So who the heck am I and what makes me qualified to help you learn about information design?
Hmmmm….well, for starters, I was, and still am, a professional technical communicator. I spent years practicing the art and craft of techcomm (my abbreviation for the field) in a variety of workplace settings. I also spent quite a few years as a consultant and it was during those years that I learned the importance of design AND being able to display data. That means, I have a whole lot of experience so I’m not asking you to do anything in class that you won’t be asked to do in the workplace.
Beyond my practical, hands-on, words in the trenches experience, I spent a few years in school learning theories of writing. After a sufficient amount of time reading and writing, the powers that be at the University of South Carolina decided to award me a doctoral degree in Rhetoric with a specialization in technical communication.
That’s the short version. Throughout the term, you’ll learn and hear more anecdotes about my varied experiences as a consultant. Feel free to ask questions at any time. I have a complete open question policy. You can ask pretty much anything and I’ll give the most direct answer I can. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find it out for you.
As far as who I am? My last name says a lot about me: I’m Cajun. I grew up on the border of Texas and Louisiana not far from the Gulf Coast, the youngest child of a working class family. I have a big, boisterous, straight talking, story telling, eating, drinking, laughing, crying, Catholic family. All of those things have marked me in significant ways and directly impact who I am and how I teach. And we like to watch the tree grow.
As a tenured faculty member, I am expected to do research and make a contribution to the academic field.
I live across the border in Kentucky so I can still tell people that I live in the South. I am slightly sports obsessed, which means in my spare time I am often watching sports on TV or streaming some game on the Internet.
An interesting factoid that most people don’t know about me is that I collect limited editions of Dr. Martens. You might see a pair or two this term.