Research Grants

The research grants committee is charged with the administration and reviewing of applications for the research grants. They make a recommendation for awardees that is forwarded to the Executive Committee for approval.

Committee Chairs: Stacey Pigg, North Carolina State University and Joanna Schreiber, Georgia Southern University.

2020 Grants Committee Members: Pam Estes Brewer, Mercer University; Sara Doan, Kennesaw State University; Christopher McCracken, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse; Johanna Phelps, Washington State University-Vancouver; and Fernando Sanchez, University of St. Thomas.


CPTSC Grants Recipients

Please watch for these research teams to present their work at the CPTSC conference and publish in Programmatic Perspectives.


  • Ann Hill Duin, Jason Tham, and Isabel Pedersen: Building Digital Literacy through Exploration and Curation: Multi-institutional research that revolves around a particularly pressing issue and/or explores innovative curricula and teaching methods
  • Liz Hutter, Xiaoli Li, and Patrick Thomas: Using ABET Assessment to Build Collaborative Partnerships for Technical Communication and Engineering
  • Jeremy Rosselot Merritt and Janel Bloch: Fertile Grounds: Addressing Extra-disciplinary Perceptions of Legitimacy and Value in Technical and Professional Communication


  • Kristin Bivens, Tim Elliot, and Gustav Wiberg: Locating Technical and Professional Communication at Two-Year Institutions
  • Laura Gonzales, Ann Shivers-McNair, and Kendall Leon: Developing User-Centered Technical & Professional Writing Programs at Hispanic-Serving Institutions


No awards given due to the cancellation of the 2016 conference because of Hurricane Matthew.


Program undergoing review and evaluation; no awards given.


Program undergoing review and evaluation; no awards given.


  • Erin Frost,Guiseppe Getto, and Therese Penell: Analyzing successful professionalization practices in technical and professional communication
  • Stephanie Vie and Jennifer DeWinter: Social Media in Technical and Professional Communication: A Programmatic and Curricular Survey and a Repository of Current Practices


  • Pavel Zemliansky: A Study of the Effectiveness of Experiential, Client-­‐Based Projects in Three Professional Communication Courses.


  • Ann Brady, Joanna Schreiber, and Marika Seigel: Angles of Repose : Encouraging Productive Exchange among Technical Communication Programs and the Workplace
  • Tammy Rice-Bailey: Veteran Technical Communicators: Their Take on Quality, Subject Matter Specialists, and Audience
  • Josephine Walwema and Dana Lynn Driscoll: Activating Prior Knowledge through Metacognitive Awareness: An Empirical Study of Professional Writing Courses


  • Donna Kain: Fostering International Collaborations in Professional, Technical, and Scientific Communication Programs
  • Claire Lauer: 12 Designers Responding: Establishing Models of Document Design Feedback in Technical Communication Programs
  • Rich Rice: Technical Communication Program Development through Culture-centered, Glocal Indian-U.S. Study and Teaching Abroad Exchange Models


  • Janel Bloch: Learning from Interns: Recommendations for programs in technical and scientific communication
  • Laura Palmer: Information Literacy Skills of Incoming Master’s Students in Online Technical Communication Programs: An Examination of Faculty Expectations and Student Competencies
  • Rebecca Rickly and Gregory Zobel: Doctoral Student Research Confidence and Research Challenges
  • Heather Shearer and Henrietta Shirk: Foundational Research to Develop Resources for Health Communication Programs


  • Lisa Melonçon: TechComm Programmatic Central: Updating and Populating a Database of Comprehensive Programmatic Data
  • Michael Salvo: European Developments in User-Centered Design: Articulating Centers of Practice
  • Susan Youngblood, Jo Mackiewicz, and Stewart Whittemore: Database for Service Learning Opportunities in Technical Communication (SLOT-C Database)


  • Susan Popham: African-American Women in a Technical Writing Program
  • Karl Stolley, Freddrick Logan, and Mathew Ephraim: Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in Distance Education


  • Ann Brady and Laurence Jose: Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Scientific and Technical Communication
  • Elizabeth Avery Gomez: Towards a Lexicon for Diversity in Technical and Scientific Communication Programs: Strengthening the Message in Academic Programs and Professional Organizations
  • Ed Malone: The Role of Historical Studies in Technical Communication Curricula


  • Nancy Coppola and Norbert Elliot: A Community Research Model for Assessment of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication
  • Jim Nugent: Technical Communication Certificate Program Instructors: Their Situation and Professional Status
  • Carolyn Rude and Kelli Cargile Cook: The Academic Job Market in Technical Communication, 2005-2006


  • Stevens Amidon and Stuart Blythe: Economics, Technology, and the Management of Technical Communication
  • Kirk St.Amant: Expanding CPTSC Program Review Activities: Creating a Reviewer Network


  • Sandra Harner: Trends in Undergraduate Curricula in Technical and Scientific Communication Programs
  • Kenneth T. Rainey and Roy K. Turner: STC Management Interviews
  • Doreen Stärke-Meyerring and Ann Hill Duin: Global Program Partnerships in Technical Communication


  • Charlotte Thralls, Mark Zachry, and Kelli Cargile Cook: A Profile of Doctoral Graduates in Professional, Technical, and Scientific Communication, 1995-2000