Austin Community College

Business & Technical Communication Program: Faculty

Adjunct BTCM faculty do not necessarily teach every semester. The following is a general listing of individuals who have taught in the ACC Business & Technical Communications program in the past five years. If you are interested in teaching business and technical communication courses at ACC, contact David McMurrey, department head. (Be aware that ACC's accreditation agency requires that only people with degrees in English, Rhetoric & Composition, or Technical Communication can teach in this program.)

David A. McMurrey, Ph.D., Department Chair Eleven years at IBM Corporation as editor and writer; co-author (with David Beer, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas Austin) of Guide to Writing as an Engineer (Wiley, 1997); author of Process in Technical Writing (Macmillan, 1988); author of Power Tools for Technical Communication (Harcourt, 2001); author of Writing Handbook for Engineers (Thomson Engineering, 2007); developer of online courses for ACC, TCEQ, and other organizations; trainer for Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services, Samsung Austin Semiconductor, Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Wayne Dresser Corporation, Texas Department of Human Services, Tivoli Systems, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Texas Bureau of Radiation Control; contract editing and writing with Dell and Tivoli. (Assumed duties as program coordinator August 2001.) (Visit his website.)
Ana Mejia-Dietche Ana graduated from Yale College with a degree in English Language and Literature and later earned her law degree at the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Ana is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Texas (Active Status), Maryland State Bar (Inactive Status) and District of Columbia Bar (Inactive Status). Ana’s experience spans employment as an attorney for the National Institutes of Health and over six years as a program attorney with the State Bar of Texas’ Professional Development Program. She enjoyed community outreach roles for various employers including the National Treasury Employee’s Union and Congressman Lloyd Doggett. Most of her work involved some level of interaction with state and federal agencies.

