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Dr. Gary Heba

Email: gheba@bgsu.edu

Gary Heba joined the faculty of the Scientific & Technical Communication at BGSU in 1991. He earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Composition from Purdue University in 1992. Since then, he has taught every communication core course both at the graduate level and the undergraduate level.

Gary is active in the Society for Technical Communication (STC). In the past, he served as the STC Multimedia Special Interest Group (SIG) Manager. He was the STC International Technical Video Competition Manager for 1997-1998. In 1999, he co-edited a special issue of Technical Communication on research. He regularly presents at STC's annual conferences. He served as a proposal reviewer for the Theory and Research Stem of the STC's 43rd Annual Conference.

Science Writing is one of Gary's areas of interest. He has also been involved in research on multimedia and visual rhetoric. His research resulted in a number of articles published in such journals as Intercom, Technical Communication, Computers and Composition, and IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.

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Dr. Jude Edminster

Email: jedmins@bgsu.edu

Jude Edminster began her teaching and research at BGSU in 2002. She earned the M.A. in Renaissance Literature from the University of South Florida in 1995 and the Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition with emphases on Cultural Studies theory, post-colonial theory, and computers and composition in 2002. Her research interests include the investigation of how information technologies with texts at their core are produced and received; how these text-based technologies accommodate both continuities and changes in genre; and how genre theory can assist compositionists and other information researchers in designing usable information forms, as activities and social networks supported by text move into electronic environments. She is particularly interested in the appropriate and effective integration of verbal and visual information, and studies in perception and cognition that necessarily contribute to this effective integration.

As a teacher of Technical Communication, Jude believes that in order for technical communication students to hone their ability to play multiple roles within changing organizational structures, Technical Communication teachers need to develop courses and activities that assist students in developing the rhetorical qualities of practical wisdom (phronesis) and wiliness (metis). Providing them with instruction in current organizational theory and principles for managing both people and information help them to cultivate practical wisdom; educating them about the process of innovation can assist them in developing wiliness.

Jude has a strong commitment to educating all writing students about technology's continuing effects on the practice of writing in a variety of new writing spaces.

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Jennifer Warnke

Email: jkwarnke@bgsu.edu

Jennifer Warnke began teaching at BGSU in 2005. She had previously worked as a technical writer/trainer for a software and media technology company and also taught adjunct at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU). Jennifer has done consulting for a marketing company in Minneapolis, usability testing for the IT department at MSU and freelance editing.