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Professor TechCommGeekMom? Not quite…

Professor McGonagall
Professor McGonagall, I’m not. But, I am an instructor, so that’s a start.

I’m about to start into a new adventure. In a sense, I’m entering the “family business”, as my father implied when I told him the news. It’s certainly going to be a new adventure, for sure.

As of yesterday, I’ve been hired to be an adjunct instructor at my alma mater, the New Jersey Institute of Technology. I’ll be working in the Humanities department, specifically working in the graduate program for the Master of Science in Professional and Technical Communications (MSPTC), which is the program I went through to get my Master’s degree. Ironically enough, I’ll be teaching the course that started TechCommGeekMom, which is the Theory and Practice of Social Media.  The official course description reads:

Introduces social media strategies for reading and writing in today’s multi-cultural, screen-oriented, networked culture. Students study relationship between mediated communication and human community and gain hands-on experience with chatting, blogging, tagging, wiki writing, tweeting and social media presentation. Students strategize, plan, design and produce social media projects of their own.

I remember it being an enjoyable class, or at least, I enjoyed it. I’m planning on using the current curriculum as a template, but adding a few extra things to it, like talking about the impact of social media marketing, and how it is impacting current events (that latter part I’ll have to do carefully).

To clarify, I’m not a PhD, nor do I pretend to be one. But this is a great opportunity that NJIT is giving me, with the potential to be teaching more and helping to grow the program.  I’m excited, and understandably anxious about this new adventure. But it holds some promise–even as a part-time gig.  I’m looking forward to sharing concepts and ideas with my students, and the conversations we’ll have.

But don’t call me professor…I’m an adjunct instructor. Mrs. Villegas or Danielle is fine. 😉


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.

2 thoughts on “Professor TechCommGeekMom? Not quite…

  1. Congratulations! That’s exciting news. I hope you’ll enjoy teaching as much as I have.

    And you are like Professor McGonagall, except that (as far as I know) you can’t turn into a cat.

    1. Thanks, Larry! I hope I’ll enjoy it, too. As I said, it’s practically the family business. My father worked in education his entire career (and even post-retirement for a bit). My sister has taught, and even owned her own drama school for a while. My brother has taught classes for continuing ed over at Duke (I think that’s where it was). So…yeah. Hopefully it’s in the blood!

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