Professional Writing and Technical Communication

University of Massachusetts Amherst

PWTC Faculty

Janine Solberg |
Co-Director, Program for Professional Writing and Technical Communication

210A Bartlett Hall
413.545.3560
jlsolber@english.umass.edu

Bio: Ph.D. and M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Interests include histories of writing, technology, and gender; professional and technical writing; UX, content strategy, and information design. Solberg is working on a book about early 20th century career advice literature for women.


David Toomey |
Co-Director, Program for Professional Writing and Technical Communication
Professor of English

481 Bartlett Hall
413.545.5519
dtoomey@english.umass.edu

Bio: Ph.D., University of Virginia; M.A., University of Massachusetts; A.B., Hamilton College. Interests include nonfiction writing; science writing; literature and mental disease. Toomey's most recent book is Weird Life: The Search for Life that is Very, Very Different from Our Own (W.W. Norton, 2013).

Emeritus faculty

John R. Nelson, Jr. |
Founder, Program for Professional Writing and Technical Communication
Professor Emeritus of English

nelson@english.umass.edu

Bio: Ph.D., University of Oregon (1967); M.A., University of Maine (1962); A.B. Hamilton College (1959). Interests include: American Realism, American Literature of the 1920's and 1930's, and the modern novel from 1930 to the present. Nelson is the author of American Folk Toys: Easy-To-Build Toys for Kids of All Ages (Taunton Press, 1998).

With the advice and counsel of Dr. Richard Howard of Digital Equipment Corporation, Nelson founded the Professional Writing and Technical Communication Program at the University of Massachusetts in 1990. The program traces its roots to professional writing courses taught during the 1970s and 1980s by Professor John Mitchell.