Conferences


Here you’ll find papers, slides, and information on my recent conference presentations. I make materials available from my talks to share with folks who can’t attend conferences, to give attendees information to draw from and think about (and cite!) later, and to circulate my work more widely beyond individual meetings and disciplines.

Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) 2019
Accounting for Age in Technical Communication Research”
Pittsburgh, PA; March 2019

Presentation Title Slide for "Accounting for Age in Technical Communication Research," which features an image of smartphone application wireframes

Older Americans represent the fastest-growing segment of the population: in a decade, 20% of the country will be over age 65. But despite the country’s shifting demographics, technical communication research still fails to account for age as a component of identity, and focuses its inquiry largely on 1) students in undergraduate programs, and 2) the communication work of academics and practitioners in their workplaces, before old age and/or retirement. In this talk, I present research that draws from interviews and task analysis observations conducted with Americans belonging to the “oldest old” demographic (age 75+) to address issues of web usability, accessibility, experience, and aging. [ Talk | Slides ]


Cultural Rhetorics 2018
Method(ologie)s for Conducting Empirical Research in and with Communities”
East Lansing, MI; November 2018

Title Slide for Cultural Rhetorics Conference Presentation

How can we ensure ethical, theoretically grounded practice when conducting research with communities that differ from our own? I describe lessons learned from researching the digital practices of a group of seniors living in a supervised apartment facility. Working with older adults age 70+ presents unique challenges and opportunities for rhetoricians, especially related to storytelling and listening. I illustrate practices such as participant observation, forming mutually beneficial researcher/participant relationships, reciprocal practice and gift-giving, rhetorical listening, and reflexively engaging with researcher subject position. [ Talk | Slides ]