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Linda P. Driskill
Professor Emerita
Research Professor; Professor Emerita of English & Management Communications
 
e-mail:driskila@rice.edu
 
  • BA with honors, Rice University (1961) Rice University, Houston, TX USA
  • Ph.D., Rice University English (1970) Rice University, Houston, TX USA
  • Master of Arts, Rice University (1968) Rice University, Houston, TX USA
 
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of English
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    Research Areas
     Engineering and professional communication, academic writing, international communication, writing in the disciplines
     
    Teaching Areas
     technical and professional communication, visual design, rhetoric of atomic energy in the 20th century
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Driskill, L. P. (2009). New design technologies and cultural predispositions in international engineering posters. Journal of Arts in Society 4, (3):193-208.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P.; Volz, T.; Stearns, J.; & Lewis, K. (1997). Students' reasoning and rhetorical knowledge in first-year chemistry. Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 2, 3, 3-94. 

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. & Rymer, J. (1986). The concept of uncertainty: Theory and practice. Journal of Business Communication 23 (3), 41-56.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. (February 1977). Motivating students with a winning assignment. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. Reprinted in New Directions in the Teaching of Technical

    Writing, 1978.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. & Meyerowitz, J. (M.D.). (1975). Using narrative skills in the rehabilitation of hospitalized drug addicts. Hospital and Communitv Psychiatry.

     
     Book chapters
     

    Driskill, L. P. Designing a visual argument course in an era of accelerating technological change. In E. Brumberger & K. Northcut (Eds.). Designing texts: Teaching visual communication. NY: Routledge.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P., & Watts, J. Z. (March 2010). Integrating experts and non-experts in mathematical sciences research teams: A qualitative approach. In J. Conklin & G. Hayhoe (Eds.), Qualitative Research in Technical Communication (pp. 294-330). New York: Routledge.  

     
     

    Driskill, L. P., & Driskill, F. E. (2000). Risk-based design in a pipeline engineering project for Colombia: “First do no harm.” In Deborah Bosley (Ed.), Global contexts: Case studies in international technical communication (pp. 148-173). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P., & Tebeaux, E. (1999). Culture and the shape of rhetoric: Protocols of international document design. In Carl Lovitt and Dixie Goswami, (Eds.), Exploring the rhetoric of international professional communication (pp. 211-252). Amityville, NY: Baywood Press.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. (1995). Collaborating across international borders. In D. Andrews, (Ed), International Technical Communication. Society for Technical Communication.  

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. (1989). Understanding the writing context in organizations, In Myra Kogen (Ed.), Writing in the Business Professions (pp.125-145). Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English and Association for Business Communication. Republished in Suart Selber (Ed.), Central Works in Technical Communication (pp. 55-78), Oxford U. Press, 2004.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. (1988). Vote for me: Winning votes with style. In S. J. Stang and R. Wiltenburg (Eds.), Collective wisdom: A source book of lessons for writing teachers. Random House.

     
     Book reviews
     

    Driskill, L. P. (2003). Review for Technical Communication Quarterly  of The MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Communication, 2nd edition, by James G. Paradis and Muriel L. Zimmerman, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. (2003). Review. The Rhetoric of Risk: Technical Documentation in Hazardous Environments, by Beverly Sauer. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publisher, 2003. Technical Communication Quarterly

     
     Refereed conference papers
     

    Driskill, L. P.; & Cezeaux, U. (2007). Preparing engineering students for intercultural communication in developing countries. Conference Proceedings, International Conference on Engineering Education and Research. University of Melbourne. Melbourne, Australia. December 2007.

     
     Other
     

    Driskill, L. P. (July 2010). Optimizing your conference poster’s impact. Chemical Engineering Progress (monthly magazine of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers), 43-48.

