of Darold Leigh Henson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of English
Member of the Missouri State Technical Writing Faculty,
Department of English
Advised Department of English head concerning desktop publishing software appropriate for use by advanced students of technical and professional writing (1994– present).
Wrote memos to the head of the Art & Design Department to clarify the purpose and scope of English 675: Designing Technical Documents. This course is required in the technical and professional writing track of the M.A. in Writing (fall, 1994).
Provided editorial assistance to the coordinator of technical writing for descriptions of courses proposed for the technical and professional writing track of the M.A. in Writing (fall, 1994).
Worked with the coordinator of technical writing to prepare a one-page flyer to promote a technical writing minor for psychology majors (fall, 1994).
Assisted with the Missouri State Student Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (1994–present).
Spoke to psychology majors, encouraging them to choose a minor in technical writing (fall, 1994; spring, 1995).
Prepared flyer and made presentation to section of freshman English to explain technical communication and corresponding academic programs offered by Missouri State (spring, 1995).
Proposed a recruitment plan for the Department of English (spring, 1995).
Recommended strategies for layout, design, and copy for Department brochure covering the B.A./M.A. in Writing (spring, 1995); prepared flyer addressed to English majors on the merits of a technical writing minor (1995).
Assisted the coordinator of technical writing with strategies to promote the program, including intercampus mailing to inform faculty of the technical writing minor (1996); obtaining and posting lists of job announcements for student use (1995–present).
Designed and wrote flyers to inform students with various majors about the advantages of English 321: Beginning Technical Writing as well as the Missouri State technical writing minor (1995–present).
Advised search committee seeking to hire faculty member to teach writing for the computer industry (reviewed resumes, prepared questionnaire for students to rate the instructional effectiveness of two candidates, tabulated findings, and reported them to the search committee) (spring, 1996).
Recommended instructional materials for English 670: Teaching Technical/ Professional Writing (fall, 1996).
Assisted coordinator of technical writing with search for an instructor to teach technical writing (reviewed resumes) (1997).
Prepared promotional flyer giving unsolicited testimonials from the student evaluations of four faculty who teach English 321: Beginning Technical Writing (1997).
Member of the Technology (Computer) Committee, Department of English (1994– present)
Offered suggestions concerning hardware selection to upgrade the technical writing computer lab (spring, 1995).
Reported on the activities of the COAL Committee for Technology Review and Assessment (1996).
Recommended software programs appropriate for use by students of technical communication (1994-1997).
Member of Search Committees for Assistant Professors and Lecturers of Technical Writing (1997–present)
Member of Search Committee for Department of English Computer Lab Supervisor (fall, 1995)
Member of the Graduate Committee, Department of English (1996–present)
Member of the Recruitment Committee, Department of English (1996–1997)
Advised on strategies for layout, design, and copy for Department brochure covering the B.A./M.A. in Writing (spring, 1995).
Recommended reuitment strategy through the development of Department flyer and letters to secondary teachers of English and guidance counselors; inviting prospective students to visit Missouri State English classes (fall, 1996).
Prepared flyers on the Missouri State technical writing program for use in university-wide recruitment activities (1997–present).
Participated as member representing the Department of English on the College of Arts and Letters Committee for Technology Review and Assessment (1995–1996)
Coordinated needs assessment and inventory of Department faculty computer systems (fall, 1995).
Acted as liaison among the COAL Technology Committee, the Department Head, and Department Computer Committee concerning a COAL-wide computer technology project (spring, 1996).
Participant in Language Arts Fairs (1995–1998). Judged writing of high school contestants.
Service to the Teaching Profession
Participated in research on the grading of technical writing. Research conducted by faculty at the University of Memphis (summer, 1995).
Prepared documentation to nominate Dr. Kris Sutliff as Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). Application included narrative report and letters solicited from colleagues as well as former professors and students. (Dr. Sutliff was unanimously approved for this honor by both the Nominating Committee and the STC Board of Directors [January, 1997]).
Wrote letters recommending Dr. Kristene Sutliff for STCs Jay R. Gould Award for excellence in mentoring and teaching technical communication (1997 and 1998).
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