I am a member of the leadership steering committee for the award-winning Women in Technical Communication, where we seek to improve the working conditions and mentorship of women in our field. I regularly provide service to my field through journal, proceedings, and conference peer review.
Over the past several years, I have been part of the leadership team for the Association of Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group for the Design of Communication (ACM: SIGDOC). This work has included chairing the organization, working on the annual conference, co-founding and editing our publication, Communication Design Quarterly, and participating in our peer review process. During this time, we rebooted the SIG to focus on user experience and digital culture, while supporting the work of junior scholars. I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together, and I am looking forward to seeing where the SIG goes next.
Across the academic community, you can find me serving on conference committees, program committees, and peer review. We do this work because we want to support our field and our scholars.
When I was an undergrad in the 90s, I worked as an administrative assistant to the general manager of Florida’s Singing Sons boychoir. I learned a lot about how to work with volunteers, patrons, parents, and kids. I built their first website, created databases for tracking donations, and built a wonky spreadsheet to track ticket sales. This job set me on the path for wanting to do good in the world, supporting the arts and humanities, and volunteering for non-profits. The teachings of the best boss and mentor I have ever had, volunteer leader Kathy Schnell, are still with me today.