     
     A Method for Evaluating Career Trajectories of Program Participants: A Recommendation Based on a Study of Small Groups in a VIGRE Program at Rice University. A Report to the National Academy of Sciences Special Panel Evaluating the NSF VIGRE Program, Neal Glassman, Chair. July 31, 2008
     
     

    Driskill, L. & Cezeaux, U. (2008). Materials on Intercultural Communication in Developing Countries for Engineering Students. http://cnx.org

     
     Communication Instruction Materials from the Cain Project in Engineering and Professional Communication 1998-2008. at http://cnx.org; http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~cainproj/
     
     

    Driskill, L. P. (2003). Guest Editor’s Introduction, Special issue of Language and Learning across the Disciplines, Vol. 6, No. 3, August, devoted to panels and presentations from the Sixth National Writing across the Curriculum Conference held at Rice University, March 2002.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. (Fall 1999). ABET 2000: A new opportunity for technical communication faculty. Bulletin of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing 9, 22-23.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. (1998). International communication. Entry in the Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, edited by J. G. Webster,  New York: John Wiley & Sons.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. (1997). Guest Editor, Introduction. Special issue on international communication: How can we address issues in international business and technical communication? The Journal of Business and Technical Communication 11: 253-260.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. (1996).Writing medical school application essays. Bulletin of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 

     
     

    Driskill, L.; Klein, J; & Walker, P. (1995). Building communication skills for tomorrow's minority doctors, Journal of Academic Medicine.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. (1981). Trends in product liability affecting technical writers. Technical Communication:

    Perspectives for the Eighties, NASA CP-2204. VoI. II, pp. 597-608.

     
    Presentations
     Invited Papers
     

    Driskill, L. P. & Watts, J. Z. (2012). A research approach for analyzing healthcare research implementation communication. International Conference on Communication in Healthcare. European Association for Communication in Healthcare. University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland.Sept. 4-7, 2012.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. and Watts, J.Z. Communication methods that increased mathematical science teams’ effectiveness. Science of Team Science Conference, Northwestern University, Chicago Illinois. March15-17, 2012.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Extra-textual issues in understanding genre perception: The case of museum exhibitions. International Genre Conference. Carleton University. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. June 26-29, 2012.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. New visual design technologies and the persistence of cultural predispositions. International Arts in Society Conference, Venice, Italy. July, 2009.

     
     Driskill, L. P. “Preparing Engineering Students for Intercultural Communication in Developing Countries.” International Conference on Engineering Education and Research. Melbourne, Australia. Nov. 30 -Dec. 5, 2007.
     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Re-envisioning the connections: Composition and service learning. Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. Boston, MA. March, 2009.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Technical communication across the curriculum: Growth and sustainability. Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication. San Francisco, CA, October, 2007.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Composing communities through collaboration. Conference on College Composition and Communication.  Chicago, IL, March 2006.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Bringing the benefits of international internships to the university curriculum. Seventh National Writing across the Curriculum Conference. St. Louis, Missouri. May 2004.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Cultivating an appreciation for Mexican business culture. Second Annual Mayan Resorts Academic Conference. Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. July 2004.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. & Watts, J. Z. Developing a technical communication curriculum for an interdisciplinary, vertically integrated research/teaching initiative. Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication. Clarkson University. Potsdam, NY. October 2003.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. The challenge of interdisciplinary communication practices for bioengineering: A case study. Biomedical Engineering Society Conference, Section 3.6: Integrating the Core Competencies into BME Education. Nashville, TN. October, 2003.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. "Learning to write / Writing to learn": Considering the limits of a pedagogical binary in science and engineering communication in the disciplines. Council for Programs in Scientific and Technical Communication. Logan, Utah. October 2002.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. & Andrews, D. Program assessment for technical and engineering communication programs, with Deborah Andrews, Association of Teachers of Technical Writing National Conference. New York City. March 2003.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Patient-centered care and patient-centered communication. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Chicago, IL. March 2002.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Processes for thinking about WAC’s future. Sixth National Writing across the Curriculum Conference. Houston, TX. March 2002.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P . The role of format in fostering student problem-solving. Association of Teachers of Technical Writing. Chicago, IL. March 2002.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Writing across the curriculum and the assessment of student learning. A Working Conference on Issues, Models, and Faculty Leadership. Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Network for Academic Renewal Conference. February, 2002.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Testing assessment approaches with engineering reports. Workshop for University of North Carolina Charlotte Conference at Wildacres, NC. May 2001.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Evaluation of communication instruction in a simulated professional physics laboratory. Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, MO, March 1988.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Double bonds and double binds: Understanding chemistry students' writing processes.  Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. Charleston, SC. Feb. 1997.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Transcending boundaries and increasing minority acceptance into medical school.  Conference on College Composition and Communication, Milwaukee. March 1996.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Linking electronic resources and students' heuristic processes.  National Council of Teachers of English, Los Angeles, November 1987.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Corporate culture and the writer's role in high-risk technology organizations. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, GA. March 1987.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Evaluating communication with the concept of uncertainty. Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 1985.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Trends in product liability affecting technical writers. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Dallas, March 1981.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Teaching literature to hospitalized drug addicts. College English Association Convention, Philadelphia, March 1975.

