Lee Odell
Author Lee Odell serves as the associate dean for the school of humanities and social sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. A professor of composition theory and research in the department of language, literature and communication, Odell has also directed the department's off-campus M.S. program in Technical Communication and a summer workshop, the Technical Writers' Institute.

As the author of over 50 published articles and book chapters, Odell’s recent publications discuss ways visual and textual information interact, both in print and on-line. Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing, Writing in Non-Academic Settings with Dixie Goswami along with Evaluating Writing and Research on Composing, both with Charles Cooper, are included among Odell's numerous publications.

Odell has served as Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) and of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Assembly for Research. He also serves on a number of editorial boards of scholarly journals, including the Journal of Business and Technical Communication and the Journal of Advanced Composition.

Odell's articles have received the CCCC Richard Braddock Award and the NCTE Publication Award for research on technical communication.

He is also the recipient of NCTE’s Braddock award for the article, "Teachers of Composition and Needed Research in Discourse Theory." 


Susan Katz
Susan Katz currently serves as an associate professor in the department of English at North Carolina State University, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in business and technical communication. Katz worked in television and advertising for thirteen years before she decided to attend graduate school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. There, Katz received her Masters in 1991 and Doctorate in 1996 in communication and rhetoric with her focus on the studies of writing in public and private organizations.

As author of The Dynamics of Writing Review: Opportunities for Growth and Change in the Workplace, Katz has also contributed articles to the IEEE Transactions on Technical Communication and The Journal of Business Communication.

In 2003, Katz received the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Achievement Award for New Scholars in the Humanities and the Arts. She was also awarded the College of Humanities and Social Science Outstanding Junior Faculty Award of '00-01 and the Rensselaer Founders Award of Excellence in 1994.

Diana Musgrave