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Department of English

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NCLR 2011


Sherry G. Southard
Associate Professor

Office: OCB G313
Phone: 252-737-1091

Sherry Southard  came to East Carolina University in 1989 after ten years as a member of the technical and professional communication faculty at Oklahoma State University. Her current research interests include theory and practice in e-learning environments, especially in academic ones, as well as research in tpc. Her publications have appeared as book chapters, proceeding articles for international and national conferences, and articles & edited columns in journals such as Technical Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, JBTC, and IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. She has received a teaching award from the Society for Technical Communication, as well as one by IEEE's Society for Professional Communication for distinction in technical communication education, recognizing innovation. She has served actively in several professional organizations, such as STC, CPTSC, and ATTW. Her professional career outside of academia has included writing and editing for employers such as NASA, IFSTA (International Firefighters), and Carolina's Construction Organization.


B.S. Purdue University
M.A. Purdue University
Ph.D. Purdue University

Primary Areas of Research/Teaching
E-learning Curriculum & Programs
Instructional Documentation
Training Materials
Academic & Corporate Research

Courses Taught
7746: Training in Professional Communication
7745: Teaching Professional Communication
7730: Issues in Technical Communication
7710: Professional Communication
7701: Research Methods in Technical & Professional Writing
6740/6741: Internship in Technical & Professional Communication
6715: Technical Writing
6700: Advanced Editing
5780: Advanced Writing for Business & Industry
4890/4891: Practicum: Careers in Writing
3880: Writing for Business & Industry
3820: Scientific Writing

E-mail & Website Links
Technical & Professional Communication Program
Southard's Index Page
CPTSC 2007