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PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication

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Professional Activities

You should register and complete ENGL 8780 - Seminar in Professional Communication in your first semester. This seminar will introduce you to the expectations of the PhD as well as provide you time, assignments, and activities to help your form a productive foundation for the continuing year. You are expected to participate in the seminar in various ways throughout the program even though you register for the course and receive a grade in your first semester.  

You should consult with your advisors when you have questions related to professional development activities, such as participating in professional organizations, presenting at conferences, and writing articles for publication. You should consider professional activities drawn from those areas as appropriate for you as you explore your research and specialization interests.

Please visit the following pages information on professional organizations, conferences, listservs, and journals in rhetoric, writing, and professional communication.

Professional Organizations and Conferences
ACM Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (SIGDOC)
American Medical Writer's Association (AMWR)
Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)
Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)
Association for Business Communication (ABC)
Biennial Thomas R. Watson Conference
Carolinas' Writing Program Administrators (CarolinasWPA)
College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
Computers and Writing
Council for Programs in Technical & Scientific Communication (CPTSC)
Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA)
Feminisms & Rhetorics (FemRhets)
IEEE Professional Communication Society
International Writing Centers Association (IWCA)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
National Association of Science Writers (NASW)
Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)
Society for Technical Communication (STC)
Two Year College English Association (TWCA)
User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA)

Business and Professional Communication Quarterly
College Composition and Communication

College English
Computers and Composition

Communication Design Quarterly
IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Journal of Advanced Composition (JAC)

International Journal of Business Communication
Journal of Business and Technical Communication
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication
Research in the Teaching of English

Rhetoric Review
Rhetoric Society Quarterly

Teaching in the Two-Year College

Technical Communication
Technical Communication Quarterly
Writing Program Administration
Written Communication


Also check out the following activities sponsored by the English Department at East Carolina University.

Activities at East Carolina University

Doctoral English Studies Organization (DESO)

English Graduate Student Organization

TALGS (TESOL/Applied Linguistics Graduate Students) Conference