme Court have been increasingly writing opinions that are unreadable for most American citizens. Those critics complain that the opinions are too long and too complex, riddled with incomprehensible multi-part tests. They also attack the style of the opinions and assert that recent opinions are more likely to be written in a technocratic, rather than persuasive, style.

There seems to be little consensus among the critics regarding why the Justices are writing opinions that are increasingly unreadable. Some attribute it to the increasing ...


On Copyright Law: What Technical Communicators Need To Know, Mariana Chao Jan 2014

On Copyright Law: What Technical Communicators Need To Know, Mariana Chao

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Copyright law, in general, is a multi-faceted and sometimes difficult to understand process. Although it is law, it is often not straight-forward and cannot be applied universally. While the concepts of copyright infringement and plagiarism may sometimes overlap, many confuse one for the other or think they are the same offense. This thesis is intended to serve as a primer to some basic aspects of copyright law for technical communicators, including issues surrounding public domain works, the fair use doctrine, the copyright clearance process, as well as why we should be concerned about our current copyright laws. Over the past ...


Technical Communicators And Writing Consultants: Identity And Expertise, Nichole Cepero Jan 2014

Technical Communicators And Writing Consultants: Identity And Expertise, Nichole Cepero

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This paper examines the roles of technical communicators and writing center consultants in regards to their identities and the expertise that they bring to what they do. Both fields have struggled with a lack of understanding surrounding what their positions entail and more importantly how they perform in their roles. With this in mind, the goal of this paper is to analyze how the growth of each field and the variations of each position contribute to the issue of identity. Furthermore, as a result of the identity problem that faces each position, I suggest using the theory of liminality, communication ...


Creating And Examining An Online Advising Module For Graduate Students: A Usability Study, Leah Mitchell Jan 2014

Creating And Examining An Online Advising Module For Graduate Students: A Usability Study, Leah Mitchell

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Advisors are always examining best practices when serving students with technology. Online instruction has become a popular choice for students in higher education, and educators and other student personnel are looking to further accommodate their students by including academic services as part of a virtual environment. This study examines the usefulness of an online advising module geared at graduate students. I conducted a usability study of an online advising module created for graduate students in the College of Education and Human Performance (CEDHP) at the University of Central Florida. The online advising module was presented to current graduate students in ...


Female Bias In Technical Communication And An Exploration Of Pedagogical Strategies For Reversing The Bias, Rebecca Beeson Jan 2014

Female Bias In Technical Communication And An Exploration Of Pedagogical Strategies For Reversing The Bias, Rebecca Beeson

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis explores technical communication and seeks to establish that females outnumber males in the field while also holder more high-level positions. It further seeks to show why a field does not benefit from having one sex outnumber the other. The benefits of having an equal number of females and males contributing to the growth and expansion of the field are discussed. Finally, this thesis discusses potential pedagogical strategies which could be employed at the college level as a means of attracting more young men to the field and allowing for maximum growth of technical communication as a field of ...


The Relevance Of Benjamin Franklin's And Thomas Jefferson's Technical Writing For Modern Communicators, Kristin Fecko Jan 2014

The Relevance Of Benjamin Franklin's And Thomas Jefferson's Technical Writing For Modern Communicators, Kristin Fecko

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Today's technical communicators enjoy an increasingly broader role and influence in the workplace, and are often given latitude to use engaging rhetoric and personal touches in many kinds of communications. Historical documents, particularly those that are substantially removed from our own era, can offer fresh approaches and insight into the enduring elements of successful communication. This study explores the technical writings of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson and considers their usefulness to professionals today. Although the political writing of Franklin and Jefferson is more familiar, both men frequently wrote about scientific and technical subjects and were well-known in their ...


Narrative In Technical Communication, James Fenn Jan 2014

Narrative In Technical Communication, James Fenn

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The focus of this research is on the involvement of narrative learning within technical communication and the benefits that such an involvement can bring to the field. I analyze literature from within technical communication to determine how narrative is perceived, as well as the traditions in technical communication that made the field resistant to the use of narrative in the past. These findings are considered with respect to the history and definition of narrative, as well as to how narrative can improve learning outcomes when compared to expository learning approaches commonly used in technical documentation. While narrative is not a ...


Technical Illustration: The Changes And Challenges Presented By Advancements In Technology, Cindy Caudill Jan 2014

Technical Illustration: The Changes And Challenges Presented By Advancements In Technology, Cindy Caudill

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis investigates the changes and challenges technology has created in the field of technical illustration. Technical illustration includes the fields of technical drawing as well as scientific and medical illustration. Previously, technical illustrators learned and used traditional illustration methods, without the aid of computers. However, technology has rapidly entered the field and has changed the education, work environment, skills, and role of the technical illustrator. I note both the benefits and disadvantages that current technical illustrators are facing in their work. I explore both sides of the digital media and traditional art debate while focusing on the technical illustrator ...


Technical Communicators In Marketing: Switching Roles And Changing Ethical Perspectives When Working With Content Marketing, Nicole Alvarez Jan 2014

Technical Communicators In Marketing: Switching Roles And Changing Ethical Perspectives When Working With Content Marketing, Nicole Alvarez

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis presents an alternate career path for technical communicators in the area of content marketing and expands on the ethical and goal-related issues associated with a career change to a marketing-focused role. Many of the skills necessary for technical communication are transferable to marketing communication roles; however, a successful career change requires that technical communicators understand how the ethical values and goals of marketing professionals can differ from those of technical communicators. Through a detailed literature review and autoethnographic study, this thesis discusses the performance goals of marketing professionals to determine how these clash with those of technical communicators ...


Transfer And The Transformation Of Writing Pedagogies In A Mathematics Course, Sarah Bryant, Noreen Lape, Jennifer B. Schaefer Jan 2014

Transfer And The Transformation Of Writing Pedagogies In A Mathematics Course, Sarah Bryant, Noreen Lape, Jennifer B. Schaefer

Faculty and Staff Publications By Year

An essay is presented on the transfer and transformation of writing pedagogies in mathematics course. Topics discussed include the writing across the curriculum (WAC)/writing in disciplines (WID) program, the need for mathematics teachers to transform writing pedagogies and its benefits, and the significance of transforming the writing revisions process. It also explores the role of teaching metacognition.


Sample Technical Instructions, Michael A. Stanley Dec 2013

Sample Technical Instructions, Michael A. Stanley

Michael A Stanley

No abstract provided.


Sample Technical Definition, Michael A. Stanley Dec 2013

Sample Technical Definition, Michael A. Stanley

Michael A Stanley

No abstract provided.


Sample Press Release, Michael A. Stanley Dec 2013

Sample Press Release, Michael A. Stanley

Michael A Stanley

No abstract provided.


Sample Technical Standard Operating Procedure, Michael A. Stanley Dec 2013

Sample Technical Standard Operating Procedure, Michael A. Stanley

Michael A Stanley

No abstract provided.


Sample Technical Description, Michael A. Stanley Dec 2013

Sample Technical Description, Michael A. Stanley

Michael A Stanley

No abstract provided.