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Clarkson Professor Wins Award In Technical Communication Field

Donna Kain, assistant professor of Technical Communications at Clarkson University, has been awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award in Technical Communication by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Kain received the award for her dissertation, "Negotiated Spaces: Constructing Genre and Social Practice in a Cross-Community Writing Project," which investigates the way established genres influence teamwork and the way team members apply their genre knowledge in a multidisciplinary writing project.

Kain received her award at the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing banquet held last month in San Antonio, Texas.

Kain received her doctoral degree in rhetoric and professional communication from Iowa State University. She joined Clarkson as an assistant professor in 2002. Before coming to Clarkson, Kain worked as a writing instructor at Iowa State University and as a consultant in communications, documentation, and Web site development. Her research interests include the discourse and genres of public policy, professional communication and composition pedagogy, and Web-based learning environments for writing-intensive courses.

The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and language arts at all levels of education. Since 1911, NCTE, through its 60,000 members, has provided an array of opportunities for teachers and other professionals in related fields to continue their professional growth throughout their careers, and a framework for cooperation to deal with issues that affect the teaching of English.

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