When Communities Collide – NEO STC and Local University Collaborations are a Win-Win!

What a great privilege it was on April 6th to moderate a panel of professors and business people who are experts in the field of technical writing in academia and in business! It was also like old home week to me as I welcomed two professors from my alma mater, YSU – Jay Gordon and Diana Awad Scrocco, to the panel.

The discussion centered around how local companies and universities have worked together by enabling students to participate in internships and project work, giving them real-world experiences that provide resume builders and networking opportunities. A literal Win-Win situation for all involved!

On the panel, along with Jay, who is an associate professor of English at Youngstown State University where he directs the Professional and Technical Writing program; and Diana, who is an assistant professor of English at Youngstown State University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in professional writing, composition, and pedagogy, were:

Tom Pace, Associate Professor of English and Director of Core Writing at John Carroll University.  He also directs the English department’s Professional Writing Track.

Lisa Mileusnich, who has worked as a technical writer for 11 years at Parker Hannifin, where she creates user documentation and training materials for Parker’s internal IT systems. She is a past president of NEO STC and is currently a co-chair of the Academic Relations committee.

Ron Scott, Professor of English at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. He teaches all types of professional writing courses, and is particularly interested in the effects of digital culture on professional environment.

Carolyn Embree, Professional Associate Professor of English at Walsh University began her teaching career at Walsh in 1993 as an adjunct, and in 2007 accepted a full-time position in Professional Writing, Literature, and Composition. In 2008, she assumed the responsibilities of Director of the General Education Program and chairs an 11-member committee overseeing the General Education curriculum.

Kelly Webb-Bronstrup, Associate Professor of Technical Writing and Composition at The University of Akron. Her focus has been teaching students through experiential learning by partnering her courses with outside organizations such as NASA Glenn Research Center, a local police department, Hyland Software, Rockwell Automation and others.

By Lynn Nickels