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ETC Team

The Engineering Technical Communications unit is shaped by the wide range of education, teaching, research, and industry experiences of our members. 


Mary Faure
Director
225 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1278
faure.2@osu.edu

Education

  • M.A., Rhetoric & Composition, Business & Technical Writing Focus, The Ohio State University
  • B.S., English Education, The Ohio State University


Teaching & Research Interests

  • Technical communication in written, oral, and digital formats
  • Communicating technical information to non-technical audiences
  • Assessment practices
  • Teaming and project management


Bio
Mary's background is a blend of education in the teaching of writing, curiosity about technology, and a desire to support the efforts of students as they improve their writing and oral communication skills. A Bachelor of Science in English Education and a Master of Arts in English provide the academic underpinnings for a 28+ year career teaching undergraduate students to write better. A special interest in Technical Communications led to full time positions writing technical documentation for IT systems and services, coordinating a corporate web site, and later leading technical projects as an IT Project Manager in the B2B E-commerce industry. In each position, integrating technology to communicate with others effectively led to successful projects and products. With this background, Mary returned to teaching Technical Communications at The Ohio State University as the Director of the Engineering Technical Communications  team within the Department of Engineering Education.


Angie Burks
Senior Lecturer
309 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1278
burks.81@osu.edu

Education

  • Community Builder Fellow, Harvard University
  • J.D., Boston University School of Law
  • B.A., University of Michigan

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Strategic Communication, Ethics and Technology

Bio
I am excited to be able to live within my passion. With a love of strategic communication, I taught over 900 students at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, I was blessed to be nominated for the IU Trustees Teaching Excellence Award. Certified in Blackboard Learning Systems, I was recruited by Northeastern University to teach Negotiations and Mediation. The lectures have been delivered to over 300 students in 4 regions of the world.

My goal within the Technical Communications Center is to help my engineers (my Steve Wozniaks) to be more like Steve Jobs and use the power of communication to share their brilliant ideas regarding innovation, design and technology.  I am thrilled to be a part of the global intersection of ethics, communication, humanity and technology. 


Yvonne Burry
Senior Lecturer
342 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1278
burry.5@osu.edu

Education

  • M.A., Science Journalism, The Ohio State University
  • B.A., Science Education, University of Colorado (Boulder)

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Technical Communication
  • Professional & Strategic Communication
  • Copywriting & Editing

Bio
Two life-long fascinations, writing and technology, aligned when I realized how much academia and industry need subject matter experts who can communicate effectively. First as a high-school science teacher, and then for many years, as a technical editor and trainer at Battelle, I have enjoyed many opportunities to promote high-quality writing. My background includes a BA in Science Education from the University of Colorado (Boulder) and an MA in Science Journalism from The Ohio State University. I also continue to maintain an active consultancy, writing about technical topics and developing evaluation materials for the national standards in career technical education. Teaching at Ohio State is truly wonderful. The bright, young students are tomorrow’s future, and to have a small role in that future is so rewarding.


Lynn Hall
Senior Lecturer
209 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1278
hall.1812@osu.edu

Education
  • Ph.D. (ABD), English, Miami University, December 2016
  • M.A.,  English, Miami University, 2007
  • Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies Program, Miami University, 2007
  • B.A., English, Ohio Dominican University, 2004
     

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Technical Communication
  • Digital Composition
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Modernist Literature & Theatre
  • Gender & Performativity
     

Bio
I am currently finishing my Ph.D. in English from Miami University (Ohio).  In addition to over 15 years of experience in the legal field, I have taught writing in a variety of courses including English composition, literature, women’s studies, business, and technical communication classes.


Jennifer L. Herman
Senior Lecturer
309 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1278
herman.125@osu.edu

Education

  • PhD, English: Rhetoric of Science, Ohio State University, May 2014
  • MA, English, Ohio State University, June 2009
  • BA, English: Shakespeare, Ohio State University, June 2006
  • BA, Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology, Ohio State University, June 2006

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Writing Pedagogy
  • Technical Communication
  • Rhetoric of Science
  • Museum Studies
  • Digital Media Studies

Bio
My research focuses on the ways in which scientific knowledge is changed when it is accommodated for written, visual, and hands-on activities in science and technology museums. I’m also interested in historical scientific illustration and how conventions for making meaning change over time. My hobbies include running, cooking, writing, and spending time with my family.


Deborah Kuzawa
Senior Lecturer
309 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1278
kuzawa.1@osu.edu


Education

  • Ph.D., Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy, The Ohio State University, 2015
  • M.A. English, The Ohio State University 2005
  • M.A. Women's Studies, The Ohio State University 2005
  • B.A. English, Women's Studies Certificate, Ohio University 2001


Teaching and Research Interests

  • Technical Communications
  • Composition/writing pedagogy
  • Interdisciplinary research and writing
  • Digital Communications
  • Community literacies and education
  • Queer and cultural studies
  • Digital Media studies


Bio
Though my degrees are in the Humanities, I have always been fascinated by technology, sciences, and related fields, and I am interested in finding the spaces where different disciplines overlap and speak to one another.  I've taught and tutored at 2-year and 4-year schools and in community spaces. Some course and topics I have taught include: technical and business writing; research and research strategies; beginning and intermediate composition (including digital media-based composition); literature; women's studies; and GED courses, including math, social science, and science.  I am a fan of the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives, and I enjoy cooking, gardening, biking, traveling, and spending time with my partner and our dogs.


James “Kimo” Tichgelaar                                  

Lecturer
209 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1278
tichgelaar.1@osu.edu
    
Education
•  Ph.D.,  Heritage Studies, Arkansas State University, August 2012
•  MPA, Arkansas State University,  May 2001
•  MA, Museum Science, Texas Tech University, August 1998
•  BA, History, Portland State University, August 1993

 

Teaching & Research Interests
•  Technical Communication
•  Informal Education
•  Communications Technology
•  History, Memory, and Sustainability

Bio
In addition to my academic degrees, I bring a wealth of experience that includes over 15 years in Museums, including teaching Public History.  I have held jobs as diverse as Patternmaker, Record Store Manager, and Volcanic Ash Removal.  My hobbies include homebrewing, photography, and restoring my 1977 MGB convertible


Leah Wahlin
Lecturer
209 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1278
wahlin.1@osu.edu
 

Education

  • M.A., English Literature, Miami University, 2007
  • B.A., English & French, St. Cloud State University, 2005

 

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Teaching with digital technologies
  • Professional and strategic communication
  • Technical communicationMotion design and visual communications
  • Copywriting and content development for digital and social media
     

Bio
I am interested in the intersections of technology and communication. While working on my Master's in Renaissance women's writing, I was a member of the Digital Writing Collaborative at Miami University (Ohio), focusing on teaching writing using digital technologies. After completing my graduate degree, I taught writing and literature, but also built a career as a project manager at a digital marketing agency and then as a content director and researcher for a small company building a gardening app. This experience has given me the opportunity to explore communication in both academic and professional contexts.  I am also serving as a writing partner for a book project with Professor R. Brian Stone (OSU Department of Design) that examines the increasing role of motion design in effective visual communications.