CPTSC Diversity Scholarship Award Winners for 2022

The CPTSC Diversity Committee and Executive Committee are excited to announce three winners for this year’s CPTSC Diversity Scholarship! The number of applications doubled this year, and the committee had a very difficult task in selecting our winners from an excellent application pool. We hope you’ll congratulate our winners and lookout for them at this year’s CPTSC Conference in Colorado Springs on October 27-29, 2022.

First Place: Gabriel Aguilar, Penn State University

Gabriel Lorenzo Aguilar is a PhD student at Penn State studying technical communication in the English department. Gabe is from the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and researches how to improve the communication between humanitarian organizations and those who receive aid. As a Health Policy Research Scholar, a fellowship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered by Johns Hopkins, he hopes to bring issues of health and the humanitarian to technical communication. Congratulatory notes can be sent to: gla22@psu.edu


Second Place: Priyanka Ganguly, Virginia Tech and Michelle Flahive, Texas Tech

Priyanka (Priya) Ganguly is a second-year PhD student in Rhetoric and Writing at Virginia Tech (VT), where her research is at the intersection of rhetorics of health and medicine, technical communication (social justice), and transnational institutional/organizational communication. As she transitions into the dissertation phase of her program, her research interrogates how technical and professional communication (TPC) practitioners, working as public health communicators, exercise rhetorical agency and manage knowledge within their institutional domains and how their rhetorical decision-making and knowledge management impact transnational audiences’ health. To be specific, she plans to explore U.S. Agency of International Development’s (USAID) transnational maternal health communication related expanded rhetorical situations, i.e., backstage rhetorical activities (content creation and decision making), strategies, and/or tactics adopted to improve and/or promote maternal health in India. Her dissertation will contribute to the ongoing works in organizational/institutional communication, transnational, non-western health and medical communication research, and social justice-oriented health communication pedagogy.

Priya has been teaching in the Materials Science and Engineering department’s Engineering Communication Program (ECP) at VT for the past two years. Currently, she teaches Technical Writing course to the undergraduate students. Her recent publications include articles on the statement of purpose (SP) genre and the international reproductive justice (RJ) hashtag activism in journals such as Xchanges and the 39th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication (SIGDOC’21). She has presented in various conferences, such as RSA, CCCCs, and SIGDOC. Congratulatory notes can be sent to: priyankag@vt.edu

Michelle Flahive is a Ph.D. candidate in Technical Communication and Rhetoric and technical writing instructor at Texas Tech University (TTU). She earned her BA in Political Science and MA in Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She has been studying and teaching writing, language, and literacy since 2014. Michelle has previously taught ESL, developmental literacy, and first-year writing. She has also worked in administrative roles—researching and coordinating bilingual STEM education at UTSA from 2016 to 2017 and working as Assistant Director of First-Year Writing at TTU from 2019 to 2021.

Her research interests include composition and rhetoric, Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theory, Latina/Chicana Feminist theory, teacher development, and mentorship. Michelle is currently working on her dissertation, titled, “Understanding the Experiences of Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color Graduate Student Instructors with Mentoring in Writing Programs”. Her dissertation uses testimonio, a Chicana Feminist methodology of oppositional story-telling, to theorize best-practices for mentoring Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color graduate student instructors in composition and rhetoric. Congratulatory notes can be sent to: michelle.flahive@ttu.edu