MemberCarly Finseth

Currently, my research is focused on the intersections of technical communication, rhetoric, gaming, and learning, with a specific focus on instructional design and usability. In general, the following areas are of interest:Pedagogy
+ Teaching writing
+ Learning and games
+ Multimodal pedagogy
+ Online education
+ Instructional design
+ Assessment Society, Culture, & Technology
+ Gaming, society, and culture
+ Online communities
+ Open source culture and technologies
+ Gender and society
+ New mediaTechnical Communication
+ Technical writing and editing
+ Usability
+ Information design
+ Publications management
+ Qualitative and mixed methods research

MemberAureliano DeSoto

Aureliano Maria DeSoto is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Chair of the Department of Ethnic and Religious Studies at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. He also serves as Immediate Past Chair on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) for 2019-2020. At Metropolitan State University, he teaches Comparative Ethnic Studies and Latino Studies courses in the Department of Ethnic and Religious Studies, and has taught LGBT Studies and the theory and methods seminar for the Program in Gender Studies, as well as supervised Capstone projects in both Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies. He also serves as faculty in the Master of Liberal Studies Program. DeSoto specializes in online education and pedagogy, and has pioneered asynchronous online and hybrid preparations in Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies, as well as presented on the topic of online course development, pedagogy, design, and best practices at campus and regional gatherings. He has completed advanced training seminars through the Center for Online Learning at Metropolitan State, including Quality Matters standards, and has served as a QM faculty reviewer.

MemberKirk St.Amant

…Selected Projects 

ViLi (Visual-Video Literacies) Project                                                                                                  Erasmus and European Union–Funded Project on Visual Literacy and Online Education Lancaster University (lead institution), Lancaster, UK

Neuronal Network in Epilepsy and Memory (NeuroNEM) Research Team                                                  NSF-funded project investigating technologies for preventing epileptic seizures Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science (CBERS) …
…Selected Publications

St.Amant, K. (2018). Reflexes, Reactions, and Usability: Examining How Prototypes of Place Can Enhance UXD Practices. Communication Design Quarterly, 6(1): 45-53.

St.Amant, K. (2017). Of friction points and infrastructures: Re-thinking the dynamics of offering online education in technical communication in global contexts. Technical Communication Quarterly, 26(3): 1-19.

St.Amant, K.  (2017). The cultural context of care in international communication design: A heuristic for addressing usability in international health and medical communication. Communication Design Quarterly, 5(2):62-70.


Kirk St.Amant is a Professor and Eunice C. Williamson Endowed Chair in Technical Communication at Louisiana Tech University where he is also a Research Faculty member with Tech’s Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science (CBERS).  He researches how cognition affects usability and the design of technology with a focus on international health and medical contexts and international online education. Kirk has worked on international projects with a number of industry, governmental, and non-profit organizations and has taught for universities in Belize, China, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Qatar, Ukraine, and the United States.   Kirk is also an Adjunct Professor of International Health and Medical Communication with the University of Limerick in Ireland, and he is an affiliated faculty member in the Texts & Technologies Program at the University of Central Florida and a Research Fellow/Expert in Residence with the Ghana-based African Centre for Science and International Security (AFRICSIS).

MemberSteve McCarty

…Elected President since 1998 of the free academic NGO World Association for Online Education (WAOE FB Page / e-mail discussion list)….

Steve is from Boston and lives near Kyoto with his Japanese wife. A full Professor for 22 years, he now lectures for Osaka Jogakuin University and the Japanese government international agency JICA. He has also been President of the World Association for Online Education since 1998. He has taught classes at three graduate schools including the national University of Tsukuba near Tokyo. At Kansai University from 2015-2020 he taught international ICT-related classes and was in a unique Faculty Development position. His CV lists 222 publications and 81 presentations, with Google Scholar finding 365 citations to his work. See the Project below for research areas, or visit his homepage Japanned at HC.

MemberSteven Tötösy de Zepetnek

Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek’s areas of scholarship include (comparative) literature and cultural studies; comparative media and communication studies; postcolonial studies; (im)migration and ethnic minority studies; digital humanities (new media and knowledge management); education incl. online education and design; editing and publishing (print & online); film and literature; audience studies; European, US-American, and Canadian cultures and literatures; history; bibliography; and conflict management and diversity training. Education: B.A. history and German studies (U of Western Ontario 1980), M.A. comparative literature (Carleton U 1983), B.Ed. history and English as a second language (U of Ottawa 1984), Ph.D. comparative literature (U of Alberta 1989). Teaching: comparative literature, German, and English U of Alberta 1984-2000; media and communication studies U of Halle-Wittenberg 2002-2011; comparative literature Purdue U 2000-; education & cultural studies Ghent U 2012-; and (distinguished) visiting professorships in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Publications: single-authored books include Comparative Cultural Studies and the Future of the Humanities (forthcoming); Comparative Literature: Theory, Method, Application; The Social Dimensions of Fiction; edited volumes include Digital Humanities and the Study of Intermediality in Comparative Cultural Studies; Companion to Comparative Literature, World Literatures, and Comparative Cultural Studies; Mapping the World, Culture, and Border-crossing; Perspectives on Identity, Migration, and Displacement; Imre Kertész and Holocaust Literature; Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies; Comparative Central European Holocaust Studies; The New Central and East European Culture; Comparative Cultural Studies and Michael Ondaatje’s Writing; 200+ articles in peer-reviewed journals; also publications in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Macedonian, Mara-thi, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish translation. Editing and publishing 1981-current including series editor of Books in Comparative Cultural Studies (Purdue UP); Books in Comparative Culture, Media, and Communication Studies (Shaker Press); Research Institute for Comparative Literature Book Publishing Programme (U of Alber-ta); editor, CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture (Purdue UP), Canadian Review of Comparative Litera-ture/Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée (Canadian Comparative Literature Association / Association Canadienne de Littérature Comparée), and special issues of various journals. Languages: near-native English, native German and Hungarian, fluent French, reading Latin, Russian, Spanish, Italian.