Applications to teach Professional Writing 2019-2020 are open

The Professional Writing Program is accepting applications for teaching Business Writing (ENGL 420) and Technical Writing (ENGL 421) in Fall 2019. We are looking for instructors from a variety of backgrounds to bring their perspectives and expertise to Professional Writing at Purdue. You don’t have to be a student in rhetoric/composition to teach in the program! Applications from all students are welcome.

Please join us for an information session where you can talk to peers currently teaching PW classes, and ask questions related to the application process and curriculum. 

  • Information Session: Thursday, February 7 from 4pm-5pm in HEAV 320
  • Information Session: Monday, February 11 from 5pm-6pm in HEAV 320 (just before the prospective grad student recruitment event at LBC, so we’ll carpool over there afterward!)
  • Drop-in Application Workshop: Wednesday, February 20 from 9am-noon in HEAV G42
  • Drop-in Application Workshop: Tuesday, February 26 from noon-2 in HEAV G42

Additional information on applying to teach can be found here. Questions can be directed to Allegra Smith at or Dr. Jennifer Bay;

Applications are due by 5pm on Monday, March 4. 

2018 Showcase and Crouse Winners

We are excited to announce the winners of both the 2018 Professional Writing Showcase and this year’s recipients of the Crouse Awards in Professional Writing!

Professional Writing Showcase Award Winners

Best Overall Presentation

Title: “Cube Hog”
Presenters: Tyler Damm and Thibault Corens
Instructor: Tony Bushner, ENGL 420E

Best Visual Design

Title: “Northend Neighborhood Data Analysis”
Presenter: Sarah Merryman
Instructor: Carrie Grant, ENGL 203

Best Collaborative Project

Title: “Preserving Roots: Hanna Center’s Move to the New Northend Center”
Presenters: Haley Guthrie and Hannah Jones
Instructor: Carrie Grant, ENGL 203

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Announcing PW Showcase 2018

We are now accepting nominations for the 2018 Professional Writing Showcase, to be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 10am to 3pm in Stewart Center room 310. To nominate your students, please fill out the following Google Form: We are accepting nominations until Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5pm.

2017 Crouse Award Winners

Each year at the annual Writing Showcase, the Professional Writing Program announces the winners of the Crouse Awards in Professional Writing, scholarships offered to undergraduate students in the Professional Writing major and graduate students with secondary concentrations in Professional Writing. The winners of the 2017 Crouse Awards can be found below, along with the names of the alumni judges for the undergraduate awards and the faculty judges for the graduate awards:

Awards for Undergraduate Students
Crouse Writing & Publishing: Blair Newton and Caitlynn Lawson

Crouse Technical Writing: Megan Smith

Study Abroad: Megan Smith

Awards for Graduate Students
Crouse Emergent Scholar: Jeffrey Gerding

Crouse Promising Scholar: Allegra Smith

Internship in Academic Publishing: Devon Cook

Alumni Judges: Mary Adkins, Class of 2015 (Production Manager, Treefrog Marketing); Steven Thorton, Class of 2014 (Technical Writer, Dematic Corporation, Grand
Rapids, MI); Callie Leuck, Class of 2010 (Medical Writer, Avant Healthcare); Angie Klink, Class of 1981 (Author, Historian, Publisher, Marketer, Copywriter, Freelance)

Faculty Judges: Jenny Bay, Associate Professor; Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Professor; Bradley Dilger, Associate Professor and Director of Introductory Composition; Michael J. Salvo, Associate Professor and Director of Professional Writing; Patricia Sullivan, Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Rhetoric and Composition

Professional Writing Showcase 2017 Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated, volunteered, and attended this year’s Professional Writing Showcase! The event was a great success, with insightful presentations, intelligent conversations, and impressive visual design. Below you can find a list of this year’s Professional Writing Showcase winners:

Best Overall Project: Kija Davis – “Mentoring Skills on FIRST Robotics Teams” (Instructor: Jeff Gerding)

Best Collaborative Project: Daniel Miller, Kendra Moyers, Kaela Disney – “Iconographic Tracking of the Google Logo” (Instructor: Erin Brock Carlson)

Best Visual Design: Katherine Lin – “Aortic Stenosis and Treatment with Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)” (Instructor: Dan Kenzie)

People’s Choice: Daniel Miller, Kendra Moyers, Kaela Disney – “Iconographic Tracking of the Google Logo” (Instructor: Erin Brock Carlson)

Instructor IGNITE Session, 1st Place: Erin Brock Carlson, “Iconographic Tracking as a Method for Community Engagement”

Instructor IGNITE Session, 2nd Place: Sherri Craig, “pwn-ing History”

Cover Design Contest: Caitlynn Lawson

Mark Hannah published in Nature

Mark Hannah (PhD, 2011) has been published in Nature!
Hannah’s article looks at communication between scientists, and how technical communicators can help them collaborate more effectively. Arizona State University has published a summary of the article, and the full article, Bridge the Planetary Divide, can be found in Nature.

Graduate student presentations at ATTW 2015 conference

Graduate student presentations at ATTW 2015 in Tampa, Florida

Constructing Knowledge through the Mundane: The Role of Technical Communication in the Apollo Project
Charlotte Hyde

Mobile Student Work Practices in the Study Abroad Class
Adam Strantz

Finding Our Place in Space: Comparing the Values of Design in Technical Communication and Urban Design
Fernando Sánchez

Exploring How Students Attribute Value to Technical Writing Instruction in the Disciplines
Daniel Kenzie

Seeing Red: California’s Drought and Cartographic Clarity
Daniel Liddle