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Programmatic Perspectives publishes articles related to programmatic issues related to technical communication.



Editorial Philosophy

The editors of Programmatic Perspectives regard the journal as a

  • journal shared by a community,
  • forum for the exchange of ideas and scholarship pertaining to technical communication and related pedagogy and program administration,
  • living classroom for teaching the scholastic, writing, and editorial practices that the technical communication community recognizes, accepts, and applies to scholarship, and
  • site for mentorship of writers, scholars, and administrators.

Sections of the Journal


These articles initiate, extend, and sustain scholarly conversations about the administration of academic programs in technical, scientific, and professional communication. They employ various methods of investigation and range from 6,000-10,000 words. Articles should follow the APA documentation style.

Program Showcase

These articles showcase academic programs in the family of Technical and Scientific Communication. The purpose of the showcase is to share a sense of history, identity, engagement, and change in the administration of our academic sites for professional development. Each program in our community is a response to some local need and is created and administered with a sense of both local and broader community, academic, and professional values. This section seeks to capture the knowledge, experience, and conceptual frameworks that drive our administrative activities. In other words, the showcase seeks to capture what is useful, interesting, and challenging about the administration of a specific program, with the ultimate goal of building upon our shared knowledge.


The first issue of each year will include the keynote presentation from the previous year's annual meeting. If available and approved by teh speaker, audio or video clips will accompany the written text.


Editorials are short position statements, generally 2,000-3,000 words, written by any CPTSC member, including the journal's editors. Relevant programmatic or administrative topics that do not replicate position statements published in the proceedings will be considered for the journal.

In Memoriam. This section offers tributes to influential members of the CPTSC community who have passed on. When possible, multiple celebrants will reflect on the contribution and impact of the deceased.

Book Reviews

Authors are encouraged to submit reviews of books or a collection of articles when such reviews illuminate the work of technical communication administrators interested in the theory and practice of program development and administration.


Tracy Bridgeford

Tracy Bridgeford teaches courses in and directs the Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She also directs the English Department internship program at UNO. As Chief Information Officer, Tracy maintains CPTSC's website and other communication needs. She co-edited with Karla Kitalong and Bill Williamson, a forthcoming Baywood volume called Sharing Our INtellectual Traces: Narratives from Program Administrators in Technical, Scientific, and Professional Communication Programs. With Karla Saari Kitalong and Dickie Selfe, she co-edited Innovative Approaches to Teaching Technical Communication. Tracy also guest edited (with Michael Moore) a special issue of Technical Communication Quarterly on Techne and Technical Communication.

Kirk St. Amant

Kirk St.Amant is a professor of Technical and Professional Communication and of International Studies at East Carolina University.

Laurence José

Laurence José is an Assistant Professor of Writing at Grand Valley State University where she teaches courses in professional writing, business communication, writing in the global context, multimodal composing, document design, and genre theory. She earned her PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication in 2010 from Michigan Technological University. Before serving as one of the main editors of Programmatic Perspectives, she acted as the associate editor as well as the book review editor.

Copyright Information

The Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) requires the following agreements of prospective authors.

  • Authors acknowledge that their submission is original material, not previously published, and not under simultaneous consideration by any other publication.
  • Authors grant the CPTSC permission to publish the submission in Programmatic Perspectives. Authors acknowledge that Programmatic Perspectives is an online publication, and that the submission will thus be available in that form indefinitely.

The CPTSC grants colleges, universities, and libraries permission to use materials published in Programmatic Perspectives free of charge for educational purposes.

Editorial Board

Dave Clark
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Julie Dyke Ford
New Mexico Tech

Sam Dragga
Texas Tech University 

Donna J. Kain
East Carolina University

Karla Saari Kitalong
Michigan Technological University

Lisa Meloncon
University of Cincinnati

Pavel Zemliansky
University of Central Florida


Kaye Adkins, Missouri Western State University

Jo Allen, Widener University

Stevens Amidon, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Cheryl Ball, Illinois State University

Brian Ballentine, West Virginia University

Steve Bernhardt, University of Delaware

Ann Blakeslee, Eastern Michigan University

Stuart Blythe, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Melody Bowden, University of Central Florida

Jennifer Bowie, Georgia State University

Ann Brady, Michigan Tech University

Kelli Cargile Cook, Texas Tech University

J. Harrison Carpenter, University of Colorado at Boulder

Nancy Coppola, New Jersey Institute of Technology

David Dayton, Towson University

Stan Dicks, North Carolina State University

Sam Dragga, Texas Tech University

James Dubinsky, Virginia Tech

Angela Eaton, Texas Tech University

Michelle Eble, East Carolina University

Doug Eyman, George Mason University

Julie Dyke Ford, New Mexico Tech

Jay Gordon, Youngstown State University

Jeffrey Grabill, Michigan State University

Barbara Heifferon, Rochester Institute of Technology

Teresa Henning, Southwest Minnesota State University

James Henry, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Brent Henze, East Carolina University

K. Alex IIyasova, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Dan Jones, University of Central Florida

Donna Kain, East Carolina University

James Kalmbach, Illinois State University

Donna Kain, East Carolina University

Bill Karis, Clarkson University

Karla Saari Kitalong, Michigan Technological University

Kevin LaGrandeur, New York Institute of Technology

Barbara L’Eplattenier, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Bernadette Longo, University of Minnesota

Michael G. Moran, University of Georgia

Rick Mott, Eastern Kentucky University

Cezar Ornatowski, San Diego State University

Elizabeth Pass, James Madison University

Tiffany Craft Portewig, Auburn University

Janice (“Ginny”) Redish, Redish & Associates, Inc.

Rich Rice, Texas Tech

Geoff Sauer, Iowa State University

Blake Scott, University of Central Florida

Selber, Stuart, Penn State

Henrietta Shirk, Montana Tech

Graham Smart, Carleton University

Rachel Spilka, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Kirk St. Amant, East Carolina University

Barry Thatcher, New Mexico State University

Wanda Worley, Purdue University

Dave Yeats, Perceptive Sciences Corporation