professional writing and
technical communication

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

Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1998
M.A., University of Massachusetts, 1986
A.B., Hamilton College, 1978

481 Bartlett Hall

Interests include: nonfiction writing; science writing; literature and mental disease.

Most Recent Book:

Weird Life: the search for life that is very, very different from our own (W.W. Norton, 2013).

Janine Solberg
Assistant Professor of English

Ph.D. (2007) and M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
B.A. Minnesota State University Moorhead

210A Bartlett Hall

Interests include: histories of writing and technology; professional, technical, scientific, and workplace writing; computers and writing; composition theory; new media; visual design; information design/rhetoric; feminist/gender theory.

Her current book project is entitled:

Pretty Typewriters: Gender, Technology, and Literacy in Career Advice Literature for Women, 1900-1945

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

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.

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.

Most Recent Book:

American Folk Toys: Easy-To-Build Toys for Kids of All Ages (Taunton Press, 1998).

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