Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker


Betsy Smith
Associate Professor
Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy
Tennessee State University

Elizabeth (Betsy) Overman Smith teaches courses in technical writing and composition in the Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy (LLP) at Tennessee State University. Her technical writing students include criminal justice, social work, and engineering majors.

She incorporates computers into her teaching activities and has co-edited with Michelle Sidler and Rich Morris Computers in the Composition Classroom: A Critical Sourcebook (Bedford/St. Martin's). The anthology earned the 2009 Distinguished Book Award presented by editorial staff of the field's major journal, Computers and Composition.

She is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology for LLP and Coordinator of the Title III project Strengthening Student Writing. The Title III funds have supported faculty workshops on computers and writing and increased the use of technology in writing classrooms with the purchase of two 30-laptop carts. In two Faculty Learning Communities sponsored by the TSU Faculty Support Center, she has helped developed web-based information for faculty on students with disabilities and writing.

Betsy is the Competition Director for the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. She became an Associate Fellow for STC in 2005 and was awarded the STC Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006.

Her research interests include using citation analysis to study the history of technical communication. She presented her most recent research, "Technical Communication Networks," in a poster session at the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing 2009 Conference. She continues to build off of a citation analysis of technical communication journals, 1988-2007. Her research article "Strength in the Technical Communication Journals and Diversity in the Serials Cited" [Journal of Business and Technical Communication 14 (2000): 131-84] was awarded the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Best Article Reporting Historical Research or Textual Studies in Technical or Scientific Communication.

Professional Development Speaker


Tony Baker
Associate Professor
Department of English and Communications
Tennessee Tech University

Anthony D. Baker taught high school English in Nevada before earning his MA and PhD in rhetoric and composition from the University of Louisville. Since 2001, Tony has directed the first-year writing program and taught a variety of courses in composition, rhetoric, and literature at Tennessee Tech University in the Department of English and Communication. He serves as a teacher consultant with the Upper Cumberland Writing Program and regularly conducts writing pedagogy workshops for P-16 instructors. His eclectic research interests include composition pedagogy, visual rhetoric, postmodern texts, graphic novels, and disability studies, and his publications include chapters in Teaching the Graphic Novel (MLA, 2009) and Autism and Representation (Routledge, 2008) and articles in WPA: Writing Program Administration, Workplace: The Journal for Academic Labor, Tennessee English Journal, and Kentucky Philological Review.

His interactive workshop, “Teaching English with Web 2.0 Tools,” will demonstrate a wide variety of free online tools for composing, collaborating, publishing, and presenting and suggest rationales and strategies for using such tools in writing and literature classes, followed by old-school, low-tech, face-to-face discussion and idea exchange.


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