Note: This page is about my work teaching in the Department of Business and Technical Communications at Austin Community College. For information on creative writing workshops and coaching, please visit this page.
I joined the BTCM faculty in the fall of 2013 as an adjunct assistant professor. I teach 2-3 sections each semester, both on campus and through distance learning. I love being able to interact with students in the classroom, and also make use of educational technologies to work with students I never see in person.
I teach two courses at ACC: Technical and Business Writing, and Technical Publishing with Microsoft Word.
Technical and Business Writing (ENGL 2311)
Principles, techniques, and skills needed to conduct scientific, technical, or business writing. Instruction in the writing of reports, letters, and other exercises applicable to a wide range of disciplines and careers. Emphasis on clarity, conciseness, and accuracy of expression. Research techniques, information design, effective use of graphics, and preparation and presentation of oral reports will be covered. Students planning to transfer to a 4-year university should take ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements for English Rhetoric/Composition. Workforce education programs require either ENGL 2311 or ENGL 1301 for the General Education requirement. Students should consult the college catalog or an advisor to determine which course is required by their degree plan.
Technical Publishing with Microsoft Word (ETRW 2476)
In this workshop-style course, students practice structuring, designing, and writing book-length documents (books, reports, or both) using the automation and productivity features in Microsoft Word. In addition to composing clear readable text and practicing good document design, students create customized character and paragraph styles, templates, automated tables of contents, indexes, cross-references, table and figure numbers, and other numbering streams. Starting in Spring 2015, this course will also accommodate OpenOffice, and will cover content required to pass the Microsoft Word certification exam.
To view some of the Microsoft Word tutorials I use in my class, check out the YouTube playlist. You are welcome to use these tutorials for educational purposes.
If you’re a current ACC student, or are interested in taking this class either for a degree or through Continuing Education, you can get information from the ACC Registration page.
Tip Jar: If you’re not an ACC student but you’ve gotten benefit from my educational videos and would like to leave a tip, you can do so via PayPal.