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ETC Team

The Engineering Technical Communications unit is shaped by the wide range of education, teaching, research, and industry experiences of our members. 


 

Angie Burks
Senior Lecturer
309 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1278
burks.81@osu.edu

Education

  • Community Builder Fellow, Harvard University
  • J.D., Boston University School of Law
  • B.A., University of Michigan

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Engineering Ethics, Strategic Communication, Electronic Communication as Legal Evidence

Bio

Angie Burks has presented at the state and national level on engineering ethics and the legal liabilities of electronic communication. In 2016, she was the only OSU College of Engineering Lecturer to present to over 200 engineering managers and directors at the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers continuing education conference. The topic was Emails as Legal Evidence and Mechanical Failures within Toyota.

In 2017, she presented Teaching Engineering Ethics Through the Case Study Method at the American Society for Engineering Education national conference.
 
Burks has been nominated twice for OSU’s Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer and three times for Indiana University’s Trustee’s Teaching Excellence Award.


Lynn Hall
Senior Lecturer
209 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1278
hall.1812@osu.edu

Education
  • Ph.D. (ABD), English, Miami University, December 2016
  • M.A.,  English, Miami University, 2007
  • Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies Program, Miami University, 2007
  • B.A., English, Ohio Dominican University, 2004
     

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Technical Communication
  • Digital Composition
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Modernist Literature & Theatre
  • Gender & Performativity
     

Bio
I am currently finishing my Ph.D. in English from Miami University (Ohio).  In addition to over 15 years of experience in the legal field, I have taught writing in a variety of courses including English composition, literature, women’s studies, business, and technical communication classes.


Jennifer L. Herman
Senior Lecturer
309 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1278
herman.125@osu.edu

Education

  • PhD, English: Rhetoric of Science, Ohio State University, May 2014
  • MA, English, Ohio State University, June 2009
  • BA, English: Shakespeare, Ohio State University, June 2006
  • BA, Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology, Ohio State University, June 2006

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Writing Pedagogy
  • Technical Communication
  • Rhetoric of Science
  • Museum Studies
  • Digital Media Studies

Bio

Trained in science communication and writing pedagogy, Dr. Herman is interested in understanding the writing style and conventions of a wide range of engineer-related industries and disciplines. In turn, she aims to use that understanding to create authentic and meaningful writing assignments that prepare students for the writing and communicative scenarios they will encounter as professional engineers. Dr. Herman is also interested in scientific illustration and visualizations of scientific knowledge, as well as how conventions for making meaning change over time. In addition to her research, Dr. Herman enjoys running, reading, cooking, writing, and spending time with her family.


Deborah Kuzawa
Senior Lecturer
309 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1278
kuzawa.1@osu.edu


Education

  • Ph.D., Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy, The Ohio State University, 2015
  • M.A. English, The Ohio State University 2005
  • M.A. Women's Studies, The Ohio State University 2005
  • B.A. English, Women's Studies Certificate, Ohio University 2001


Teaching and Research Interests

  • Technical Communications
  • Composition/writing pedagogy
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Information Literacy
  • Interdisciplinary research and writing
  • Community literacies and education
  • Queer and cultural studies
  • Digital Media studies


Bio

Though my degrees are in the Humanities, I have always been fascinated by technology, sciences, and related fields. I am interested in finding the spaces where different disciplines overlap and speak to one another, and I am interested in helping students develop stronger critical thinking and information literacy. I've taught and tutored at 2-year and 4-year schools and in community spaces. Some course and topics I have taught include: technical and business writing; research and research strategies; beginning and intermediate composition (including digital media-based composition); literature; women's studies; and GED courses, including language arts, math, social science, and science.  My research has been published in several collections and presented both domestically and internationally. I am a fan of the internet and Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives, and I enjoy cooking, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.


James “Kimo” Tichgelaar                                  

Lecturer
209 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1278
tichgelaar.1@osu.edu
    
Education
•  Ph.D.,  Heritage Studies, Arkansas State University, August 2012
•  MPA, Arkansas State University,  May 2001
•  MA, Museum Science, Texas Tech University, August 1998
•  BA, History, Portland State University, August 1993

 

Teaching & Research Interests
•  Technical Communication
•  Informal Education
•  Communications Technology
•  History, Memory, and Sustainability

Bio
In addition to my academic degrees, I bring a wealth of experience that includes over 15 years in Museums, including teaching Public History.  I have held jobs as diverse as Patternmaker, Record Store Manager, and Volcanic Ash Removal.  My hobbies include homebrewing, photography, and restoring my 1977 MGB convertible


Leah Wahlin
Lecturer
209 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1278
wahlin.1@osu.edu
 

Education

  • M.A., English Literature, Miami University, 2007
  • B.A., English & French, St. Cloud State University, 2005

 

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Teaching with digital technologies
  • Professional and strategic communication
  • Technical communicationMotion design and visual communications
  • Copywriting and content development for digital and social media
     

Bio
I am interested in the intersections of technology and communication. While working on my Master's in Renaissance women's writing, I was a member of the Digital Writing Collaborative at Miami University (Ohio), focusing on teaching writing using digital technologies. After completing my graduate degree, I taught writing and literature, but also built a career as a project manager at a digital marketing agency and then as a content director and researcher for a small company building a gardening app. This experience has given me the opportunity to explore communication in both academic and professional contexts.  I am also serving as a writing partner for a book project with Professor R. Brian Stone (OSU Department of Design) that examines the increasing role of motion design in effective visual communications.