Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology

Technical Communication

Technical Communication

Communication = Connection

Rapidly advancing technology increases the need to communicate complex technical information effectively to a variety of audiences and users. Technical communicators use technology to create necessary resources such as user manuals, online help, websites, training materials, and specifications, among many other technical communication products.  

Degrees Offered

Why Technical Communication at IUPUI?

  • Flexible curriculum with face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses
  • Curriculum that responds to the needs of STEM employers (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
  • Transferable credits from many Ivy Tech degrees
  • Second major options for many IUPUI degrees
  • Applied industry projects and internships
  • Experienced faculty with up-to-date information from the field
  • Coursework in designing, developing, and editing technical communication products
  • Optional tracks that focus on healthcare, usability, or international/intercultural dimensions

Common Careers for graduates

  • Technical Writer/Communicator
  • Technical Editor
  • Usability Specialist
  • Web Designer
  • Multimedia Content Developer
  • Technical Trainer

Current Openings in TCM at IUPUI

Lecturer in Technical Communication
The Technical Communication Program in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology Indianapolis seeks applicants for a full-time Lecturer in Technical Communication.  This non-tenure-track, renewable, 10-month position includes teaching diverse undergraduate students; engagement with the discipline, community, and profession; and service to the department, school, and university.  Teaching load is 4/4.  Summer teaching opportunities may be available.  Salary is competitive. The position will begin in August of 2014, subject to the availability of funding.

The Technical Communication Program, housed in the Department of Technology Leadership and Communication, offers multiple sections of technical communication courses for engineering and technology majors within the School of Engineering and Technology.  In addition, the program offers an undergraduate technical communication certificate and a B.S. in technical communication.

Required

  • Master’s in Technical Communication or a related field
  • Evidence of successful teaching (online and face-to-face) at the university level in technical communication or related field
  • Evidence of successful teaching with a learning management system and other forms of technology that enhance learning
  • An understanding of commonly-used software applications and relevant concepts in technical communication
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Certification to work in the United States

Preferred

Expertise/experience in several of the following areas:

  • International/intercultural technical communication
  • Working with diverse populations
  • Using current software applications to create technical communication products
  • Hybrid teaching of technical communication
  • Experiential/service learning in technical communication courses
  • Digital/social media/multi-media usage in technical communication
  • Successful innovative curriculum development
  • Communication assessment processes
  • Writing centers
  • English as a Second Language in technical communication
  • Human centered design/usability in technical communication

It is strongly preferred that applicants have some experience working in business or industry workplace contexts.

Responsibilities

  • Teaching a variety of undergraduate courses in technical communication in online, hybrid, and face-to-face environments
  • Service to the technical communication program, department, school, campus, and/or profession
  • Course development and assessment
  • ABET assessment of communication abilities in engineering and technology undergraduates
  • Ongoing scholarship-of-teaching-and-learning in peer-reviewed venues and conference presentations
  • Pursuing internal/external funding for scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Student mentoring

The rank of Lecturer at IUPUI offers an opportunity for promotion to Senior Lecturer if specified criteria are met.

Department, School, and University Overview

The Department of Technology Leadership and Communication (http://engr.iupui.edu/departments/tlc/) houses undergraduate degrees and certificates in Technical Communication and Organizational Leadership & Supervision, along with an interdisciplinary MS in Technology.

The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology (http://www.engr.iupui.edu) is one of the largest degree-granting units at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and houses seven diverse departments.

IUPUI (http://www.iupui.edu) is an urban research and health sciences campus with 30,000 students and 200 degree programs.

Indianapolis (http://www.indy.org), the 11th largest city in the U.S., is affordable and provides a wide array of entertainment, dining, cultural, sporting, educational, and recreation options for residents.  

To apply, visit https://www.et.iupui.edu/apply/index.asp?pos=00040618. Please submit an application letter (including a statement of teaching philosophy that includes teaching technical communication), CV, a writing sample, and relevant supporting materials including evidence of teaching effectiveness.  Arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Toby Egan, TCM Search Committee Chair; Purdue School of Engineering and Technology Indianapolis; 799 W. Michigan Street, ET 331; Indianapolis IN 46202-5160 or tobyegan@iupui.edu. Applications must be received by April 30, 2014.

IUPUI is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Program Contacts

Anne Shepherd

Office: ET 331B
Email: anjsheph@iupui.edu
Phone: 317.278.1311Phone

Corinne Renguette

Office: ET 324E
Email: crenguet@iupui.edu
Phone: 317.274.0018Phone

TCM Writing Center

TCM Writing Center

The TCM Writing Center is a free student service provided by the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology.

For hours of operation or to make an appointment, visit the TCM Writing Center page: http://et.engr.iupui.edu/tcmwritingcenter/