Ana recently left Austin Community College’s grant development department to serve as the Director of the Health Industry Steering Committee at the Skillpoint Alliance. Her volunteer work includes service on the boards of the Women’s Advocacy Project, Lone Star Girl Scout Council and Austin Free-Net.
J. D. Williams After ten years as a newspaper reporter, page designer, and editor, J.D. Williams earned a Master of Arts in Technical Communication from Texas Tech University. His technical writing experience includes creating and teaching others how to develop online help systems. Mr. Williams has created documentation for user and technical audiences to support a variety of software applications. His experience includes the creation of dynamic web applications using XML and SQL databases. (Visit his website.)
Scott Mogull Received a Master's degree in Technical Communication from The University of Washington and a second Master's degree in Microbiology from The University of Texas at Austin. Currently employed in the biotech industry as a product manager and teaches at ACC in the Biology and Technical Communication Departments. Previous positions within the biotech industry include technical communication consultant and coordinator of global technical information. (Visit his website.)
Sharon L. Gunter Sharon has been writing software design and user documentation for the Healthcare, Telecommunications and Mortgage Industries since 1992. The most fun so far has been writing functional specifications as part of a team designing custom software. After moving to Austin in 1998, she completed her MA in English/Creative Writing at UT in 2000. In addition to teaching at ACC, Sharon is a Written Communications Instructor in LeTourneau University’s undergraduate business program.
David Cramer, Ph.D. Advisor for ETWR 2478, XML and Structured Authoring for Information Specialists, and ETWR 2473, XHTML and CSS for Information Specialists. (Visit his website.)
Diana Barkley Information Specialist for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and has close to 20 years experience in state government. She has won three (and contributed to two) award-winning entries in the Austin STC Technical Publications Competition. Diana currently serves as manager of STC's Environmental, Safety, and Health (ES&H) Communication Special Interest Group. She has a Bachelor of Journalism (University of Texas-Austin), Certificate in Technical Communication (ACC), as well as National Certified Inspector/Investigator Training (Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation), and basic auditor training (Texas State Auditor's Office).
Mindy F. Reed, MLIS, MA Holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Humanities from Southern Methodist University and Baker University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Business from Kansas State University. Owner of The Authors' Assistant, which provides, editing, proof reading and indexing services to authors and publishers. Works part-time as a reference librarian. Former-director of Procurement and Marketing for Dell Computer Corporation and Director of Corporate Re-engineering for Compaq Computer Corporation. Member of the American Society of Indexers, Women in Scholarly Publishing, the Small Press, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN), the American Book Cooperative, and the Writers' League of Texas. Certified trainer for the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI). For the last ten years, facilitator for Writing From the Heart, a writing collective here in Austin. (Visit her website.)
Beth Strout MA from UNT and has taught Writing, Developmental Writing, and Technical Writing at San Diego State University and National University. Beth works as a freelance writer, technical writer, and editor and, like many English-major types who try to support themselves as freelancers, has worked on a wide range of mostly unrelated projects. A regular contributor to the Utne-award-winning BrainChild magazine, Beth has written everything from advertizing copy to technical instruction manuals to travel literature for people who travel with their dogs. Several full-text versions of her essays are available online for the intrepid Google searcher. (Visit her website.)
David Pruett, Ph.D. Technical writer and editor for an engineering company for several years before grad school. While earning an M.A. and a Ph.D., he taught freshman composition and technical writing courses at Texas A&M for 10 years. With C. Jan Swearingen, he co-authored "Language Diversity and the Classroom: Problems and Prospects, a Bibliography" (in Language Diversity in the Classroom: From Intention to Practice, ed. Geneva Smitherman and Victor Villanueva, 2003) and co-edited Rhetoric, the Polis, and the Global Village: Selected Papers from the 1998 Thirtieth Anniversary Rhetoric Society of America Conference (1999). He has also published reviews in several journals. His degrees are in English, with extensive coursework in rhetoric and linguistics.
Wayne M. Butler, Ph.D. Earned his Ph.D. in English Education, with an emphasis on rhetoric and technology, from U.T Austin. Has taught academic writing, computers and writing, and technical communications at The University of Texas, The University of Michigan, and Texas Tech University. Co-authored Writing the Information Superhighway (Allyn and Bacon, 1997) with William Condon. Served as a founding member, corporate manager, chief operations officer and then CEO of The Daedalus Group, Inc., an educational software firm that pioneered the use of LAN and Internet technologies to support collaborative learning and the writing process. Currently serves as College Curriculum Supervisor at the University of Texas at Austin Distance Education Center where he heads up efforts to build online distance education courses.
Bob Klau Bob Klau has been teaching at ACC for over twenty years, twelve of those with the Technical Communications program. Current, he also acts as Technical Communications Lab Manager in addition to teaching courses in English and Developmental Writing. He holds a B.A. from University of Wisconsin and an M.A. from University of Michigan.
Laura Clymer Laura comes to us from Tivoli where she is an information developer (fancy name for technical writer). Her work involves product documentation in print and online media, using FrameMaker, XML applications such as SoftQuad's XMetaL, and Dreamweaver. Laura is our driving force to get such cutting-edge topics as XML, single sourcing, and structuring authoring into the TCM program!
Dan Lupo, Ph.D. Teacher of various flavors of writing (freshman composition, literary analysis, business writing, technical writing, executive report writing) at Emerson College, St. Anselm College, the University of Lowell, Purdue University, the Krannert Graduate School of Business, and St. Edward's University Graduate School of Management, Dan holds a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, with an emphasis on Professional Communication. While at Purdue, he earned three Excellence in Teaching awards. Dan has been a Technical Writer for Loral Aerospace, a Market Researcher for Apple Computer, and a Senior Information Developer for IBM Austin. Since 1995, Dan has held various roles at Dell, Inc.: Documentation and Training Analyst, Training Developer, Webmaster, and Learning and Development Manager. Dan is currently Training Manager for a global software implementation project in the Finance organization at Dell. (Visit his website.)
Katherine Staples, Ph.D., Former Program Coordinator Founder of ACC's Technical Communications Program in 1984, Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, active member of the Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication and of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, winner of Jay Gould Award (STC) and the Minnie Stevens Piper Professorship, co-editor of Foundations for Teaching Technical Communication: Theory, Practice, and Program Design (Ablex, 1999), co-author Technical English (Longman, 2000), and active consultant in the areas of technical communication, adult learning, and the teaching of writing. (Dr. Staples stepped down from her coordinator role in the ACC program August 2001.)

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