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MemberKirk St.Amant

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).

MemberAmelia Chesley

I have a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Purdue University. My research and teaching both engage with online communities of participatory knowledge-making and creative work, particularly volunteer groups and projects. I am also interested in intellectual property, remix culture, transdisciplinarity, and digital rhetorics. Currently I teach as an Assistant Professor of professional communication at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Outside of academia, I’ve worked as a graphic designer, web developer, librarian, and editorial assistant. When I have time, I also record audiobooks with LibriVox.

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

MemberJames Andrew Smith

James Andrew Smith is an Associate Lecturer in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering. Dr. Smith received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta. Following the completion of his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at McGill University, he undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Jena’s Institute for Sports Science, in Jena, Germany. In a previous position at Ryerson University he directed the undergraduate biomedical engineering program and helped lead the program to successful accreditation with the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. In addition to his interest in STEM pedagogy, Dr. Smith applies his background in robotics, biomechanics and 3D printing to the development of dynamic human birth models. He has won teaching awards at Ryerson University as well as the University of Alberta. Dr. Smith was the recipient or co-recipient of four IEEE Real World Engineering Projects awards from 2007 to 2010. He was also co-recipient of second place in the design competition at the 2012 Healthcare Innovation Conference in Houston, Texas.