     
     Invited Talks
     

    Driskill, L. P. Teaching What We Preach: Designing Courses in (Un)Occupied Territories. Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. The role of discourse in developing disciplinary identities. Invited lecture. Department of Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies. Carleton University. Ottawa, Ontario. Canada. January, 2009.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P.; Hewitt, J. & Watts, J. Z. “Communities of practice theory and identity construction in science and engineering courses”. Conference on College Composition and Communication. March 2007. New York City.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Structuring intensive communication programs for minority students seeking admission to medical school.  Presentation to Association of American Medical Colleges Meeting of Minority Medical Education Program Directors, Washington, DC. September 1995.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Legal issues in technical writing. Conference on Teaching Technical and Professional Communication, University of Michigan, August 1980.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. The donor figure in medieval art and Chaucer's dream-vision narratives. Medieval Symposium, Rice University, October 1974.

     
     Lectures
     

    Driskill, L. P. & McSpedon, M. A Method for Qualitative Gender-based Analysis of Disaster Survivors’ Interviews. Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference. Cedarville University. Cedarville, Ohio.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. The Communication Challenges in Preparing Women and Youth: The Hyogo Framework (United Nation) and the Provention Framework 2007. Workshop: Earthquake Hazard Mitigation for Developing Countries. NSF-funded workshop for invited participants. July 29-30, 2007. Houston, TX.

     
     Other
     

    Driskill, L. P. & Tracy Volz, T. Fostering scientific reasoning and writing skills in chemistry through Web site design. Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, Cornell University, June 1999.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Research priorities for the new millennium: Researching language in organizations. Association for Business Communication. Los Angeles, CA. November 1999.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. The challenge of assessment in engineering communication. IEEE Professional Communication Society convention. New Orleans, LA. September 1999.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. & Hundleby, M. The Culture of Evaluation: ABET 2000. Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Santa Fe, NM, October 1999.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Shared responses to shared challenges: Future collaboration between the MLA, ABC, and NCTE. Association for Business Communication International Conference. San Antonio, TX  Nov. 1998.

     
     Posters
     

    Driskill, L. P. & Yuh, C. A Gender-based Method for Analysis of Disaster Survivors' Interviews. Natural Hazards Annual Workshop, University of Colorado.   

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. (2007). Technical communication across the curriculum: Growth and sustainability. Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication. San Francisco, CA, October, 2007.

     
     Session Chair
     

    Driskill, L. P. Planning International Collaborative On-line Projects for Engineering Students. International Conference on Engineering Education and Research. Melbourne, Australia. Dec. 4, 2007.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. & Burnett, R. Posters: A new communication conference tradition. Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, October, 2006.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Boston-Paris International business communication videoconference. Special Interest Group Session. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Boston, MA. March 1991.

     
     Workshops
     

    Driskill, L. P. Developing research designs in business communication. Association for Business Communication, Montreal.  November 1993.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Conducting research inside organizations. Conference on Teaching Technical and Professional Communication, University of Michigan, August 1984.

     
     

    Driskill, L. P. Working with authors and editing documents. Fall Six-week seminar. University of Houston Law Review. Fall 1984

     
    Editorial Positions
     Other, Business Communication Quarterly. Association for Business Communication. (2002 - 2002)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Interorganizational Committee on Engineering Communication Assessment, CPTSC (1999)

     Research Committee Leader, Association for Business Communication (1998-2000)