Officers

2017-2018

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Craig Baehr, Faculty Sponsor

Craig Baehr

Craig Baehr, Ph.D., is an STC Associate Fellow and Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University, with 24 years of technical communication experience. He currently serves as Director-at-large on the STC Board of Directors. Additionally, he serves as Chief Examiner of the Certified Professional Technical Communicator Program at STC, chairs the Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK) project, and serves as Faculty Sponsor for the STC Texas Tech University Student Chapter.

He is author of three books, Web Development: A Visual-Spatial Approach, Writing for the Internet: A Guide to Real Communication in Virtual Space, and The Agile Communicator. Dr. Baehr and has published material on a wide range of topics, including instructional design, content strategy, hypertext theory, online publishing, and visual communication.

Previously, he worked in industry as a technical writer, editor, Web developer, and program director for ten years for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has been a member of STC since 2000.


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Kylie Jacobsen, Chapter President

Kylie Jacobsen

Kylie Jacobsen is a PhD candidate in technical communication and rhetoric at TTU with a research focus in visual rhetoric and data visualization, disability studies, and usability.

She is an instructor for technical communication, report writing courses and a research assistant in the Usability Research Lab. She values collaboration instead of competition in the classroom and has been awarded two excellence of teaching awards during her graduate teaching career. 

She has co-developed a new curriculum to promote workplace  problem-solving for an introduction to technical writing course at TTU. She has authored a chapter in the public speaking textbook used in Iowa State University’s Speech Communication 212 course.

In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking and geocaching. She can be reached by email at kylie.jacobsen@ttu.edu or LinkedIn.


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Kristen West, Chapter Vice President

Kristen West

Kristen West is a senior technical writing major and a linguistics minor. She is a research assistant in the Phonetics and Phonology Linguistic Lab on campus and is the assistant communication designer intern in the Usability Research Lab. She co-designed the poster awarded the Best Student Poster Award entitled “How to Grow an STC Student Chapter” at 2015 STC National Technical Communication Summit. She can be reached by email at kristen.west@ttu.edu or LinkedIn.


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Jack Labriola, Chapter Vice President

Jack Labriola

Jack Labriola is a third year PhD student in technical communication and rhetoric with a research focus in usability, user experience design, and mobile interaction design.

At TTU, he teaches introduction to technical writing and conducts research in the Usability Research Lab. He also works with small businesses to improve their social media content strategies and help their businesses grow.

Jack has co-authored an article with Dr. Getto (from ECU) in IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication in 2016 and published iFixit Myself: User-Generated Content Strategy in “The Free Repair Guide for Everything.”

When Jack isn’t out usability testing websites and apps or creating them, he can usually be found running, playing ultimate frisbee, or playing the ukulele. He can be reached by email at jack.labriola@ttu.edu or LinkedIn.


Michael McCarthy, STC Chapter Secretary

Michael McCarthy, Chapter Secretary

Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy is a third year PhD student in technical communication and rhetoric with a research focus in rhetoric of science, metaphor theory, NASA, and visual rhetoric.

At TTU, he teaches introduction to technical writing and is the assistant for the Department IT services. He is also the founder and  president of the Technical Communication and Rhetoric Graduate Council. He has published on “Occupational Stigma Communication: The Anticipatory Socialization of Sex Educators” in Health Communication

When Michael isn’t in school or at work, he enjoys reading, playing board games, and disc golf. He can be reached by email at michael.j.mccarthy@ttu.edu or LinkedIn.

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