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Why is there a divide between academics and practitioners in tech comm? •

Why is there a divide between academics and practitioners in tech comm? Tip: Check out the podcast I recorded on this same topic here: Podcast: The divide between academics and practitioners — Interview with Lisa Meloncon. The divide between practitioners and academics TechCommGeekMom recently attended IEEE ProComm in Ireland and wrote an interesting post highlighting the divide that exists between practitioners and academics. I’ve been interested in this divide for some time. In some regards,

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Thanks to EMOO.EU for featuring and commenting my article. It was interesting to read, because I realized that the quotes must have been translated from English to another language back to English!  I need to work more on writing more standard or neutral English, it appears! 


In the meantime, the author and I seem to be coming to similar conclusions about the divide between academia and practitioners, and the author makes some valid recommendations to help bridge that gap at the end of the article. 


What do you think? Do you agree with this author’s position? Do you agree with the recommentations? Comment below. 


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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